I personally would like to see more participation in suggestion threads. I see many threads where people put some good amount of effort and time to create a suggestion thread and rarely do these threads get more then 3-4 replies. This is kinda sad, because good suggestions will be out of sight very fast if they don’t get bumped regulary and double posting/self-bumping isn’t a viable option I guess, especially since it makes the OP look like an attention-seeker. I ask for this, because good suggestions should stay up, should be discussed and as a result get some attention from the developers. I mean, I know they read alot of the stuff that gets posted here, but I doubt they are able to see and read everything we post here, so we should try to help them pick the right threads and we can do that if we keep good suggestions up. Another advantage is, that if people discuss suggestions, it quite often happens that people start to find mistakes in the suggestion or make it even better.
And I want to be perfectly honest here: I like to do suggestions myself and I tend to get some good feedback for my suggestions most of the time. But after some replies the threads vanishes for good and that’s not very motivating to keep on doing suggestions, especially that take some effort and time.
edit: Here is an idea:
Monthly Suggestion Hightlight:
What is this?
This is a video created by Stephanie (we all love her voice and videos ) which highlights suggestions that caught your attention by any reason. This should happen once or twice a month and the length of the video should be between 5 and 10 minutes. Another thing is, that the links to the suggestion threads should be posted below the video, so that the community can dive in and give even more feedback to the suggestion. I think people would like to participate in suggestions that received attention from the developers.
What is the content of those videos?
Quite simple. You talk about suggestions and explain why you hightlight them in the video. It’s not about “we like this” or “we dont like this”. I would like to see a more in-depth explanation. Some topics you could talk about:
Was the suggestion well-written?
Does the suggestion fit into our game?
What makes the suggestion so interesting for you?
Did the suggestion inspire you for new gameplay mechanics?
Was it something you have already discussed and does the suggestion add something new to your past discussion?
Those would be great and interesting topics I guess.
What are the advantages of having such a hightlight?
Discussing these topics has several advantages. It hightlights good or useful suggestions and the community can learn more about team radiants thought about suggestions. We could learn what kind of suggestions fit into the game and how to make good suggestions at all. And it hightlights how important it is for team radiant that the community makes and discusses suggestions.
Has Stephanie Dee do all the work?
No! By all means, the hightlight is something that should involve the whole team radiant. Stephanie and the Moderators can pick suggestions and team radiant should read these suggestions and give their in-depth opinion about the suggestion. Stephanie could even hightlight which member of team radiant made which comment about the suggestions. This way, we can get a feeling on how a suggestion is perceived by a programmer and how it is perceived by a model/art-designer. A suggestion may be good at the first look, but maybe it’s neanly impossible to code and therefore they have give the suggestion a clear “no”. These are the things that would be interesting, at least for me.