Maybe a forums rework is need it?

First of all, i do not know if this is even possible and the right place to Post it. Just something that sometimes feels overwhelming and time consuming.

I’ll try to make this Short and understandable.

Take X Y Z and devs/forum users.

X creates a NEW topic. The topic seems interesting for a Couple of users including Y and Z. X receives some replies on his topic, one of them being from Y…now Z is not on the same page with Y and a contradictory conversation starts. A lot of Times it happends that this contradiction ends up with Trolling/name calling/topic closure, only because Y and Z have different opinions.

Now the bad part comes for the devs and forum users. Usually this thing between Y and Z goes on for days/weeks and in most case either self expires or is being closed by a Moderator.

Why not have the conversation between Y and Z optional and have the Main topic Clean, something like YouTube/Facebook. I was thinking of somekind of “message/reply” style topic interaction where Y and Z could reply to eachother without Messing up X’s Main topic, while still having their chat opened for all users that enjoy some good Popcorn.

Maybe this could make reading on this forums a lot less stressfull/distracting for the devs and other forum users. Topic could finally have some content apart Having Y and Z all over the place, and, maybe a dev/mod would even take their time and reply to X’s topic.

I Had my Account suspended a Couple Times for going a mile to far, but i also find Y and Z conversations useless and mainly offtopic(unfortunately, atm i find myself between those Y’s and Z’s). You might say, just skip it, sure no Problem…if it would only be a Couple of posts, usually it goes for 10+ replies from Y and Z( those Walls of text).

In other words, if you are a normal Reader and not there for the popcorn, you kinda read a bad book…sometimes interesting content…but without a Happy Ending.

So,
Why not Upgrade the forums with some QoL Features?

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I do get confused about what I was reading in original post buy the time I read 60 or so in a 160 post string. Not picking sides and I enjoy reading alot of the posts. Sometimes can’t tell who is backing what at times it seems people have changed sides from their original opinion. Generally agree with points from both sides unless it’s a I hate this or that rant. Having a separate string of posts for people that just want argue more than be constructive would be fine with me.

I was expecting that :slight_smile: , sorry for it.
Was trying to see if it is possible to have replies more compact, in Order to have an easier time to go through ontopic replies. Check youtube messaging for a example.
For example i reply to a video, you reply aswell. Now the third Person comes in and replies to my reply in the Video. His reply should be optional for you to read.

Makes more Sense?

PS: i’ll get you to understand me, one way or another, in this life or the Next and so on :wink:

Edit: i do not know why i always end up with These Walls of Text. Maybe because of doubting that i will be understood.

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I have in the past been a forum moderator, an administrator as well as a forum rat / lurker.
While it has been some ten years since I wielded those powers, I don’t think what you are asking is possible.

It’s an interesting idea.

I just don’t think the software is capable of this action.

Which would then mean a person, Mod or Admin would need to “adjust” things.
These people are for the most part volunteers, even if they work for the company. They most likely have other duties and obligations.

It is for this reason that I think any idea which would require more effort from a volunteer would fail.

Moderation and Administration are NOT easy tasks.
It may look easy from the outside, but believe me it is a difficult job indeed.

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@Coty I wasn’t talking about your current post witch has merit. But some of the very long posts that go on. I am a one finger texter on my phone. Don’t always catch typos and auto fill and not about to talk to this phone.

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The software they’re using on these forums probably wouldn’t support a feature where “replies to replies” could be shrunk and expanded the way e.g. Reddit or Youtube comments section does. It would likely require migrating to a whole new forum platform, or at least installing a huge load of new cyberware into the current one.

As much as I appreciate it that Funcom still has traditional forums, rather than stuffing all discussion to sink into the forgotten abysses of modern social media platforms, I’m not sure whether such a major overhaul would be worth the effort.

But I do think @Coty’s idea is not bad per se. It would quite probably improve readability a lot if sidetracked discussions were automatically rerouted to their own paths.

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Ooo topic not yet closed.

Hope is reaching higher Levels!

Sorry to be the party pooper, but @droch-aon and @Kapoteeni got it right. These forums run on Discourse, which does not support threaded comments and most likely won’t:

I don’t see Jeff Atwood changing his mind about the design principles of Discourse:

And I also don’t see Funcom investing time and effort into migrating the forums to a different software.

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Why you Had to link me that? :))

Really hopeless now :crazy_face: