Forum Redesign

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Doomotron, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. Doomotron

    Doomotron Well-Known Member

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    Past community managers have talked about redesigning the forums to be more intuitive and I have some suggestions for the possible layout of it.

    First of all, having loads of Off Topic forums for each game is not efficient, and therefore they should be combined into one large subforum, alongside the subforums for each game. On the Hobbies section, you'd have options for Fishing, TS, TSW, and the new off-topic section. They could also give it an interesting name, like GTPlanet's Rumble Strip. Maybe it could be called The Platform or The Station. The Introduce Yourself section of the TS subforum could moved into this new area as well, as I reckon that subforum is from the days of Engine Driver and when DTG only made Train Simulator. It might also be useful to have a support section there.

    The Fishing subforum is a weird one, as there is no distinction between the four different games. They should all be separated to make them easier to identify and keep things on topic.

    For TSW2 there should be the ability to have threads in the main game section itself for each game, as currently the 'TSW General' area seems to be the PC Discussion subforum. Alternatively there should be a General Discussion subforum like for TS and the fishing games.

    In the end, it should look something like this:

    Dovetail Fishing
    Announcements
    Dovetail Live Article Discussion
    General Discussion (Fishing Series)
    Bassmaster 2022 (repeated for all four fishing games)
    General Discussion
    PC
    PlayStation
    Xbox
    Technical Reports
    Suggestions
    Creation Centre​
    (RailWorks) Train Simulator
    Announcements
    Dovetail Live Article Discussion
    General Discussion
    Technical Reports
    Suggestions
    Creation Centre​
    Train Sim World
    General Discussion
    PC
    PlayStation
    Xbox
    Technical Reports
    Suggestions
    Creation Centre​
    The Platform (this can include anything off-topic that you can think of; the main ones are the Introduce Yourself and Site Support sections)
    Introduce Yourself
    General Off-Topic
    Sport
    Railways
    Fishing
    Technology
    Art
    Entertainment
    Site Support
    (Items in bold serve as folders and cannot have threads created in them)
     
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  2. trainsimgaming1001

    trainsimgaming1001 Well-Known Member

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    I think General Discussion for all platforms is a Must Have on the TSW forums. Too often people either post in Off Topic or post content on the Platform they play on that could be related to any platform on TSW
     
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  3. Hiro Protagonist

    Hiro Protagonist Active Member

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    Agreed 99%, although if you take general discussion out of the specific platforms (which does cut down on duplication) then you're pretty much left with the remaining duplication of the Technical Reports, and some discussion about platform-specific performance.
     
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