As we prepare for the upcoming changes to the LOTRO Community Site we've decided to take a look at the layout and number of forums within the site itself. Obviously there are far too many (Nearly 150 or so in English alone) and it's not always clear what is supposed to go where. So some forums will be rolled into each other, others will simply cease to exist.
Below is the final list of forums we'll be using in the very near future. In fact, this list will be put into effect ahead of the changes to the community sites. This will reduce the number of forums being carried over to the new site and will also, hopefully, make it easier for everyone to post their thoughts in the right places.
A few important notes:
- The German and French Forums will also take on this new format and layout of forums.
- No posts will be deleted, they will be rolled into the existing or replacement forums.
- Server forums will be condensed to just the server forum and its PvMP forum. The Trade and Kinship sub forums will be going away and all of those posts rolled into the general server forum.
- Store announcements will now be included in the Announcements forum with all other announcements.
- Crafting will now have a single forum instead of a forum for every craft.
- UI Skinning and Lua Scripting will now share the "UI Skinning and Lua Scripting" forum.
- Player Events (in and out of game) will share a single forum.
OFFICIAL LOTRO NEWS AND INFORMATION
- Patch Notes and Known Issues
- Developer Diaries and Discussion
LOTRO GENERAL DISCUSSION
- General LOTRO Discussion & Feedback
- Next Expansion Discussion (Helm's Deep currently)
- Player Suggestions
- Store Feedback
LOTRO GAME DISCUSSION
- Gameplay Discussion
- Adventuring in Middle Earth (Quests, Deeds, Reputation, etc)
- Skirmishes and Raids, & Instances
- Character Creation and Development (Races & Classes)
- Monster Play/PvMP
- Legendary Items
- Mounted Combat
COMMUNITY & SOCIAL
- Lottery & Community Site Discussion.
- Player Events (in and out of game)
- Player Created Guides and FAQs
- Cosmetics & Appearances
- UI Skinning and Lua Scripting
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- LOTRO Forums Hall of Fame
- Fansite News
TECHNICAL & ACCOUNT SUPPORT
- Account Support
- Windows PC Technical Support
- Mac Technical Support
- Server Name General
- Server Name PvMP
Finally, I want to thank the Players council for their feedback and suggestions on what to keep and what to let go. Also, a special thanks to Bondgirl51 who came up with the basic outline we all worked from.
Oh, and I also want to waive the council's NDA on this one topic. Council members are free to comment on this thread and their contributions to the revamp as they feel appropriate.
For council members, please keep in mind that your NDA on all other subjects is still very much in place.