Photo-Receptor Focus on: SWTOR Official Forums
A visit to the official SWTOR forums can resemble a scary walk through an unfamiliar forest. Only there’s no handy-dandy yellow brick road to guide you through. I must confess, I don’t visit them as often as I used to. When I do, it’s usually to check out the Dev threads or a specific post someone has mentioned. If I need general info, I find that Google is my friend. It’s easier to get answers there, than trying to search through the official forums on my own.
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Now and then, though, I brave the trolls and search the community forums. Sometimes it’s even entertaining. At least as long as I’m not trying to find something specific. If I haven’t succeeded with Google, trying to find the diamonds I’m looking for can be very frustrating and time consuming.
A special mention: I really like the new design they came out with a while back. It’s very classy looking. It doesn’t help me find info any better, but at least the colors are nice and it’s easy on the eyes.
I don’t like the endless trolls, though. They pretty much ruin the forums for those of us that might like to comment. I feel sorry for those who are genuinely trying to get a question answered and get buried under nonsense.
To be honest, I’m not sure why gaming forums in general aren’t better moderated. Probably someone more knowledgeable than me has an answer for that. It seems to me, that if there was a higher bar set and these posts were quickly removed, eventually the trolls would get tired of not getting away with their nonsense and leave. Now, to be fair, Bioware does a better job than most on their gaming forums, but it can still be daunting.
It’s definitely annoying to have to read through troll notes. I do feel sorry for the trolls in a way, though. Imagine having nothing better to do, than to see how much havoc you can create on a forum. I wish they’d turn all that energy into something positive instead of negative. I guess chances of that are probably somewhere between slim and none.
Another thing I wish for is that each server had its own forum and was not a part of an alphabet group. Having a dedicated forum would make it easier to find posts for each server. Scrolling through pages to find posts for one server does take time. I’m sure I miss things I’d like to read because they were sandwiched between other server names.
I have no idea how difficult it would be to give us our own forums. Obviously, with all the talk of super servers and server clusters (whatever those are), now is probably not the time to change the forums. However, I hope Bioware decides and announces what is to happen with the servers soon (closures, mergers, transfers, whatever). Once that’s done, I hope they consider giving each server its own forum. Oh, yeah, and some moderators with special anti-troll powers would be nice, too.
That’s my two credits. What’s yours?
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