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Liebster
Nov Gold Premier Club Member 2017

Liebster

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Hi there,

this is a way the "new" version of my old "Forums are XP waste. Change it"-thread but in this thread, I'm not only suggesting rewards for foruming. The major question for this thread is:

Are sacrifices inevitable if you want (a lot of) new players to join the forums?


Any suggestion that leads to more forumers is warmly welcome. Especially we'll discuss ideas that mean some sort of sacrifice for the players or for Jagex and if anyone finds the perfect idea for new forumers for which nothing has to be sacrificed I'm completely fine with this.

To give you a short idea of what I mean with sacrifice I want to put it two ideas for the start:


1st: Jagex should use the forums as communication tool and forums only.

With this is meant that there should be no more JMod twitter accounts, only RuneScape and Jagex. And instead of tweets, there's a sticky in which every JMod can post. Then there's no interaction on Reddit anymore. Players who want to interact with Jmods may use the forums. 80% of the tweets done by RuneScape should lead to the forums.

There would be an enormous sacrifice. But on the other hand, it was handy if there's only one place to communicate with players. Players needn't check dozens of sources and Jagex has one place to interact with the community, everything is bundled at one place and Jagex is completely in charge of that place.

This would be the suggestion following the guys that always say "More Jagex interaction on the forums". In this case, it would be more interaction and furthermore the only place for interaction.


2nd: In-game rewards for foruming

The sacrifice here could be a spam-free atmosphere. It could also be against the principles of many forumers. Forums have always been something you do voluntarily without any reward besides the fun. I don't care what kind of reward it is. I don't care at this point what kind of reward it is.
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27-Dec-2018 09:59:04

Liebster
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Liebster

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But it has to be a really good one if we want to encourage players to use the forums. Maybe an achievement diary for the forums. Maybe you need to complete it for comp cape. Maybe XP rewards, maybe outstanding well in-game items. It's up to you.


You may now discuss. :)

Cheers
Liebster
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27-Dec-2018 10:01:08

Louiellen

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There is no single solution for this, but if you ask me there are two parts in the puzzle:

1. CM Jmod interaction
2. Forum software

The first one is crucial, as for the last 10 years of RSOF we have witnessed CM Jmod population shrunk from 9 regular members to just 1 today (Mod Meadows). It is a basic business interest of companies today to interact via Social Media, hence Jmods with no other tasks but to interact through social media platforms were hired. If only Jagex tweak their job description to 50:50, fifty percent in Social Media and 50% of their time here in RSOF that will work wonders.

The second one is a much bigger problem, as it will incur cost at Jagex's end. We're still stuck with this old forum software from what? Something like 15-years ago, with Jagex from time-to-time updating it to add few features here and there. If we can have a new forum software that supports common forum controls, it will be easier for players to navigate here compared to social media.

I don't think handing-out xp through forum activity will be the answer. It is a wrong solution to the problem.

27-Dec-2018 11:06:17

Loki
Sep Gold Premier Club Member 2011

Loki

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JMods will not leave Social Media while the forums are so hard for them to access. They have mentioned multiple times that due to security measures they can only access the forums on their JMod accounts while in the office, with the exception of Mod Lee who has a special laptop provided by Jagex allowing him to work from the United States.


The forums need to be drastically updated and changed before anything else is considered.
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