Some of these changes I will definitely be going ahead and doing with immediate affect, some I'll wait for comments from you, and the new subforums will be trialled to see how much discussion we actually get out of you. i.e. if no one uses them we'll get rid of them and go back to how we originally were. The news and announcements forums and all the forums on the GTA games are all staying the same, there aren't any changes to be made to them, the changes concern the rest of the forum, and I've outlined what I plan to do below.
First of all, changes I am making right now:
The gang forums aren't used by everyone, and secondly, they aren't the main focal point of the forum, though they are of some importance to the community. The gangs category will be organised as such
- Public Gang Chat - this will house Gang System Announcements, Trading Stalls, Gang Recruitment and Gang Chat
- Private Gang Chat - no changes here, it simply holds discussion forums for the big official gangs
- RP and WarZone - again no changes, used for flamewars and for gangs to RP, and well as normal members to RP
- General Discussion
- The Lounge - for general chat about anything that doesn't belong in any of the other forums
- Serious Chat - For more important topics regarding politics, current events, environment, the world and what have you.
- Fun and Games - forum games and other random spammy stuff
- Graphics - for showing off your works of art, things you've made in photoshop, or paint...
- Writer's Lounge - for those of you who write fanfic's and such, show them off here.
- Gaming - games other than GTA
- Music - for discussing your interests in all things music
- TV and Movies - for discussing TV programs and what's on at the movies, the films you've seen etc.
- Sport - so most of you are lazy gamers, but you have interest in some sports right? I'm sure you watch them on TV, you can talk about them here
- Vehicles - here we are all fans of Grand Theft Auto, most of us have an interest in vehicles in real life too, just take the amount of cars in our download database, people love getting real life cars in the game, so I'm sure this forum will be of great interest to many of you. The forum will contain discussion about real life vehicles and motoring.
- PC Chat - for everything hardware and software, programming etc. it all goes here
Writer's Lounge - this new forum will be made to split up the creativity forum which currently has both writing and graphics, two great forms of expression, but very different. The split would make it easier for members to find what they are actually there for.
Splitting the Entertainment forum - this forum has a lot of topics in it. A lot of interests flying around for all different mediums. We think it would be better to have dedicated forums for Music, and TV & Movies. This would make it much easier for members to find topics on specific things
Sports forum - not many topics in the entertainment forum revolve around sporting events, or sports in general. But it's a pretty large thing that is in nearly all of our lives whether we take part or just watch. This is a trial forum. We will see how much people use it and decide in a couple of weeks or so whether it is needed. However, with the split up of other forums, The Lounge would seem the only appropriate place to keep the topics that are posted in... so it would actually be easier to keep it anyway... then again if it really isn't used, this won't be too much of a problem.
Vehicles forum - This is another forum I am creating just to trial it and see how it goes, I expect it to be more popular than the sports one above, and the reasons for it I like I said in the descriptions. We are all fans of Grand Theft Auto, most of us have an interest in vehicles in real life too, just take the amount of cars in our download database, people love getting real life cars in the game, so I'm sure this forum will be of great interest to many of you. The forum will contain discussion about real life vehicles and motoring.
And that's about it. So what we have is a splitting up of the General Discussion area into 3 separate areas, each with a few subforums in, so the discussion is more channelled.
Please give us your comments, I want to know whether you like or dislike the changes, and hear any other thoughts you've got on the matter. Please don't leave it until after we've made the changes to voice your opinion... that would be stupid wouldn't it.