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Official Suggestions Thread

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This may be just a personal strife rather than an actual problem. There are a numbers of sections with too many pinned threads in my opinion. Just for a few quick examples, Community Area has 9 pinned threads with only 2 of such having had activity in the last month, Breath of the Wild has 6 with half having had no activity in over a year, and General Gaming has a whopping 10 with only 3 having seen replies in the last month.

I appreciate that the moderators will have a much tighter grasp on which threads need to be pinned than I do, however I personally see a lot of room to trim down the fat here. My experience with pinned threads is that if there's more than 3 or 4 I simply reject them when I'm browsing new sections. I'd struggle to say I've visited more than a handful of pinned threads as it stands as a result of there simply being too many for me to take interest in them.

This may be a step too far in the other direction but my thoughts on the matter are that only threads with information genuinely needed by everyone should be pinned. Others such as the "rate your day" thread or "hints and tips" style threads will remain at the top of the list for as long as they remain relevant and then will rightly fade away. There will of course be exceptions and I can understand why the mods would want to leave "favourite dungeon" style threads pinned as that will no doubt save them a lot of trouble merging threads when new users come along and start new ones for that purpose. However, as it stands, the pinned threads in some sections pose little use to new users as there's simply too many to actively take note of.

This may simply be my visual laziness however.
 

Mellow Ezlo

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My suggestion is to bring back to GKAs. Don't break a long standing tradition just because one or two people don't feel like putting in the work to run them. I know the decision came mostly from pure laziness and I don't buy for one second that it was a decision made as the volunteer team. Regardless, it should've been discussed with the rest of the community first anyway.

I would've posted in the community discussion thread regarding them but it was conveniently not posted even though the shoutbox message said it probably would.
 

Spiritual Mask Salesman

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I'm in agreement regarding the GKAs. The announcement states they are being skipped:
due to the lack of activity vs the workload of setting them up.
I don't see how the previous year's activity is any different than activity in previous years were we did hold them. I could see maybe cutting some catagories out to ease the load if it's an issue, but skipping the event completely seems unnecessary.
 

Jirohnagi

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My suggestion is to bring back to GKAs. Don't break a long standing tradition just because one or two people don't feel like putting in the work to run them. I know the decision came mostly from pure laziness and I don't buy for one second that it was a decision made as the volunteer team. Regardless, it should've been discussed with the rest of the community first anyway.

I would've posted in the community discussion thread regarding them but it was conveniently not posted even though the shoutbox message said it probably would.
Bit rude there really, you do realise this community has depreciated even more than ever right? More to the point we can do GKA's but the simply problem is, the people who are active now were voted for (in the most part) for last time and are now ineligible to be entered again. It also doesn't help that people have lives to conduct outside the forums, i know for a fact since a few new games have appeared theres been virtually no activity forum wide.

I do agree however a forum wide post should've been posted in regards to the entire forum but again just boils down to, same faces again and again, we have a few new people but not really enough to fill all the categories.
 

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Been thinking About the GKA categories. Having all the categories would be too much for this shrinking community. Ive been thinking about what categories to keep and this is what I'd suggest
Most Helpful
Best Debator
Best Poster
Best Mafia Player
Best Role Player(don't know how active RP is )
Best Theorist
Best Lurker
Most Active New User
Most knowledgeable about Zelda
Best Artist
Best Graphics (could this be merged with best Artist?)
Best Writer
Best Music
Best Username
there could be more or less categories depending on what we need. Enough categories for a nice award thread but not so many to overwhelm our smaller size.
 
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I'm just throwing my two cents in here now as I feel the worst of the arguments have calmed down. Despite only being here for a fairly short amount of time and having no experience with these awards prior, it seems counter-intuitive to me to postpone events such as the awards due to inactivity.

A community is only ever going to be as full as the space allows. While there are certainly external factors that contribute to the success or downfall of forum boards such as this one, by and large my overwhelming experience with these things has been that once the staff give up, the users give up. By placing the banner at the top of the forum as has been done the staff have effectively said to the community "We know you're not doing too god right now so we won't concern ourselves with big jobs such as this".

My intention is not to insult anyone on the moderator team, please accept my apologies if I have. I'm not trying to point fingers or accuse anyone of being lazy. The logic is fair in that if an awards event is going to take a lot of work, but there aren't many members around to benefit from it, why bother with all that work? However my point is that of you set the bar low for the community in dissallowing things that a larger community might have enjoyed, you are not allowing the forums to grow back to place of prosperity.

If you're growing a plant, when it gets too big you eventually have to give it a bigger pot to grow in. That bigger pot gives it more room to grow even bigger, and the cycle continues until eventually you have to plant it outside. If that plant then began withering, you wouldn't dig it up and bring it back inside because "The size doesn't warrant the effort of caring for it outside", you would continue to nurture it and provide it room to return to its original strength. By cancelling things like awards because the community supposedly isn't big enough, you are effectively digging that plant up and giving it a smaller pot. The community will never grow to its original size if you don't give it the space to.

This may seem like a trivial matter and I may come across as dramatic in my assumed results of this cancellation. I only say these things because I've witnessed them before. The only positive to postponing the awards is saving a few staff members some work. However, the potential negatives are to lead the community on yet more of a downfall by convincing them that they are never going to be big enough to deserve a spot in the garden again.
 

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I have added the reaction @Rubik.

In regards to the GKA related discussion I think that the communication regarding the "cancellation" could have been handled much better. I'll take the blame for having not been around much to oversee pretty much anything for the past few months and my absence has largely contributed to causing this issue. Given that the community clearly want the awards to take place (and so do I) I will see to it that they do.

I'll make sure we have a thread posted by the end of this month in which the Comm. Coordinations and Volunteer team will seek feedback over the next few weeks regarding the awards so that anyone can have a good place to put their thoughts and contributions. More detail will be in the thread so keep an eye out for that over the next few days or so. Given that we will need time to collect this feedback and then organise the awards, I'll set a tentative frame of November/December to be holding the awards (with results being posted before the end of the year of course). While this time is different to when we usually hold the awards this should give us an opportunity to see how they fare at a different time of year.
 

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