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Guidelines for the Suggestions Section

Postby mixalot678 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:33 pm

Welcome to the PC Suggestions section of the forum! This section is for people to post ideas and suggestions for improving the PC version of Evolution Through the Ages (for other versions, look in the Discussion section of the forum for your version). This is a short list of guidelines for posting here that we ask you follow. It is broken into two parts: one for creating and maintaining a suggestion and one for giving feedback and criticism to a suggestion. But before we get into that, a general reminder that applies to both parts:

Guideline 0 - Follow all Forum Rules and Rules Specific to This Section. This must always be followed, no matter what. If you see people breaking the rules, use the "Report" function to let the forum staff know about it. Then leave that post be, the moderators will take any actions necessary.

Now, where were we?

Guidelines on Creating and Maintaining a Suggestion

1 - Make sure you are in the right place.

Mod and plugin ideas go here. If a mod is created for a suggestion then a thread for the mod should be made in the Mods section and discussion about the mod should be done in the mod's thread. You can link to the mod thread in your suggestion though, so people can try it out.

2 (New) - Search!

Use the search feature to look for similar ideas before posting. If your idea is similar to a different suggestion that has been posted on within 30 days, your idea may be locked. But searching is about more than that. You can see what other people have thought about similar ideas in the past, look for common issues and concerns, and figure out all that stuff before you post your idea! It will make you and your idea look better.

3 - Make your title descriptive!

It should describe your idea in a few words, to get people interested before they've even clicked your thread. Who would want to click on a boring old thread simply titled "My Idea" anyways? Side note: Stating a specific version number for your idea to be added is generally not needed. If an idea is added, it would be added whenever Evolution Through the Ages decides to.

4 - Know your audience.

It is a good idea to address your idea towards other posters, not to Evolution Through the Ages themselves. On that note, you don't need to put what version you want the idea to be added in. If an idea is added, it would be added as soon as it is ready, no sooner or later.

5 - Details! Details! Details!

If you post a suggestion, it is a good idea to add as much detail as you can. It doesn't need to be perfect, but if you provide a lot of detail, you're more likely to have a better discussion and you'll get better feedback. If you don't want to give any details that is fine, but you should post it in the Small Suggestions thread.

6 - Keep the Original Post (OP) updated.

If you change something about your idea after getting feedback on it, you should edit the original post and update the information. If you say your new creature does 5 damage in the original post and change it to 7 damage later, people will get confused if you don't update the original post to reflect the change.

7 - Be open to feedback.

The whole point of this section is to help each other come up with good ideas. That won't happen if you refuse to listen to what people think would make your idea better. You don't have to change every single thing that people want you to, but it is always a good idea to take other ideas into consideration even if you don't agree with them.

8 (New) - It's okay to have an unpopular idea.

We all have ideas that we think are great, but other people think are bad.Sometimes a suggestion just isn't well liked, and while you can continue to discuss your idea (as long as the discussion is on topic and constructive), it is also okay to "throw in the towel" and let an idea die if you don't think it is going anywhere. Remember: This section is about having fun discussing game ideas, it isn't a life or death.

Note: This doesn't mean post awful ideas on purpose to annoy others. That is trolling and it is against the rules here.

9 - Follow the 5 "W"s.

We've saved the best for last here. Every suggestion should be able to explain the Who, What, When, Where, and Why about their idea:

Who will the idea benefit the most?

Is it the architecturally inclined Builder? The daring Explorer? The brave PvPer? Or is it the Server Admin, who controls and sees all?

What is the idea? If you somehow miss this part of your suggestion you probably aren't ready to post your suggestion at all. Take a step back and figure out exactly what you want.

When/Where will the idea take place? Is it a new mob that only exists in one biome? Is it an event that happens once ever 15 in-game days? (Hey, two "W"s for the price of one bullet? What a bargain!)

Why should this be added? Not only should you be able to explain the benefits of your suggestion, but you should also be able to explain possible risks and drawbacks to your idea. And remember, "Why not?" is never a good reason to add something to the game.
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Guidelines on Giving Feedback on a Suggestion In this Section

Postby mixalot678 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:34 pm

1 - Be kind and respectful of other's ideas.

You don't have to agree with everyone's ideas, but if you disagree you can do so politely.

2 - Be helpful and constructive.

As said above, this section is to help each other come up with good ideas. That doesn't happen if you don't give people helpful feedback. You can say "I don't like this and that and this and that" all you want but that doesn't tell them how to improve the idea. Instead, say what you think would be a good alternative that would make both of you happy.

3 - Judge the idea by its own merit.

That means you should look at the actual idea and decide if you want it in the game. It doesn't matter if the presentation isn't perfect, they didn't include every possible detail, or if similar threads have been posted before (unless a similar thread has been posted on in the last 30 days, report them and give us a link to the existing thread).

4 - Avoid the "Hive-mind" (this goes along with Guideline 3).

When giving feedback on an idea, go ahead and agree with others if they share the same sentiments as you do. But you should decide if you like or dislike an idea based on the idea, not what others think of it. Just because an idea is "normally disliked" doesn't mean you have to dislike it too. Your thoughts are important, so don't let others do your thinking for you.

5 - Don't fall into an endless argument.

You don't have to like every idea, and the person who made the thread doesn't have to agree with all your feedback. People do not need to constantly repeat their arguments to each other. If it really looks like someone doesn't want to use your feedback, there isn't much point in continuing to argue. Personally, if I can't convince someone after three posts, that is normally when I decide to move on.

6 - Have fun with it!

If there is one thing that I've seen in this section is that people take it far too seriously. No that doesn't mean people can post anything they want (if you think someone is making joke threads or trolling, report them). What it means is that you shouldn't treat this section like if one too many people have a bad idea then Evolution Through the Ages is going to stop working on Evolution Through the Ages: Game and make it impossible to play anymore.
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