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All,

I've come to see a lot of positive change here on the wargames forum lately.
Most discussion stay civilised, Most of them are about Wargames or war-realted history.
We have our new dedicated Wargames forum moderator!

Since I believe that this wargames forum acts as a stepping stone for new wargamers (it was for me), I believe it could be time for the next step.

A couple of sticky-posts which describe the forum's general purpose, it's limits, etc..

I'm thinking about when you should post in a games-forum istead of this forum.
What is still considered to be a topic which can be discussed.
A little how-to on the search..
Maybe even an abbriviations/accronyms section in which new wargamers can get some basic information, before reading some of the grognard's posts.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.
Cheers, Haring
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I don't think an arbitrary line in the sand defining what can and can not be discussed in the wargames forum is needed. For the most part people seem to be pretty good at judging that on their own case by case basis.
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calandale wrote:
Rules are the first sign that a community is no longer working.


All communities (real and digital) have rules.
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andyl wrote:
calandale wrote:
Rules are the first sign that a community is no longer working.


All communities (real and digital) have rules.


What I said.
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Haring wrote:
All,

I've come to see a lot of positive change here on the wargames forum lately.
Most discussion stay civilised, Most of them are about Wargames or war-realted history.
We have our new dedicated Wargames forum moderator!

Since I believe that this wargames forum acts as a stepping stone for new wargamers (it was for me), I believe it could be time for the next step.

A couple of sticky-posts which describe the forum's general purpose, it's limits, etc..

I'm thinking about when you should post in a games-forum istead of this forum.
What is still considered to be a topic which can be discussed.
A little how-to on the search..
Maybe even an abbriviations/accronyms section in which new wargamers can get some basic information, before reading some of the grognard's posts.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.
Cheers, Haring


My God! How many times have I said BGG needs stickies!?

There is no mechanism for creating stickies (unfortunately). The code responsible for the forum design would have to be re-written for that to happen. It would be great. It ain't gonna happen (anytime soon, I think).

BGG instead has a wiki. I think this serves the same purpose in the admins' minds. Although, true to human nature, I feel like very few people use it, especially new users who may not even be aware of its existence. That is why most forums have stickies.

The best we may get is a wiki entry.
 
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I believe BGG has clear general posting rules and guidelines. All these also apply to the wargames forum.

My intentions where more to guide new wargamers through this sub-domain and establish an expectation on what is and can be discussed here. What is being said within certain wargame terms and jargon.

Cheers, Haring
 
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I'm all for stickied threads but I don't think we need rules and regs.

What we do need stickied:

A thread for the monthly geeklists.

A "new wargamer" thread where new players can ask whatever questions they need to.

Maybe a general recommendations thread. For users wanting suggestions of games of a particular scale, conflict, or era.
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Yes, I should clarify and I do get what Haring means. Stickies are not in general used to establish rules. Stickies are much more useful and generally used for topics that arise often. So new users can see things of general interest that may answer basic, oft-repeated questions. Also, they hold topics for something such as the GMT P500 list that you may want to visit often or repeatedly.

I do not think anyone is suggesting that we need more rules or restrictions.
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A sticky with common abbreviations and maybe even explanations of common conventions (line of sight, zone of control, etc.) would be helpful to new players.

I'm pretty new to wargames and most of the stuff is fairly easy to figure out but if you hit on a term that's hard to google (ToE springs to mind) then you're kind of out of luck.
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alfonzo54 wrote:
A sticky with common abbreviations and maybe even explanations of common conventions (line of sight, zone of control, etc.) would be helpful to new players.



As with rules, this kinda thing is well served in a wiki format.

It's whether or not there are things which need to be maintained
as a continuing thread which might make stickies of value.
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calandale wrote:
alfonzo54 wrote:
A sticky with common abbreviations and maybe even explanations of common conventions (line of sight, zone of control, etc.) would be helpful to new players.



As with rules, this kinda thing is well served in a wiki format.

It's whether or not there are things which need to be maintained
as a continuing thread which might make stickies of value.

That's true. A prominent link to such a wiki would definitely be of value.
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If anyone wants to volunteer to set up a wiki for the forum, I can pin the thread linking to it.
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mrbeankc wrote:
I don't think an arbitrary line in the sand defining what can and can not be discussed in the wargames forum is needed. For the most part people seem to be pretty good at judging that on their own case by case basis.


Agreed ... How about a FAQ like in email forums?

No rules but suggestions, links to key threads and meet your moderator could be provided in the FAQ.
 
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mrbeankc wrote:
I don't think an arbitrary line in the sand defining what can and can not be discussed in the wargames forum is needed. For the most part people seem to be pretty good at judging that on their own case by case basis.


How sadly foolish does this post seem now? Not that I disagreed. Count me in as a fool too.
 
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Michael Dorosh wrote:
One sticky that might be useful is, as per the original post, a sticky directing posters to the new sub-forums.


Since the sticky isn't about wargames though,
it should be in the AWOL section.

That's where everything useful will be anyhow.
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