Restructuring the official Forum

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  1. Cerus

    Cerus Travian Senior Community Manager Moderator SOTA Developer

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    UPDATE 3/7/2018: Reorganization completed!

    Avatars,

    Just a few weeks to go!

    On March 27, Shroud of the Avatar will be launched on an international scale. This milestone will bring significant changes on the community side, as more players, languages, and cultures will enrich our community in the future. This also means that we will begin adapting our platforms, and the first step is about to begin.

    Next week we will be archiving some of the older content, restructuring sections, adding categories for further languages, and last but not least - expanding our moderation team and on-boarding Moderators for the respective language sections.

    As the community keeps evolving, we will be working continuously on further improvements as needed. We will keep you informed about every change and improvement on these platforms.

    This is the forum structure you can expect to see next week:
    • Town Hall
      • Announcements
      • New Player Welcome
      • Community Event
    • Game Forums
      • General Discussions
      • Game Features
      • Release Feedback (containing the current Release-Forum, Bug-Forum as well as the QA-forum for the upcoming Release)
      • Developer Blog (Containing Dev+)
      • Localization
    • Community Forums
      • Guild & Town Hall
      • Player Created Resources
      • Screenshots & Video Galleries
      • Player Marketplace
      • Fire Lotus Tavern
      • Make a Difference
    • Avatars Around The World (to be revealed later, additional languages as well as needed)
      • Deutsche Community
      • Communauté Française
      • Comunidad Hispana
      • Comunidade Portuguésa
      • Comunità Italiana

    We are open for your feedback and are looking forward to having a multilingual community!

    Berek & Cerus
     
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  2. Berek

    Berek Senior Community Manager

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    We are also considering further refinements to the forum style (color changes, icons updated, etc.), and possibly new plugin features, but these will come later as we can integrate the new website.
     
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    I was actually going to make the comment about color changes. The gray/white on dark backgrounds is terrible for my eyes. I know others like it but it really bugs my eyes. When I look away from the screen, I can still see ghost images from the text. It would be great if we had a way to toggle it like a lot of forum sites.
     
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    I really like the darkish theme of the forums. Please don't change it too much.
    I use them late at night and it saves my eyeballs.
     
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    Could be a real interesting idea too to make the forums available while in game.

    Think about how cool that would be ;)
     
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    In this day and age, there is no reason why a forum can't have several options so readers can pick their favorite.
     
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    As a user you CAN choose your theme. I just hope they keep the old one as a choice we can make :)
     
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    I offer my services in moderating the Piglatin Language Forums.
     
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    I'll do the Esperanto forum.
     
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    The SotA forums do have a color selection, but it's hardly what I would consider a theme. It only changes the highlight color for the theme they are using.
     
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    I wish we could also incorporate some kind of "Lore/Roelplay Newspaper" in the forums (even in game). Could be a feature to keep in mind, maybe have some people to approve posts... Like an in game kind of announcements but from a story perspective. Rumours etc. Drastic world changes could be told through the eyes of scouts of the kingdom etc.
     
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    please, please, please keep the darktheme!
     
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    We will likely be keeping to a darker theme with just subtle shifts in the lighter text colors and whatnot.
     
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    Definitely need a Russian language subforum.
     
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    thought that was being offloaded?
     
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    Ah, missed that.

    @DarkStarr @Berek, would it be prudent to have some of Black Sun's community staff in the SotA Discord server for russian speakers who find their way there?
     
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    I assume the Discord rooms will eventually be aligned as the forum is, including individual rooms for other languages.
     
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    That mean Russian people are not allowed here? They don't have a choice?
     
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    They have their own Russian website. The others are all under Travian.
     
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    Right, so they don't have a choice? Are they restricted and forwarded by IP address? Seems odd to split the player base when everyone plays on one server if they play online. Can they keep using these forums if they want to?