Okay, I’m gonna make this short. It doesn’t deserve more.
This just in, true believers….
Nethaera posted a thread called “Class Forum Change” in which it is revealed that the existing class forums at the official WoW Forums are going to be deleted….
… and replaced with just three forums.
That’s right. And they’re already up and being posted in.
(Don’t panic, the old class forums are still available, at the time of this posting).
I’ll give you a second or two to mull that one over.
The listed reasons, which you can see in far more detail in Nethaeras’ post, are to establish a common ground for those who play common roles, celebrate diversity, and help the developers and communication managers see and respond to concerns.
You got that? Had a chance to think that one over?
I’m not even going to waste much of my time on this one.
This is such an incredibly stupid idea.
I’m not talking about the act of adding Tanking, Damage Dealing or Healing forums. No, I’m fine with that. I LIKE that idea.
No, I’m talking about the idea that you can delete the existing class forums entirely and replace them with this crap, and bingo! All requirements met!
Yeah, because when I’m looking to discuss some fun shapeshifting macros for my HYBRID CLASS that has shared mechanics across three specs, the place I’m going to discuss them is…. wait! Is it Tanking? Damage Dealing? Healing? Or maybe, all bloody three?!? Where do I put my post so my fellow members of the Druid community know where to find it? Do I cross post in all three now? If I do, how do I track all the different threads of conversation on my one topic?
Where do we go to talk about the Swift Flight Form quest chain, or the appearance of our forms, or neat links to class info and resources, or discussion about neat Druid events…
Wait, did I say Druid Community? Well, I guess maybe we aren’t supposed to be so narrow minded.
Or maybe we’re not supposed to care about the mechanics or specific fun of a class.
Maybe the only thing that matters is PvE progression and how to perform in our one chosen role in a raid, or maybe PvP. So give us forums for just those four topics to cover class discussion. Then we’re good. Yeah!
After all, I’ve only been talking about Druids for over a year now, and God knows I’ve never had a Druid topic stray from the three main categories of Tanking, Damage Dealing, or Healing.
Add the three new forums, sure.
I would truly welcome a place to talk exclusively about tanking across class lines. I really would.
It’s an idea whose time has come… so long as we can somehow avoid the lessons of Fora past, where we learned that people love QQing in a forum about how overpowered or unfair someone else’s class is. Or how much they love gloating over another classes’ nerf.
Because that certainly wouldn’t happen MORE with shared class forums and a more limited venue for class discussion. Nahhhh.
But fine. Add them. By all means.
But you don’t get rid of a place to talk with other people who play your same class, you stupid $#!+s! That’s what helps foster a community! The whole point of the class forums was to share our discussion about our shared experiences with our shared class in the game we are all playing!