With that in mind there are some exciting new changes going to be made to our forum over the course of this summer. Not everything will be large in scope, but some things will. We'd like to make the forum more informative, more friendly to newcomers, and easier to navigate while still focusing on the things that make this site so great, community generated content.
So, without further delay, here is a breakdown of the changes made today:
- The creation of a new category in the forum entitled Information. This new category is intended to house the various forums that help members of the community both new and old find information on playing the game, learning new maps, answers to common questions, etc.
Added to the Information category are the Announcements, Newsletters, Strategy, and Questions & Answers forums. You will notice that the last two forums listed were previously sub-forums and have now been promoted to full forums to increase traffic, visibility, and usefulness.
A new forum entitled Newsletters has been created to house all three of the popular community generated newsletters that have been circulating for a long time now. We felt it was about time they had a home of their own where members can find old issues, ask questions, make suggestions, and participate in the newsletter experience. The main Newsletters forum is where all the polls, subscription threads, requests for interview questions, and general newsletter discussions will take place. Added to that main forum are dedicated sub-forums for each newsletter that display all current and previous issues for the community to peruse and enjoy.
The chief newsletter editors have been given a title under their username of "Newsletter Editor" if they so desire to bring attention to the dedicated work they have performed so far.
Inside of the Strategy forum there has been a new sub-forum created entitled Official Guides which houses the results of the strategy ad-hoc to this point. Over in the strategy ad-hoc they have been working to create a series of map specific strategy guides that will help the average user learn how to play any specific map and/or settings a little more efficiently. They are not intended to be comprehensive in all ways, and if you would like to help further this project please see the instructions on how to join the ad-hoc inside the Strategy forum. At the moment there are 10 completed guides, with many more soon to be released.
Last but not least, there has been a general shuffle of the order forums are displayed in the forum index. This has been done to get the forum ready for the next step of improvements down the line. It also has been designed to bring focus to areas that are heavily focused on user-generated content such as maps, tournaments, and individual training.
We hope you enjoy the changes, and we do understand it will take a little adjusting to the new order of things. We hope that the changes throughout the summer will help everyone to enjoy the community that much more.
Regards, Optimus Prime