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ConfusedCartman
12-20-2008, 05:38 AM
Alright, I've been thinking: would it make more sense to get rid of the two LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet Community sections and replace it with Play, Create, and Share sections instead? The actual forums would remain intact, but they would be rearranged into the category (Play, Create, or Share) that fits them best. We might also see some new forum additions due to the change, depending on if we need it or not.

I've been bouncing this idea back and forth for a while, and I'll list the upsides and downsides that I can see from moving to this setup. I want your opinion, so please leave your thoughts so we can make a decision that's best for everyone. :)
Pros


More coherent layout
More specific forums
More future forum possibilities
Subforums (such as the Review Center, which was moved due to the new "Recommend a Level" forum) would be actual forums

Cons


Very cliché
Could make the forum look more cluttered
Would lengthen the page
Could become "too much" for some

Like I mentioned, please provide your opinion on this so we can make a decision together. I'm really interested in what you guys think, so don't forget to share your ideas.

SuperPhillip
12-20-2008, 05:53 AM
I think the forum is a little cluttered-- at least the main page. Could the Play, Create, and Share be sub-forums?

KAPBAM
12-20-2008, 06:01 AM
I like the whole Play Create Share thing, cliché as it is, it's still fun. That being said, what I like MOST about this forum is the ease of use. The structure, the way to find things, etc. So my opinion is to keep it as is (of course keeping it evolving, but within this structure). There's a reason so many members of the community have flocked here and I'd bet it's in great part because of that ease of use. Adding clutter would be off-putting. I get where the idea comes from, like I said, I like those catch-words, but this forum has it's own personality if you will, it doesn't have to match so precicely the LBP world.

ConfusedCartman
12-20-2008, 07:40 AM
I think the forum is a little cluttered-- at least the main page. Could the Play, Create, and Share be sub-forums?
For some people (including you and I), subforums are great ways of organizing forums for easy and logical access. However, for most people, subforums are off-putting and confusing. They tend to create a more hectic forum; without them, we're forced to prune where needed instead of endlessly adding new forums. It's a good thing, I promise. :)

I like the whole Play Create Share thing, cliché as it is, it's still fun. That being said, what I like MOST about this forum is the ease of use. The structure, the way to find things, etc. So my opinion is to keep it as is (of course keeping it evolving, but within this structure). There's a reason so many members of the community have flocked here and I'd bet it's in great part because of that ease of use. Adding clutter would be off-putting. I get where the idea comes from, like I said, I like those catch-words, but this forum has it's own personality if you will, it doesn't have to match so precicely the LBP world.
I understand where you are coming from. I definitely don't want to make the forum more complicated, but with the number of users, any significant change will be difficult for some to adapt to. If we didn't go that route, I'm still interested in re-organizing the forum in some way for easier browsing. Since you don't like the Play, Create, Share path, do you have any other suggestions for reorganization? I've got some as well, but I'm curious to see what you're thinking about reorganization, if at all. We're aiming for no subforums and simple, easy access.

Elbee23
12-20-2008, 11:36 AM
Could you perhaps give us an example of how the forums would look if you changed them? Like in the Play section would be this part here renamed to this, while the create section would have...

I hope that makes sense. I just want to see what you might have in mind. At the moment everything kind of makes sense, but it would be helpful to see a prototype setup of the new listing before you implement it. :)

LittleBigPlanetFan
12-20-2008, 01:10 PM
Alright, I've been thinking: would it make more sense to get rid of the two LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet Community sections and replace it with Play, Create, and Share sections instead? The actual forums would remain intact, but they would be rearranged into the category (Play, Create, or Share) that fits them best. We might also see some new forum additions due to the change, depending on if we need it or not.

I've been bouncing this idea back and forth for a while, and I'll list the upsides and downsides that I can see from moving to this setup. I want your opinion, so please leave your thoughts so we can make a decision that's best for everyone. :)
Pros


More coherent layout
More specific forums
More future forum possibilities
Subforums (such as the Review Center, which was moved due to the new "Recommend a Level" forum) would be actual forums

Cons


Very cliché
Could make the forum look more cluttered
Would lengthen the page
Could become "too much" for some

Like I mentioned, please provide your opinion on this so we can make a decision together. I'm really interested in what you guys think, so don't forget to share your ideas.
This is a really good idea,Cartman.Sadly,I don't have any ideas for making those categories better.

dorien
12-20-2008, 01:20 PM
I don't know how I feel about this really.
The whole Play, Create, Share thing will look cool and fit into the LBP world better.
But I'm so used to how everything is structured now and I don't like change:(

But really, I mainly just click 'New Posts' and don't go into the main page all that often. Only if I'm trying to find something specific (but then I just use the 'Search' button anyway)

So I'm easy either way really :)

KAPBAM
12-20-2008, 05:49 PM
I understand where you are coming from. I definitely don't want to make the forum more complicated, but with the number of users, any significant change will be difficult for some to adapt to. If we didn't go that route, I'm still interested in re-organizing the forum in some way for easier browsing. Since you don't like the Play, Create, Share path, do you have any other suggestions for reorganization? I've got some as well, but I'm curious to see what you're thinking about reorganization, if at all. We're aiming for no subforums and simple, easy access.

Ah man, I've thinking about it for a few minutes now and nothing comes to mind. I like the way they are, when I do need to find something specific, I look up the Section Titles and I find it pretty easily. Otherwise I usually just use the New Posts link as well. Maybe a quick visual example of what it might look like with Play Create Share like Elbee23 suggested would help us see what you have in mind and might help me give you more specific opinions :)

Marino
12-20-2008, 05:50 PM
Yes. Please. :eek:

I had this idea over the summer and proposed it to you, but I thought it was foolish at the time.

Change makes the forums run. :)

ConfusedCartman
12-20-2008, 06:08 PM
Here's a layout that might be interesting; this is just one idea, don't be afraid to critique:

Getting Down to Basics

News and Media (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=44)(formerly LittleBigPlanet News and Media)
Story Levels (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=52)(formerly LittleBigPlanet Story Levels)
Suggestions (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=48)(formerly LittleBigPlanet Suggestions)
Everything Else (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=4)(formerly Everything Else LittleBigPlanet)[/URL]
Creative Juices

[URL="http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=40"]Showcase (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=52)
Ideas (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=45)
Projects (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=47)
Sharing the Fun

Recommend a Level (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=56)
Find Other Happy Gadders (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=43)
Help! (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=42)
Some changes (including new forums) would probably come along with this setup, but that's how it would look immediately after it was implemented, if we went this route. Remember, don't be afraid to nitpick if you disagree with me! :)

KAPBAM
12-20-2008, 06:16 PM
First thought: What about the other stuff? Art & designs (could be in the showcase section?) General Gaming, General, Forum Games... Where would those fit in is the first question that pops to my mind.

ConfusedCartman
12-20-2008, 06:42 PM
First thought: What about the other stuff? Art & designs (could be in the showcase section?) General Gaming, General, Forum Games... Where would those fit in is the first question that pops to my mind.
Oh, well, you misunderstand. I don't intend to change anything except the LittleBigPlanet related stuff. The General Chat, Artwork, etc would all stay the same.

KAPBAM
12-20-2008, 07:04 PM
Oh, well, you misunderstand. I don't intend to change anything except the LittleBigPlanet related stuff. The General Chat, Artwork, etc would all stay the same.

Ahhh! I get it now. And the preview cleared alot up too. I thought it was going to be an even more major change, as in just Play Creat and Share sections, nothing more at first. So I'm actually ok with this. Besides, seriously, everytime you've made changes, even the few times it didn't work at first, it ended up being for the better in the long run. I mean compare the forum now to when I joined, it's quite a bit different, and good! So I say go for it. Enjoy the restructuring :P

Also I kinda like the titles:

Getting Down to Basics

Creative Juices

Sharing the Fun

Gives it a bit more of a hip sound :)

dorien
12-20-2008, 07:09 PM
I also thought you ment the whole forum for some reason:blush:

I like what you have done there and it gets my vote to be changed then, seeing as it's only a reworking of the LittleBigPlanet forums :)

Shining Aquas
12-21-2008, 06:41 AM
While I do believe that the "Play, Create, Share" definitely stays true to the spirit of the game, it would undoubtedly make the forums a bit more sporadic.

Whalio Cappuccino
12-21-2008, 07:38 AM
I actually like this idea. It looks "less-cluttered" and I know alot of people here don't even click on the forum link on the home page. I, for one just click New Posts.

By the way, I think you should open up a poll.

NinjaMicWZ
12-21-2008, 12:55 PM
From my experience on boards, the full board menu on a front page is the way to go. Splitting a forum up into a handful of main forums with 3 or 4 sub-forums apiece generally divides the user base - spreading it out and making it feel like it's all a single board and community fosters more interaction between the largest possible majority of members.

Depending on the site, that can foster individual communities as long as traffic is constant for years and years through ad revenue and attention getting material etc. ie: general news and discussion for a universally popular topic.

...but for something that will ultimately be a hardcore niche in the long run such as LBP, as games come and go, divisiveness will result major forum sections housing 5 to 10 regular posters... and eventually 5... eventually 2... and eventually none. You gotta keep them all in the melting pot, and keep stirring.

I like the layout as is, but any organization that isn't a front page tree system for the forums is more than welcome - like the new recommendation block.

ConfusedCartman
12-21-2008, 06:39 PM
Changes have been made, but they aren't "Play, Create, Share". I wanted something that allowed us to spread out a bit more without looking cliche, so take a look at the current setup and let me know what you think.

Killian
12-22-2008, 10:02 AM
Changes have been made, but they aren't "Play, Create, Share". I wanted something that allowed us to spread out a bit more without looking cliche, so take a look at the current setup and let me know what you think.

Yeah I like it. Nice and clean. Maybe "Reviews" should go into "Sharing the Fun"?

Don Vhalt
12-22-2008, 03:01 PM
Changes have been made, but they aren't "Play, Create, Share". I wanted something that allowed us to spread out a bit more without looking cliche, so take a look at the current setup and let me know what you think.

i think it's good

ConfusedCartman
12-22-2008, 05:28 PM
Yeah I like it. Nice and clean. Maybe "Reviews" should go into "Sharing the Fun"?
That actually makes sense. Changed. :)