AG Forums Falling Apart?

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Hey there.

It looks like you're concerned with the AG's forums, right? Well, I and about 90% of the community's regulars are, and we think some changes ought to be made. Don't worry, I've got some backstory for you. Right here: http://armorgames.com/community/threa....

Check it out.

Let's get down to business, shall we?

The last few weeks I and other users have fun duking it out debating what needs to be done and we're here today to share what we've found. Don't worry- the admins know. This message is directed towards those who don't know, and helps get our ideas spread around.

AG3 has been in development for God knows how long. Cormyn, AG's former community manager, used to be the bearer of AG3's news from the admins. He was also always there for the mods if they needed a perm-ban for a naughty user. He locked threads, deleted offending comments, confronted users; he was one active, and strict, mod. He was an admin, and we really need someone like him to help out. Carlie was a lot like Cormyn, but she helped lay-down some of AG's foundation. She was another community manager who has long since been gone. She was really nice and welcomed new users to the community; she made it a really enjoyable place for everyone. We need a new community manager who can do all of this.

Nearly the entire moderator team is inactive. Many users are ever trying to contact inactive mods, but aren't getting responses. Frusterated and angry, they end up quitting. The mods also help with getting the community happier by making sure their presence is felt. Cormyn and Carlie did the same thing. We need active mods and inactive mods need to be confronted in order to get their situation in order.

The community isn't really known around the site. It needs to be renamed to "Forum," and a larger link (maybe a banner) is needed. We need new blood in there to take places of retiring veterans. Speaking of veterans, many are leaving because the AG forums, their favorite pastime, is falling apart. Once a vet's friend list is empty, he feels alone and leaves as well. We need to try to get vets to stay.

New users coming in to take vet's spots are not of quality. They tend to be spammy and generally leave immediately because the forums are so bad. We need to attract new users to the forums by creating a pop-up that shows after registration; other sites have this, and it works like a charm.

That was the crash course of what has been discussed. For a full version, please read this thread: http://armorgames.com/community/threa....

Post any ideas you may have here or there, and, for God's sake, visit the forums while you're there!

Thanks! =)

If I missed anything of value, let me know and I'll edit my post.
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  • ready for change and have some great ideas

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Main things I'd like to talk about:

- AG3:

Since Cormyn left we haven't had an admin post in the AG3 subforum. He's been gone for over a year. Users are starting to doubt AG3 being released and we feel that the ideas we are discussing within that subforum are being overlooked because there is no admin participation.

- Community manager:

Forums generally need community managers. They keep everything stabilized, answer technical inquires regarding the site, discuss ideas, and inform us about future updates. We don't have that, and we haven't had that in over a year. With Carlie and Cormyn we had all of that, not to mention the armatar contests Carlie hosted in the Art, Music, and Writing subforum. Since they've left activity in the AMW and AG3 subforums--not to mention the others--have been stagnant.

- Moderators:

There are currently three visibly active mods; Gantic, Freakenstein, and NoNameC68. Most of the mods haven't posted in the forums for months and some of them only come around once in a blue moon, and newcomers never get their questions answered on their profiles. What we've been talking about is demodding the inactive mods and replacing them. My idea is for an admin to send an email to their emails asking if it's possible for them to moderate the site anymore, if they don't respond within a week or two then demod them. I understand that they may have real life things they have to take care of, but having inactive mods on a site such as AG is inconvenient.

- Community button:

It's vague; it doesn't specify what community is. Perhaps if you were to rename it to Forums it'd increase activity there. I don't see how it could be difficult to rename a link.
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Next to the suggestions already made, I would like to add these...

# Bulletin Board_

A simple bulletin board on which issues, problems and news is posted by the admins about anything related to ArmorGames!

For example: in face of the recent forums closure, all they would then have to do is simply write up a short message explaining to the community/users what is going on and so, stop the confusion they are experiencing about that!

# FAQ Buttons on the Help Forum_

Make a simple layout of small buttons the users can click and then be directed to the particular section explaining the most common problems experienced on ArmorGames.

For example: a lot of new users ask how to befriend someone. All they would have to do is click a button that says: "Friends" and a page with all the FAQ's about this problem would open.

This feature would cut back on all the work the moderators now have in answering the same question over and over and over... well, you get my point! ;)
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Edit: nevermind, didn't read enough.

But, like thaboss has said before, they probably won't waste time doing anything to the old AG. They're all working on 'AG3.' It better be good. It better be stupendous. It better fix everything. Anything less, and thaboss is gone.