Thursday, June 2, 2011

Would You Use an EVE A to Z Forum?

I love forums. I love exchanging ideas and information with people. I love learning new things and learning to understand other people's perspectives.

I've been kicking around the idea of an EVE A to Z forum for some time now. This would be a forum that is "noob-friendly". It would be a place where you could ask questions about EVE without fear of being ridiculed. It would be a place to discuss anything and everything EVE-related, as long as it's done in a respectful manner. 

The forum would be moderated by yours truly; and flaming, trolling, and douche-baggery would not be tolerated. It would be a haven where you would be safe to kick back and talk about EVE.

I put it to you, my readers: Would you use it? I've put a poll in the sidebar. Please take a moment to vote on how much you would use the forum. The votes will determine how (or if) I proceed.

Fly smart.


  1. I like the idea.. the only problem I see would be that typically new players would have to figure out that they exist in the first place.

    However, having other bloggers (I would link it on my blog) as well as getting it linked on well known sites like Eve News 24 and such would be good.

    Moderation of those aren't going to be fun however.

  2. It's not so much the "unfriendliness" that needs removed off the current Eve forums. It's the ridiculous trolling and comments that have absolutely nothing to do with the topic at all.

    In essence it sounds like you are wanting to create a unicorns and happy happy place. Which in and of itself is fine. However, I don't know that it would be "very" popular. Good luck though.

  3. Out of curiosity, how would this differ from Skill Training Complete and the like?

  4. Jeremie,

    I hear what you're saying. However, I get a lot of traffic on this blog, and judging by the google search terms and the posts that are most popular, a lot of that traffic is in the form of new players. Depending on how this goes, I might even go so far as promoting the forum on some of the more popular EVE podcasts.

    As for the moderation, you're probably right, but I'm not going to baby-sit people. The forums will have clear standards of behavior, and those who violate them won't be allowed to post.

    Ecliptic Rift,

    Skill Training Complete isn't a forum, for one thing. I've used the site myself and like it, but ultimately you are limited to asking questions and giving answers. In a forum we can have discussions on topics.

  5. I voted 'Never' for one reason: there are too many forums for me too follow already. But then, I'm not a new player :)

    ...insert rant about the net forgetting the benefits of NNTP...

  6. Yes, I would very much like that.

    My experience is that there are very few places where you can discuss EVE without getting a few "you're a n00b" or similiar comments. The only place where I've taken part in really good discussions are within my former corporation and alliance(closed for the public).

    Also most starter corp chats and other "public" chatrooms ingame always have one or a few drunk people rambling about what have just happened in real life. A place without this would be awesome.

    I've been a part of the EVE community since beta 2003 and this is actually one of the few things I miss with the EVE community. (Perhaps it's just me that haven't found the right forums yet).

  7. @ Christoffer:

    Yes, that's exactly where I'm coming from on this. So many of the EVE forums out there are "wretched hives of scum and villainy". You should be able to ask questions as a new player without being ridiculed. It would be great to have such a place and also a place to discuss new ideas. New players have a fresh perspective on the game, and innovative thought is one of the many keys to success in EVE.

    Judging by the responses thus far, it doesn't seem like enough people are interested to make it worth it.

    So if you're interested in a forum, please vote (or vote if you're not interested).

  8. Well, although the majority of people who voted indicated they would use the forum, there wasn't enough of a response to warrant the time and energy it would take to maintain it.

    If you find this post in the future and would like to see it happen, feel free to leave a comment here. Maybe one day the idea will take flight when there's enough of a demand.