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Future Forum Organization

Post  sciocont on Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:07 pm

We need to figure out how we can organize our new forum, so that it doesn't end up messy like the last one.
Here's what I think.
I. Global Stickies
A. Forum Rules
B. FAQ (FAQ & links to current concept threads)
C. Forum History (Links to old forum, spore page, ModDb page, G4 page)
D. Hot topics

II. Editors*
-A. Organism
-B. Tech
-C. Planet
-D. Solar System
* Each Editor section shall have a current concept thread, and an ideas thread by default. If a big idea is thought up, it can be expressed as its own thread

II. Gameplay
-A. Gameplay Modes**
--1. Organism
--2. Strategy
--3. God
--4. Observer
** Each Mode Section will contain a current concept thread and an ideas thread
-B. Gameplay through stages
--1-X. However many "stages" we have decided to contain. Each "stage" will have a section and a current concept thread.
-C. Evolution
--1. Organism Evolution
--2. Tech Evolution
--3. Planetary Evolution
-D. Environments
-E. Npcs

III. Game Extras
-A. Achievements
-B. Easter Eggs
-C. Other

IV. Extra Game Ideas
-A. Extra Game Ideas

V. Outreach
-A. Legal
-B. Marketing
-C. Building the Development Team
-D. Other ways to reach out

VI. Technical/Conceptual Work
-A. Programming
--1. Language
--2. Engines
---a. Physics
---b. Graphics
--3. Coding Information
--4. Procedurals
---a. Modeling
---b. Animation
---c. Skinning
---d. AI
--5. Auto-Evo
-B. Prototypes
-C. Concept Art/ Models

VII.Other
-A. Welcome/ General Questions
-B. Misc.
--1. Sticky to remind people not to spam or make games.

It's a bit complex, but much better than what we have now. Anything I have missed, Please tell me and I'll add it. Bottom line is we need a lot of organization, so that it is easy to find what we need to find.
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Re: Future Forum Organization

Post  US_of_Alaska on Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:50 am

It looks good except for the fact that there is nowhere for the concepts. We need a place for things that have been agreed upon. Like the Master Threads, but better worked. Also, i don't believe there needs to be an ideas thread for each Mode, but rather have people make their own threads with ideas and once they are agreed upon they be moved into the current concept.

But i think that there needs to be three stages of confirmation for ideas. My proposal is simply that we have a section for Ideas, a section for Concepts, a section for Technical, a section for Marketing&Legal and a section for Miscellaneous.

Basically, new ideas are placed in the Ideas Section. If a poll has been run for a month and the option 'yes' has the majority, then a wrap up thread will be composed and placed into the Concepts Section. If the majority of votes here is yes then the thread will be stickied and will have [AP] placed in the title. Any EM can demand a confirmed thread to be re-voted on, if they have public backing. In the Concepts Section only EMs will be able to post new threads, but anyone can post in the threads.
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Post  sciocont on Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:35 pm

Section IV is for ideas and will be handled in that way. I've tried to keep everything else pretty general so it will be easy to change things around.
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Re: Future Forum Organization

Post  US_of_Alaska on Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:47 pm

Okay, i think i get it.

I still think for the sake of cleanliness it would be better to place all of the Ideas Sections (II - IV) into one Ideas Section, and then have a duplicate and locked-to-all-but-green-names Concepts Section.
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Re: Future Forum Organization

Post  sciocont on Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:33 pm

That works- that way only Mods can make things official.
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Re: Future Forum Organization

Post  US_of_Alaska on Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:36 am

Exactly. No more blur between accepted and not! And most importantly: the less confusion, the more production.
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Re: Future Forum Organization

Post  Invader Zim on Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:33 pm

Well, the current 30-day poll would still have to be used in the process of establishing an idea.

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Re: Future Forum Organization

Post  US_of_Alaska on Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:47 pm

Invader Zim wrote:Well, the current 30-day poll would still have to be used in the process of establishing an idea.
Of course.
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