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  1. So I'm going to do this as an FAQ-style thread. On the scale of things this isn't important, at least not now, but it will probably become more important as we get closer to launch date. The main reason behind the post is that I'm on the record of saying that new staff members should introduce themselves, so people can ask the correct questions of them. So not posting this thread would be entirely hypocritical. Right, without further ado, here we go: Why are you the new community manager? To which the answer is I'm not. I'm not here to manage the community at all, I'm here to help it. So while I have moderation options I don't intend to use them except in extremis. The reason for this is that I am to act as an official go-between (gopher) between staff and the forum members. To do this I need some official sanction. So while I have moderation facilities, using them to penalise/mod the threads and posts of the forum members is not conducive if I then have to represent them as well. The role came about in a very round-a-bout way. It may still evolve and I might find myself being called something else like MVP (most valuable forum poster - which is horrible). However, in principle it came about for the following reasons - and this I should point out is my own interpretation. First of all, there is an acknowledgment that the only community that counts for Crestfall is right here on these forums. The only community that's more important will be the players on the server, but they still need the forums to communicate on. We fully realise how quiet the forums are, I highlight it pretty much every month. So by having me liaise with the community stresses how important we think you are, especially over the next few months as we get closer to launch date. You all know what will happen to the forums once the bandwagon starts and how toxic it may become, so this is a preventative cure before the toxin arrives. We will be better prepared. In terms of Discord and Reddit, after the Legacy Gaming Network event and fallout, it's become clear that neither serve as a suitable medium to communicate with the Pserver community. There is a CF reddit forum (Tumbleweed) and there is a semi-offical Crestfall Public Discord here https://discord.gg/MVN8B82 modded by @Chickengrease I will turn up on it from time to time as I need practice in dealing with people on Discord, but again, in a semi-official way. I'm confident closer to launch we'll start a fully public Discord set of channels again as well as a Reddit forum (heavily modded), but this is predominantly to catch another subset of players as well as a communication tool. Hence, backing up the value of the forums here. Lastly, the project is kicking into professional mode in relation to communication. We have 9 months left for 2017 and a commitment has been made for a launch this year. There is a very large amount of work to be done, but most if it involves crunching numbers and scripting as the core elements are in place. As such, the staff should be concentrating on getting the server and realms resolved and spending less time on the foums here answering every question that comes along. So the days of casual conversations with the God Crew are coming to an end. So this is where I come in. My job is to act as a bridge between the two, filtering out the less important questions and observations by answering them myself, or sending the more important ones to the correct individual and relaying the answers back. Yeah, but why you? I think the answer to that is that I'm well known on the forums here, so it's easier for people to accept my role. It's also down to trust. The staff here place trust pretty much above all else, although competency is pretty important too. I think they also respect the fact that I will challenge things and continue to be as independent as possible, and that I'll fight your corner. What about staff updates and announcements? So these will continue as normal. So we should still get Darkrasp's update today and this will continue on a fortnightly basis. I'm sure there will be other announcements in due time when appropriate. I don't have in depth knowledge of where we are on beta testing and what's been achieved behind the scenes, so there's no point in making announcements if I don't know what I'm talking about. I'll leave that to the experts. So how do you see your role here and what about all the stuff you said before. Yeah. So essentially everything pre 19th March 2017 is from Oustanding the forum junky. Everything from March 20th 2017 and for the foreseeable future is Outstanding the gopher, PR conduit, and 'on message'. So I won't be posting much, certainly in terms of opinions. Other people are going to have to take that so called mantle up and contribute a little bit more, but fresh blood will arrive as the year goes on so don't worry too much on that front. I'm also not going to be organising the community or asking people to name their favourite innkeeper in vanilla, although that's not a bad idea...... What I won't be doing is answering technical questions because I can't. This makes me a great addition to the team. I know jack shit even though I played for 5 years. I also have no previous Pserver experience so there's no dirt that can be dug up of previous gold selling experience. The role I see myself doing is mostly answering questions. These questions will be from ''when Crestfall'' to ''how do I become a developer here'' and everything in between. As such, I encourage you to contact me here on the forums, or private messages here, or on discord (Outstanding*#4109). I'll be like some sort of semi-intelligent algorithm, initially making mistakes (like this thread no doubt), but fine tuning things as I go along to a level of reasonable competency. I will be learning on the job so please forgive my trespasses. Last words? Of course. If I'm back to being a community member tomorrow that's down to my interpretation of the job and that of the God Crew. But I do want to emphasise this. We have gone through and will be going through a hard learning curve over the last few months and the months to come. It will all be to the good, even the brief LGN venture. We will be launching Crestfall and it is going to be 2.0 in terms of Pservers. I would not have taken this job otherwise. So good fortune all, and nice to meet you. @Asura @Crogge @Darkrasp
  2. I start this topic because of some latest thoughts on how important the system of "forum reputation" on posts can be for a healthy communication and organization of the "community" around here. Especially with the newest influx of toxicity and disorientation around the Crestfall-Project i was really positively surprised how well it was handled in the forums. There might be many reasons for this, and none of them will give an exhaustive explanation, maybe you even disagree on this positive picture i draw here. So i would be glad to hear your opinion and reasoning on that matter. I personally link the positive picture i get to the optimistic perspective that is presented to new members. On the one hand this is carried by the impression of the high level of expertise and professionalism of the staff, on the other hand by an already existing "community of shared values" of most of the members here. For the first point one can only be grateful to the Crestfall-Team, it's a rare honor and chance. The second point is due to an interplay between the CF-STaff and the members of the CF-Community. And this is also managed and structured with the help of the reputation system: When looking back at the Nostalrius-forums or when taking a peek into the Elysium-forums one will find no kind of reputation-system. What you also get is a lot more "extreme-talk": People that only declare their allegiance to the project no matter what, or people that go on a rampage against the server. Also there is way more bashing against "uninformed" ppl, that want to get a hold of the situation and so forth. I think, that this is also because there is no elaborated way of building a hierarchy in the community. And before you get me wrong here: I'm talking not mainly about a hierarchy of members, but a hierarchy of thoughts (even though both are somewhat intertwined). You leave the community in some way confused and unorganized, because of the sheer magnitude of voices that come to the surface. The more structured the community can debate on their own behalf the less black and white reactions you will get when introducing new elements to the project. I think, that the recent drama was also supported by a lack of a established middle-ground to reflect on things. Many ppl just went nuts against Elysium (hailing to every new groundless accusation that popped up) or blindly followed the "truths" of the Elysium-Team (Shenna somewhat resembled this mentality when she more or less said, that it is about "trust" and not about "reason" concerning the project under her lead - see the leaked staff-meeting). Also in regard to recent reflections on the dangers of an influx of "toxic dynamics" here n the forums due to unprecedented attention the project has seen, i would like to point out, how good things went so far here in the forums. I somewhat doubt, that a stricter moderation here will be of benefit to the overall concept. Again sorry for my bad english. I hope there will be some replies and also differing/complementary opinions :). Greetings
  3. This thread is the inevitable 'help me improve X' thread. Hopefully people will use it and not just spam the forums with thread after thread of 'help me do deeps'. If you don't want your post reported for spam, read one of the following guides; Boomkin Guide by @Yacopok. Restoration Guide by myself. Feral Guide by myself. Read those. Get at least pre-raid Best in Slot (BiS) because otherwise advice will be 'Get pre-raid BiS and read the relevant spec guide. Once you have appropriate gear and an understanding of the guide, raiders in the Druid community can start answering questions about Druid minutia, advanced rotations and advanced gearing choices here. I'm hoping to find a well regarded ranking PvPer to help answer more PvP orientated questions. Ask away.
  4. Greetings <name> So I'll be brief in case I get accused of spamming threads/posts again. Now that we have our PvE community up and running the important thing is to make it grow and prosper. To do that we need positive activity. I don't expect the forum populations to expand until open Beta, in conjunction with the devs actively promoting the server. So in the meantime it's up to us to contribute to our section of the forums and keep a healthy discussion going. This requires people to start threads of their own on relevant WoW topics. So don't be shy, and if you feel uncomfortable starting threads then you can just post or ask questions. I'll start the ball rolling...I only saw this about 10 minutes ago. Never knew about it until I saw the link and video. This is for all you Night Elves that take the corpse run through Wetlands/Dun Morogh. Can't see this being an exploit. Credit for this goes to Overtime formerly of Nostalrius.... If anyone else wants to add their tips or experience, please be my guest and post hereafter /salute
  5. Hi Crestfall Community. I played retail WoW starting the winter of 2005, freezing and resuming my subscription back and forth until I quit maybe a month into Cataclysm. Like many others here on this forum I have a special soft spot for Vanilla and I can barely stand the wait until the Crestfall servers come online. Launch-wise speaking, I was there for the TBC and WotLK launches, skipping high school for the first one and setting up a LAN with my friends for the second. Now I'm not your hardcore player that gets turned of by suboptimal progression through the game. The launch-state gives me hightened positivity and feeling of community which makes it the peak of the WoW-experience for me. I was never on Nostalrius but I've watched a couple of streams from the launch and it seemed hilarious. What are your most vivid memories of past server/expansion launches, retail or private? How do the community dynamics differ from it's usual "nature"? How do player behaviour shift when we're going into the 15th hour of free-for-all tagfest for mobs in starting areas? What are your best tips for IRL-preparations for such an acid test? Do you intentionally sleep for the first 5 hours when the server's online and preserve your efforts for more favorable conditions? Do you turn to any specific launch-state tactics ingame? For how long do you reckon the launch-state continue up the levels/areas? Is the experience of the game affected by the higher density of people in the same segment of the game past level 20? 30?
  6. Since the last thing (the help with the items) turned out O.K. I was wondering if there was any more archiving or such that could be done by the community? trivial stuff like research and putting data in order.
  7. Just thought I'd drop an observation. We are now at the point where #guests are two to three times the number of members online at any time. This is to be expected, efforts are being made in other fora to draw attention to Crestfall, people are naturally curious but have been let down in the past. So a lot of people will pop on as guests to get a feel for the forum on the assumption that it reflects what the server/realm/emulator will be like. Let me be clear that this is perfectly normal and shows a degree of caution and wisdom. Feel free to continue lurking in the background as you see fit. But please allow me to make one point. Regardless of how good Crestfall will be and so far the signs are excellent, a "build it and they will come" strategy can only go so far without the active participation of a vocal community. The voice of that community is through this forum. We know that the launch of CF is some months away, let's not waste this time lurking in forums when we can all make a contribution to this community and get to know each other. It also helps the admins to gauge hard numbers for the launch of the servers. So please, and it's only a request, consider registering on the forums and assist us to be the best. Because that's what we all want to be, right? Thanks for your time