New Year, New Improvements!
Looking back on 2017, I've learned a lot about our players and have figured out some new plans for what I want Equus-Sims to become in 2018. This starts with improving the forum structure by clearing out old or unused boards and their threads.
The goal with this new structure is to improve visibility by consolidating threads and minimizing clutter. I will be recruiting some people to help me delete threads. Unfortunately our forum doesn't let us delete categories that contain ANY threads.
This reorganization will likely take the entire month of January. Starting THIS WEEKEND (Jan 6th), I'll be moving boards around and creating new ones. I won't delete any threads until the structure below is in place.
What You Need to Do
BACKUP YOUR THREADS. I can't be held responsible if ANY of your posts are deleted. We'll be cleaning out everything and it's quite likely you'll lose your stuff that's currently in a board scheduled to be deleted. Back them up by copying the content of your posts to someplace safe on your computer. When the re-org is complete, you can move stuff over or you can start over fresh.
FLAG THE ALBUM OR STORY YOU WANT DELETED. If you're starting over, flag your album or story. It'll be deleted during cleanup. Do not just rename it. FLAG IT.
BE MINDFUL WHEN CREATING NEW THREADS. New boards are going to start popping up, moved around, and ultimately deleted. Watch where you start new threads and keep track of the ones you make this month. You don't want it to end up accidentally deleted.
Below is the new reorg. Lots of stuff is being consolidated and regrouped under new categories. In the beginning, all boards scheduled to be deleted will be housed under its own top-level category. Every thread in these boards will likely be deleted.
All names are subject to possible change, but below is the very straightforward/basic approach to naming them by their purpose.
Profiles (one thread per stable)
*Will include a consolidated CC wishlist thread
Lessons and Clinics
*Will include a consolidated request thread
How to Play
Enrollment (one thread per member)
Hall of Fame
All profiles will now be in one place. I think this will improve overall visibility and will reduce the amount of unseen/dead threads (always a good thing). You'll be allowed ONE per stable. There will be a new template available for your convenience.
The threads here are based on photo themes created by myself and by members. You can create a thread here like "show me your favorite stable!" and people will post to the thread with pics that fit the theme. You can do like "foal frenzy" or "horse personalities" or "stables in winter" etc. It's a collaborative way for us to curate our pictures together into collections for people to browse.
Workshops vs Lessons/Clinics Boards
Workshops no longer include Clinics/Lessons. Those will now have their own place on the forum.
Includes everything but imports. Logo/web designs, retexture services, anything you do to help other members.
No longer limited to discipline-based competitions, you may now host 'fun shows', labeled as "Contests." These shows must have prizes/winners, but do not have to be based on real world disciplines.
We will now have a board dedicated solely to horse breeding. You can post your stud adverts, available breeding programs, and foal crops here. There will be a place for import service listing as well.
This will be a thing. It'll be the last leg of the reorganization, when all the gameplay info and changes are ready.
Okay, I think that's everything! Happy 2018!