Hey all, Pinning this to the Destiny 2 forum, as I'm currently looking through some feedback on our forums and structure. I recently did a quick tweet asking players who may not visit the forums here on Bungie.net some questions, as I'd love to make this place more appealing for the broad community. Now, I'm looking for feedback from those who are on here more frequently, namely you! This isn't a question of what we can do better in terms of making in-game changes to Destiny 2. My goals here are to get some thoughts from you on the current state of our forums. If you could answer the following, it'd be much appreciated. [quote]• What do you find most important to your browsing experience? • Do you find yourself frequently engaging with forums, or more often browsing associated media/group messaging apps for information/discussion? (Think Twitter, Discord, Youtube, etc) • What changes would you like to see that would make the Bungie.net forums a more welcoming place for community engagement?[/quote]
Edited by Viltre: 7/17/2019 6:59:26 AMSo, I've been out of the loop for a long while and just started browsing here again. From my perspective, here are a few things I would consider doing to improve the site. First, I personally dislike the expanded Reddit-like format. With the format it feels really generic. While moving away from the white background was an improvement, removing a forum background makes the place feel boring. Second, avatars. Few things to note here. The first is that they are too small and feels like their limited size removes individuality in the forums. The old version of Bnet had avatars at a default size of 90 x 90. Returning to a size like this would be an improvement. The other thing to note, I personally would like to see a return of using destiny emblems as avatars, for both Destiny 1 and 2. It was saddening that support was removed for D1 and it was never implemented for D2. Considering we have been able to use Halo emblem avatars dating all the way back to Halo 2, it doesn't make sense that we cannot use Destiny emblems from both games. Third, I have noticed that people post things in the wrong spot a lot. A few reasons I feel attribute to this. All topics is the default when clicking on the community tab and going to forums. When I click on a thread and read it, to return to the forums I click on the forum banner, this however brings a person to the all topics section rather than the forum that the thread was posted on. These things I feel muddles the lines of where content is supposed to go. People are being referred to by default all content posted and are possibly posting while located in all topics rather than a forum category or subcategory. With clear and distinct forums with no all topics section, one can see what kind content is accepted in each group. I personally feel that all topics needs to go, forums need to be clearly divided, and more people should be placed on moderating the issue. Fourth, I feel Bungie.net no longer incentivizes good behavior or give reasons to be active members of their community. In Halo 3 we could receive a Septagon next to our name for joining the site, Reach expanded on this in a great way through the customization options provided for completing certain tasks. Reach also gave the incentive through a challenge to join the website every so often. These things fostered people wanting to join. Things like a bounty to join Bungie.net in game would invite more people to join. The other thing to note is the idea of bringing back title bars, which I see has been talked about by a few of the old members here still. Along with my support of this, I would also like to address something else. I personally feel that this site has not done a good job of inviting its oldest members to stay and be active here. When the site update happened that marked Bungie's change from Halo to Destiny, title bars were removed, members that were active for years had their recognition of that removed from plain site. This was at least remedied somewhat by legacy emblems being given in Destiny 1. This was also further improved by allowing members to use Destiny emblems on the website. People had a way to mark if they were mythic/legendary/heroic members; ways to mark a long amount of commitment to the site. However, going into the second game, there was no corresponding emblems anymore. No recognition if you were a heroic/legendary/mythic member, if you participated in the alpha lupi arg, had an account before a certain date. All forum related activities and the game were separated, no incentives for participating and being part of something for so long. Personally, I can't help but feel that you understand what I mean considering your avatar is a modified version of the shield of mythics with the old "'04 or bust" meme from the Septagon/Community forum.