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Dreaming Dreams: An Invitation


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Synopsis #6

 

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Note: The input is great so far and some is now beginning to overlap. Please review what has been suggested before posting. As well, for those who have/will contribute, please let me know if my synopsis either seems incorrect or does not reflect your input.

  • Affirmation of existing forum community;
  • Affirmation/Challenge: Engagement between OBS/Community;
  • App: If going this route, do not force/make it mandatory. Recognise website user context/demographic; & focus on optional aspect;
  • Balance hub with centralised communication, but relaise people are platform loyal;
  • Challenge: Commit to one social media hub as the centra; 'voice;'
  • Challenge: Make sure any new GUI/HUB/Platform is choice driven by community member, as opposed to mandatory;
  • Challenge: Steam like platform;
  • Devs: Further engagement and more accessible;
  • Explore a model similar to uPlay/Origin;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that incorporates RPG into character/account;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that incorporates RPG into character/account & allows for actual game-play with levels/milestones on the site, perhaps even with PvP;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that facilitates RPG between members;
  • Explore designing Obsidian client that facilitates cRPG  i.e. Discord/Steam connectivity;
  • Explore designing platform to share mods for future games;
  • Explore establishing a news portal that curates various feeds;
  • Fora: Implement Agree/Disagree/Rep buttons;
  • Fora: More useful buttons, such as "Helpful", "Interesting", "Agree" and "Respectfully disagree" as opposed to just "Like;"
  • Highlight: Blogs & further enhance; 
  • Highlight: existing social media platforms without necessarily centralising a one stop communicaiton channel;
  • Highlight: Obsidian Plays;
  • Highlight upcoming streams/Youtube;
  • Tie access to certain communities to game ownership;
  • Website: Highlight active stream/social media updates & Dev interaction/posts; and,
  • Website: Update & utilise more intentionally.

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Don't forget to put a pinball in the corner so idlers have something to do...

 

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Hmmm... I agree strongly with the point about keeping a central coherent voice. I mean, I know what it's like as a business. You want more "views/clicks", so you keep creating more social media accounts to spread the word. "Hey, think of the potential million users in China! Let's start an Obsidian Weibo account!" ;) And then the fans have to run around gathering info from various places/platforms. Sure, its a labor of love. But it would be really nice to know: For the latest info on Deadfire, I just need to go to place X. And it would be nice if that place X was your main website instead of a social media platform. 

 

 


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Hmmm... I agree strongly with the point about keeping a central coherent voice. I mean, I know what it's like as a business. You want more "views/clicks", so you keep creating more social media accounts to spread the word. "Hey, think of the potential million users in China! Let's start an Obsidian Weibo account!" ;) And then the fans have to run around gathering info from various places/platforms. Sure, its a labor of love. But it would be really nice to know: For the latest info on Deadfire, I just need to go to place X. And it would be nice if that place X was your main website instead of a social media platform. 

That would be useful. It might also be helpful if each social media platform contained a readily visible link to the main information center should they wish to learn more.


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Thanks eveyrone for your feedback here and via PM and email. Will likely draw this to a close soon and share your great ideas with Admin soon. Any other thoughts or ideas that occur to you that have not been mentioned? We'll keep the ocnversaiton going for the rest of the week and then wrap it up :)
 
Synopsis #7
 
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Note: The input is great so far and some is now beginning to overlap. Please review what has been suggested before posting. As well, for those who have/will contribute, please let me know if my synopsis either seems incorrect or does not reflect your input.

  • Affirmation of existing forum community;
  • Affirmation/Challenge: Engagement between OBS/Community;
  • App: If going this route, do not force/make it mandatory. Recognise website user context/demographic; & focus on optional aspect;
  • Balance hub with centralised communication, but relaise people are platform loyal;
  • Challenge: Commit to one social media hub as the centra; 'voice;'
  • Challenge: Make sure any new GUI/HUB/Platform is choice driven by community member, as opposed to mandatory;
  • Challenge: Steam like platform;
  • Devs: Further engagement and more accessible;
  • Explore a model similar to uPlay/Origin;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that incorporates RPG into character/account;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that incorporates RPG into character/account & allows for actual game-play with levels/milestones on the site, perhaps even with PvP;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that facilitates RPG between members;
  • Explore designing Obsidian client that facilitates cRPG  i.e. Discord/Steam connectivity;
  • Explore designing platform to share mods for future games;
  • Explore establishing a news portal that curates various feeds;
  • Fora: Implement Agree/Disagree/Rep buttons;
  • Fora: More useful buttons, such as "Helpful", "Interesting", "Agree" and "Respectfully disagree" as opposed to just "Like;"
  • Highlight: Blogs & further enhance; 
  • Highlight: existing social media platforms without necessarily centralising a one stop communicaiton channel;
  • Highlight: Obsidian Plays;
  • Highlight upcoming streams/Youtube;
  • Tie access to certain communities to game ownership;
  • Website: Highlight active stream/social media updates & Dev interaction/posts; and,
  • Website: Update & utilise more intentionally.

Examples/Resources

Contributors



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My thoughts on the forum reactions:

 

Get rid of the like button. Better for people to have to talk to each other and explain what they like and dislike without the distraction of e-peen.

 

The e-peen is only that on each forum member's site you can see the overall number of likes. I agree that that only serves as an "e-peen" so to say. And I would not mind if you got rid of the overall likes counter on the profile page.

 

That has nothing to do with being able to "like" a post. In my opinion you should still be able to just press a button to express your support of a post. Just take away the information how many likes a forum user has gathered so far all in all.

 

The second matter would be what types of buttons should be there and is "like" sufficient?

 

You know what the forum needs?  Separate +Rep and Agree buttons.  Because sometimes I disagree with someone but still approve of their post, but if I Like it then people often assume I am agreeing with them.

 

If you ever would fear that someone could misinterpret you giving a "like" to someone, maybe you should write your opinion on that matter rather than giving only a forum reaction.

 

So it would be possible to live with the "like" reaction button only. But I agree that additional buttons could help you to avoid to have to write a lengthy reply or being misinterpreted when you give a "like".

 

However,

 

I'd suggest to add buttons "Helpful", "Interesting", "Agree" and "Respectfully disagree" as it is on Paradox Plaza (the "Respectfully" part might be obvious, but, nonetheless, important).

 

whatever kind of buttons you use, do not use negative ones. Only use buttons that are encouraging in a positive way.

 

You already seemingly addressed this issue by calling the disagree reaction "respectfully disagree". That will not work in my opinion. We are on the Internet and people just don't disagree respectfully here :p

 

Negative reaction buttons should never be used because they will lead to backlashes. People would give someone a negative forum reaction because they received one themselves. Out of vengeance. Yes, on the Internet it works like that.

 

Calling a disagree button "respectfully disagree" will not help with that. If you disagree with someone or something you should really write it down - and then others can give an "agree" reaction to your disapproving opinion.

 

TL;DR I favor separate "like" and "agree" forum reactions. Do NOT use any "negative" forum reactions. Disable the reaction counter on forum members' profile pages.


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The next issue I would like to address on this forum is the HUGE waste of space. This post serves as an example.


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Look at my previous post. I only posted one line and look at much space got wasted by that post:
 
 
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It is because of my avatar, some information about me and the badges. Is is really necessary that everything below the avatar is posted again - time and again - EVERY SINGLE TIME I make a post?

 

I would say ALL of the information on the left side belongs on my forum profile page but should not be displayed with every single post I make.

 

Optionally, if you wanted to take this to the extreme, you would even replace avatars by much smaller thumbnails of them. And you would disable signatures. All of which would be visible on the profile page.


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Just don't change the edit function... or maybe do as long as you don't allow a window in which a user can edit their post without the post being marked as edited. 

 

An edit is an edit is an edit. So sayeth the wise <this space for rent>.


Edited by ShadySands, 03 August 2017 - 01:56 PM.

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Now let me show you two much more compact design alternatives. I only made them very quick, so don't mind any quality issues due to quick 'n' dirty photoshop. My point is about the layout.
 
Alternative Design 1:
 
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Or, if you wanted to show the badges to everyone with each single post (which I am NOT in favor of):
 
Alternative Design 2:
 
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As I said I'm not a fan of displaying the badges with every single post. Instead they should be visible on the profile page. I mean the actual graphics. At the moment, the graphics are NOT displayed on the profile page, only the names of the badges.

Edited by Fluffle, 03 August 2017 - 02:05 PM.

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^Looks somewhat similar to the mobile view 

 

PS I like 2


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Synopsis #8
 
Quote

Note: The input is great so far and some is now beginning to overlap. Please review what has been suggested before posting. As well, for those who have/will contribute, please let me know if my synopsis either seems incorrect or does not reflect your input.

  • Affirmation/Challenge: Engagement between OBS/Community;
  • App: If going this route, do not force/make it mandatory. Recognise website user context/demographic; & focus on optional aspect;
  • Balance hub with centralised communication, but relaise people are platform loyal;
  • Challenge: Commit to one social media hub as the centra; 'voice;'
  • Challenge: Make sure any new GUI/HUB/Platform is choice driven by community member, as opposed to mandatory;
  • Challenge: Steam like platform;
  • Devs: Further engagement and more accessible;
  • Explore a model similar to uPlay/Origin;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that incorporates RPG into character/account;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that incorporates RPG into character/account & allows for actual game-play with levels/milestones on the site, perhaps even with PvP;
  • Explore designing an Obsidian client that facilitates RPG between members;
  • Explore designing Obsidian client that facilitates cRPG  i.e. Discord/Steam connectivity;
  • Explore designing platform to share mods for future games;
  • Explore establishing a news portal that curates various feeds;
  • Fora: Affirmation Edit function
  • Fora: Affirmation proper
  • Fora: Any buttons added/implemented, do not use a "negative;"
  • Fora: Implement Agree/Disagree/Rep buttons;
  • Fora: Improve use of real-estate and limit unused/negative space = more compact;
  • Fora: More useful buttons, such as "Helpful", "Interesting", "Agree" and "Respectfully disagree" as opposed to just "Like;"
  • Fora: Have Like for posts, not necessarily for members;
  • Highlight: Blogs & further enhance; 
  • Highlight: existing social media platforms without necessarily centralising a one stop communication channel;
  • Highlight: Obsidian Plays;
  • Highlight upcoming streams/Youtube;
  • Tie access to certain communities to game ownership;
  • Website: Highlight active stream/social media updates & Dev interaction/posts; and,
  • Website: Update & utilise more intentionally.
Examples/ResourcesContributors
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Thanks to you all for your engagement! After 13+ years of this, I continue to be inspired and grateful for the way individuals such as you help nurture this larger community that OBS continues to encourage, celebrate & include in its own creative journey!
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