Hi Webbstre! Recently in another thread you said...
I confess I go back & forth a lot between RGF and forums.runicgames because I like both places. But it's becoming more and more tiresome to do that! I'd love to be able to stay in one forum, but feel that I'm not missing out on anything that might be happening some place else.
Originally Posted by Webbstre
I go to forums.runicgames because I feel there are a lot more discussions by modders, with mod-making tips or help over there. I think that's just a self-feeding kind of thing - there's a lot of mod talk which attracts modders which creates more mod talk, etc. I'm not saying RGF should focus on mod discussions; I'm saying I think talk begets talk. The subject matter could be anything really.
So I think making it easy for people to talk is what a forum has to be really good at. And that's where I've got some suggestions for RGF. It's a sleek site really, but it's daunting. Here's what I mean...
There are too many ways to go about doing one thing. Look at the bottom of this post - you've got "Blog this post" on the left and "Reply with quote" on the right. Then at the bottom of the thread
there's "Reply to thread". I've been here a while but I'm still confused as to which does what
. I am saying that complexity can be a barrier to easy talking.
The forum layout is kinda confusing. When you get to the forums landing page (runicgamesfansite.com/forum.php) the center panel shows 3 forum categories: Main, Torchlight II
forums and Guest forum. Then in the Forum Navigation panel on the right, there's Main (okay), Torchlight
1 Discussion, Torchlight 1 Modding
, Torchlight MMO
and General/Other Games. If these are all co-equal sister categories, they're better displayed in the center panel. And the right Nav panel is collapsible, so the categories there risk being missed.
I think the site tries to do too much in one space. It's really like 3 sites in one - there's the news part of the site, the forums for member talk and the wiki. Each is a big and important chunk
. So when you have them intertwined on one site, it can feel like a maze! Breaking-out the site into 3 distinct places is, in my opinion, the single step which would have the largest simplification benefit.
But here's what I really like about RGF. I love the mods database! As a modder I really appreciate being able to track the number of downloads for each of my mods! And auto-creating a thread for each mod page is really elegant!
I hope I don't come across as a hater! When I said I'd like to settle down into one forum, I'd really rather settle down here. And I hope I haven't caused you any frustration or hurt - I offer this feedback in the spirit of wanting to help and I hope it can be taken as constructive.