All too common: the one who programs dislikes/has no time to do the documentations… I can fully understand.
Nevertheless it is one of the most important things on a “to do” list.
At the moment there is no guide and faq (only hidden and outdated ones) and the wealth of information in the strat and question of the old forum is somehow hidden for new players as well (and then they never know wether it is outdated or still vaild).
This leaves the family the only source for new players to learn the game.
But additionally to this what defines a good and ambitios player (or one on the way to it) is the willingness and ability to learn the in and outs of a game by diving into the guide, faqs and strat articles… difficult or impossible at the moment.
- Recreate the old strategy subforum.
- Name mods for the “questions” and “strat” subforums. Yes, I know you just go rid of mods but they are too helpful for some things to do so, just redefine their work field and abilities:
Instead of policing they are actually to moderate those subforums, to keep them in good order and helpful. Allow them to make threads sticky at the top to enable introductive and easy to access threads in which they can collect and/or link the most asked questions, the most valuable strat guides etc. (or is it just me who finds it a bit difficult to find stuff in this new forums?).
- Name a group of players who feel responsible for creating faq and guide, if necessary think about some incentives.
- Same group or an additional one called “archivars” to search, sort and collect the most valuable stuff in the old forums and to introduce it into the new forum/wiki/guide.
You can rely on players. The weird thing about the IC community, it is and always was a much more versatile group than you would expect from a wargame. Some like diplo, some building, formulas, some role-playing, some and those were often treated as the most loved ones write great stories about wars etc. (basically archivars or the bards of old), some really like to be helpful and to share their knowledge about IC. And yes, some are also idiots and trolls *grin
But at the moment, at least I have that impression, many of them stand a bit aside because they don’t know how to actually make their inputs because it somehow vanishes in this new forums (which might be true or just ignorance of how it could be used, I don’t know).
The youtube videos are a great start (and a perfect example of what I stated above). And yes, text versions are necessary, too. IC is a text based game and thus have a text oriented player base that “needs” or find text based infos probably the most helpful.