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Butjam

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Questionnaire
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:32:04 pm »
Afternoon all, as another step in my attempt to solve some of the issues that people are finding with the forum, I'm writing a set of questions to try and get an understanding of it all. If you have the time, please answer them as the more people the better. Keep this thread for responses and use this thread for discussion. Leaving them all as write in answers so we can get a better idea of how people feel. Just 8 questions for now, please submit answers below. If you'd like to remain anonymous, send the answers in a PM to me and I'll do it on your behalf

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[u][b]1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?[/b][/u]

[u][b]2. What's the main reason you use the forum?[/b][/u]

[u][b]3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?[/b][/u]

[u][b]4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?[/b][/u]

[u][b]5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?[/b][/u]

[b][u]6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?[/u][/b]

[u][b]7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples[/b][/u]

[u][b]8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?[/b][/u]
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Jamie2721

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2013, 03:25:20 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

7

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

To see the discussions/ bitching

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Too harsh

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Tell mods to be less strict. Moderation for only  inappropriate language/ pictures... or illegal posts

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Not really

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

Yes

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Sometimes, the discussion is usually closed after a member from shall we say TUP or UKRP makes there point to get the final say. I don't see why threads need to be closed all the time

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

Banning people less would probably encourage them to remain...

Smack

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013, 05:01:11 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

6

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Dunno.

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Far too strict. They restrict discussion within a thread when it naturally changes topic over a discussion, which if not completely relevant to the thread topic, starts receiving warnings for off-topic.

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Yes. Stop being so god-damn anal about some of the rules. If a thread is still going on a discussion, even if it's not part of the original topic, but has veered there naturally over the course of a discussion, then don't start warning people. Let it continue as it is. There's no point warning people.

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Off-topic central should be a lot less stricter than the others.

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

Yes.

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Moderators do react differently depending on the person. It's sad. E.G. Goku.

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

Less anally following the rules. Fairer moderation.


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Talon Karrde

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 05:17:22 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

5

    2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Juicy gossip and fun topics to entertain

    3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Too strict- does it actually matter if a thread moves in a different direction, or I post a funny image? The point should be to entertain, not be rigid for the sake of it.

    4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Be less strict and let people have fun!

    5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

No- be lenient everywhere. Some people will argue no matter what, let them.

    6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

Yes

    7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Yes- but not intentionally.

    8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

Mass PMing campaigns, and simply more good content threads- there's a critical mass that we need to hit.

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Prof Moriarty

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 05:20:37 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

3.1415

    2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Worship the great lord Boblo.

    3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Too much Butjam.

    4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Electing me.

    5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Appoint me to Off-Topic because I post there the most.

    6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

Yes, I do. Otherwise all of our bitchiness would go into General. At least with the two it dilates.

    7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Not electing me last time was quite clearly bias.

    8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

I believe topless women is the answer.
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Sven_Goran

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2013, 06:04:07 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

4

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

self-flagellation

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

bias, both real and perceived.

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Given that the best option - positive discrimination - seems to be "off the table", no.  However a bit of leading by example couldn't hurt.  when forum admins / mods are caught buying accounts, or trolling their rival's feeds hard every day, you do start to wonder.

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

No

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

These forums have to re-earn the right to host all-party political debate.

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Yes.  I've given examples before, and can do so again, but the specific groups and individuals involved are obvious.

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

All party support for the forums.
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ando_calrissian

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2013, 06:44:13 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

Assuming 1 is the most unsatisfied: 3 or 4.

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

...because it doesn't take a lot of effort.

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Too harsh.  For a forums that is already so seldom used, the strict moderation is discouraging.  In particular, off-topic discussion should be more tolerated and we should be happy that people are using the forums full-stop.  Take for example the thread recently where a request for an alternative online game turned into a chat about the TA.

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Yes - stop moderating the forums so much, or at all.

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Only the strictest in-game conversation (e.g. congressional discussion) should require moderation.

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

Sure.

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Not necessarily, but then I do not pay much attention to "the divide".

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

An active forum community.  End of.

On a related note, I think the number of forums and sub-forums is too excessive.  I would rather have a few active-looking sub-forums spanning a range of subjects than a billion dead subject-specific sub-forum.

Dan Moir

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 06:57:15 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

6

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

It's quite simply the best place to have a discussion about the game and it also enhances the community experience.  Also allows for previous discussions to be recorded and referred to in future.  It's a very useful tool and is underused.

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

It's essentially now just a group of friends from UKRP.  There is no logical reason why it would be so UKRP heavy.  It's not like a high proportion of the active players are from UKRP in particular.  I'm not by any means suggesting that there should be equal representation between the parties.  I believe that generally the best person for the job should get the job regardless of allegiance.  That simply isn't happening though and selection of latest admins and mods is frankly laughable.

They also seem slow to deal with things and scared of making a decision without having a committee meeting.

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Perhaps appoint people based on ability and activity.  Does kdogg actually do anything (1 post in the last month)?  Also, if there aren't good enough applicants why feel the need to have 8 people on the mod team?  With lower activity, 5 or 6 decent mods would still be more than enough.

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Yes.  I think it's important, otherwise what's to stop people who oppose a certain proposal from taking it wildly off topic and perhaps having it resulting in a lock?  There are plenty of forums where you can be more relaxed with the rules but unless you want every proposal to get dragged down into spammy nonsense and have no value then you should keep PD well moderated.

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

100%.  Every other method is massively inferior.  Records of discussions need to be kept and there needs to be accountability.  Forums do this best, no doubt about it.

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Meh.  Not especially.

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

Ban Goku.  He puts people off contributing.

Get the government to advertise the forums, not just via articles but also via feeds and PMs.

Restore congress (sensitive) forum and move more discussion back to the forums.

Start threads and encourage others to, even if it's off topic stuff.  The more threads there are, the more people will contribute and the more appealing the forums become to others.  Don't add extra forums though unless absolutely necessary as this puts people off as it can seem daunting at first.

Increase the time that posts are shown for in new posts.  These days there sometimes aren't any at all and it's often only one or two.  Increasing the time might help more people see them and contribute to them.

Forum awards.  They've shown a certain level of success before and no doubt would do again.  Just actually check everyone for multies properly because those threads always attract them.  If you set up some awards for people getting to 100 posts, etc. they should be hooked by the time they get to that point.

Add some more functionality.  Use the API to give info about people, the country, government news articles, etc.

Sort out facebook and twitter accounts controlled by admins/mods for continuity and try to drive traffic both to the game (primarily) and also to the forums.  Ensure regular posts and friending is actually happening, encourage forum members to join/follow/retweet, etc.

Send out a newsletter to the emails of everyone who ever registered on these forums who isn't banned.  Try to get back the glory days or at least some of the people who've long since given up.

Niemand

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 10:30:17 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?
6
    2. What's the main reason you use the forum?
to know what is going on in eUK (and to read the gossip/trash/insults)
    3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?
harshness (I like to have less moderation, but maybe that is not possible in the current situation with some people trying to make things bad).
    4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?
Not really except to go on in fairness.
    5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?
Off topic needs less moderation I think.
    6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?
Yes, it is the most interesting thing about eUK.
    7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples
Not really, maybe there is some harshness against the abusers of the forums, but that is quite understandable, but please try to give the most space possible for such people.
    8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?
Publish articles about interesting discussions.
Try to raise awareness that the eUK forums are the history, the backbone and the future of eUK.
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Carlini8

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2013, 10:54:22 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

Meh

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Habit / To make sure I don't miss out on anything (not that there is much anymore)

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

They should just attempt to stop arguments breaking out. Also need to see the difference between an argument and a discussion.

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Why does anyone give a shit if the current topic does not match exactly the name of the thread? Seriously? Why the any race other than Hobbits are allowed in the book The Hobbit is beyond me, OH WAIT.

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Don't even get what the difference is between Public discussion and General.

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

Political discussion is the only real discussion that actually goes on here, bar the OMG WE ALL SEE THE SAME UPDATE ON EREP posts

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Political parties and MUs are the only groups worth targeting. If you want these forums to be good for our country in eRep focus on making them useful for the game not getting people distracted with other stuff.

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

Actual eRep talk, plenty of topics for other people to want to read. A well planned out area for new players would be good.

Iain Keers

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2013, 11:02:27 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

2

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Non-erepublik in private subforums

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Incompetent, egotistical and totally out of touch with the actual game (and somehow proud of this...)

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Get rid of the ones we've got, starting with Frerk.

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

No, they should all be moderated equally. Unless it's prejudiced (ie racist) or specifically reported, it should be ignored. If it is reported it should only be removed if it's actually deliberately nasty. Ie. "I hope your mum dies" is nasty.

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

Originally yes, in it's current environment I wouldn't encourage new players to join the forums no. If I ever do become CP again, I'll be ending the official sponsorship of this forum.

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

I do believe the admin team are inherently biased and hostile towards some players yes. For example Goku is banned for what is a relatively trivial offence. He was clearly banned because the admin team do not like him. Similar infractions by other people would have been overlooked. Similarly, I received infractions because I called Frerk an egotistical moron. There are many instances of people calling Goku an egotistical moron. I doubt any of them were infracted.

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

At this stage I truly believe it is too late. However you might want to consider who actually recruits people to the forum (ie community leaders) and try not to be so stupidly high handed. At the end of the day all the forum admin staff are is appointed, unpaid janitors who mostly don't even play the game. Any prestige comes from the success of balancing the various interest groups in the UK so they'll all use the forums. Atm you are failing utterly to do it, and it's interesting that even mods and ex-admins think so.


Ps. Guaranteed "omg Keers gonna Keers, just ignore him lol. He's always like that lol. Durr hurr lol" in admin IRC room. So predictable.
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Gav Miller

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2013, 01:07:22 am »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

8

    2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Community, sub-forums, being off-topic and bantah

    3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Consistency.

    4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Other than more communication (which you guys probably do enough of anyway), consult other admins/mods as to whether something is worth infracting? Don't know if this is already done or not.

    5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Yes. Off-topic should be handled as it says on the tin. Off-topic.

    6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

I have 0 interest in erep's political module but I wouldn't let a new user step foot in there.

    7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

There is bias against the queers in the LGBT sub-forum, johno was awfully upset at being left out.

    8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

Political bullshit is kept to PD/Governmental sub-forum and party forums. Unless it is strictly moderated to the letter, most political "discussions" descend in to mud-slinging and spill over to other erep topics. Then again I try not to pay too much attention to that so what do I know?

Applaud/Smite users option (like eusa forum)

All admins/mods reviewed by Kumnaa every [insert number here] months?

If possible, apolitical admins/mods. People who are known not to give two hoots about parties or political aspirations. I.e. A more active kdogg (no offence kdogg >_>). This is usually the go to excuse for most people when complaining about admin/mod decisions. Although having just read that you only got ~4 applications for new mod, lolnevermind.

Mod for a day/week. Give all the complainers (limited) power for a day/week of their choosing and see how they find it.
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Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2013, 07:39:31 pm »
Dear Mr. Butjam,

I have filled out the questionnaire you have provided and attached it to my post:

     1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?

7

    2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Communication with p cool people (BBH).

    3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Inconsistency in the enforcement of rules.

    4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Lol, idk.

    5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

No, the rules are a basic set of things to keep people using the forums in a nice way to everyone and keep things appropriate, there's no reason to change the way they're enforced because of the section.  

    6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

No, I don't believe it belongs anywhere.

    7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Yes, I believe there is bias against women, Jews, black people, Asians, the working class -- essentially anyone who isn't male white middle class.

    8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

The forum being affiliated with something that isn't as terrible as eRepublik is now.

(Lol, idk.)

All the best,
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Malkaiser

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2013, 03:56:33 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?
3

    2. What's the main reason you use the forum?
To discuss eRepublik and eUK.

    3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?
The moderators' purpose is to moderate and punish people with the rules as their tool. Their purpose is not to build a community or aid discussion, why isn't it?

    4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?
Mostly stop moderating things. If a discussion is unreadable because the topic changed too many times or an argument broke out then just split it. Dump arguments in a sub forum and clearly warn people before infractions if it continues. If there's porn or gore delete it. Otherwise you are not needed. Prune the rules to reflect this.

Stop recruiting trolls you enjoy chatting to on IRC as moderators.

    5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?
Little moderation in any of them as above.

    6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?
Not with the current rules, it isn't safe to discuss things freely.

    7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples
Jokes in PD, not moderated: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=86418
What was taken as a joke in PD, moderated: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=86358

    8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?
Stop punishing people. Stop locking threads. Allow discussions, allow topics to change midthread if the original point is done. Recruit members of staff to actually go and recruit people from specific groups instead of more inactive members of one or two parties - realistically you can't say that only UKRP has talented players!

Alice

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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2013, 06:02:08 pm »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?
7
2. What's the main reason you use the forum?
Fun
3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?
Foolish use of Chamberlain's appeasement strategy. Needs to be a lot harsher on trolls (Goku/jamesw/ilk) and a lot less harsh on lulz (Smack/CptChazbeard/ilk)
4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?
Make permanent bans for repeated malicious behaviour permanent, I can think of one person who silly admins are trying to appease who has commit a dozen or more permanent ban offences, this person should be banned for all eternity (Goku).
5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?
Yes. Harsh on off-topic in PD, harsh on trolling in general, lenient on everything that isn't porns/gore/piracy in off-topic.
6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?
It is meat and bread -__-
7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples
Yes, there is a clear bias against properly punishing people who cry loudest. There will always be problems if this is not rectified.
8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?
That is the job of every user of the forum, and it is made difficult by a ridiculous minority who actively discourage involvement. It is a symptom of the demise of eRepublik as an interesting game to play, the forums are not as useful as they should be due to the degradation of gameplay and teamwork.
Some persistent trolls will always discourage involvement whether they get their way or not. Banning such people forever (Goku) would be a good way to protect new users from their rubbish.
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Re: Questionnaire
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2013, 09:40:46 am »
1. From 1-10, how satisfied are you with the forums at the moment?
4

2. What's the main reason you use the forum?

Nowadays, simple the Off Topic Minecraft forum, reading anything else is just the usual 2 side BAWWWW that we all see ingame and frankly is dull.

"These" 2 sides have effectively ruined the eUK community with their bitching and Bawwwing both ingame and on here, "Your Gov" did this, "Ah but,Your Gov did that".

Until that is resolved people simply wont bother posting anymore, what's the point....

3. What problems do you feel the moderation team has, (bias, harshness etc. etc.)?

Harshness, and inability to allow topics that have gone off on a tangent continue on this trend.

4.Do you have any suggestions for how the problems from number 3 can be solved (bearing in mind that choosing mods from specific parties or electing them is off the table)?

Rather than infract, or stop discussions dead, how about changing the title? or just allow it to run its course. Not hard is it....

I submit the afore mentioned "OFF TOPIC" section thread viewtopic.php?f=703&t=86340

Note 11 posts before a moderator butted in... Since then 0, you killed the thread..... Only 2 replies actually reference the original topic. Its Off Topic, thats why its in the off topic forum! Not in addition to the fact that it was actually turning into a good recruitment thread for our RL forces and encouraging people not to just sit on thier ass*s behind a desk.  :lol:

5. Public discussion, general and off topic central are all three different areas of the forums, do you believe that there should be variations in moderation across the three boards? If so, what?

Moderators should just common sense whatever section its in. If a Topic is lively, heavily posted in and attracting lots of discussion whether its on topic or not, LET it continue.  

6. Do you believe the political discussion of PD belongs on the forum?

7.Do you believe that there is any bias or targeting of specific groups on these forums? Can you provide examples

Seriously?? If you can't already see this yourselves then us providing examples isn't going to change anything. The key here is too look over posts yourself, look at comments made by those you infract and then look for comments made by similar people from your own "group". Its pretty much clear to most on the forum.

8. What will encourage more users to join and remain on the forum?

Get rid of some forums, and tidy things up, your spreading an already thin user base thinner by having MASSES of forums. Do we really need a PD & General forum, look at the threads in both, a ton of the threads in General are related to Political matters! Last I checked Embassies were also Political......

How about a revamp of the look of the forum? Might be difficult without Kumnaa (can never spell the name), but a new look might allow you a "relaunch" of the forums with a new look and attitude. There are plenty of Mods avaliable for PHPBB that could allow a revamp with some pretty nifty and cool features.

Move the focus AWAY from Erep. We are a community and as such should change to that sort of style, clan type mentality, many of us play lots of other games besides erep, often as groups, the gaming section proves that. To use Minecraft as an example, we have about 20 of the UK community just on our server from ALL Erep sides, and I know there are Steam groups setup for other games also. The forums started as an EREP addon, but a community of online gamers exists. Embrace that!
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