Bargain Bin Posts Week: Forum Battle Round 1!

This was a weird little experiment I was messing with back in September 2009… I meant to get a lot more samples than just WoW and LOTRO, but kind of lost interest after doing these first two.

In a new limited series here at Bio Break, we’re going to put the official forums of various MMOs to the test, pitting them against each other in a bizarre battle royale.  My experiment was simply to go to the first page of a MMO’s general forum, scan through the first 25 posts, and take notes on what trends they were showing, how useful they seemed, and how far down into the gutter they’ve fallen.  So let’s see what we see!

World of Warcraft (link to their general discussion forum)

  • Number of CM-Approved Stickies: 11
  • Number of Non-Stickied Threads Where a Dev Comments: 1
  • Longest Non-Stickied Thread: “Varian Wrynn = Epic fail”, 14 pages (entire original post: “What an emo. Grats on rekindling conflict at the moment ripe with potential for creating peace.”)
  • Original Posts With Useful Content: 0
  • “I Quit” Posts: 0
  • Positive Topics: Expansion pack
  • Negative Topics: Game focused too much on guilds, shadow priests, game isn’t casual enough, auctioneer mod ruining economy, can’t level up through pvp as fast as pve, ganking, nerf DK, gnomes, bad PUGs, STV fishing tourney, AV’s NPCs
  • Misspelled Topics: 2
  • ALL CAPS TOPICS: 0
  • Judgment: WoW’s forums have been a cesspit of trolls, malcontents and whiners since just about forever, and the front page is a testiment to their neverending parade of complaints.  Little to no moderation seems to be present as well.

Lord of the Rings Online (link to their general discussion forum)

  • Number of CM-Approved Stickies: 5
  • Number of Non-Stickied Threads Where a Dev Comments: Unknown, not marked
  • Longest Non-Stickied Thread: “I Would Be Fired”, 12 pages (“I cannot imagine having the responsibility with several weeks notice of a shareholders meeting, and not only not being prepared, but not even showing up. This is the disrespect we were shown today with Turbine not posting their answers to the community’s questions.”)
  • Original Posts With Useful Content: 1
  • “I Quit” Posts: 0
  • Positive Topics: Trivia game, expansion interview, ad campaign, beautiful zones, microtransactions,
  • Negative Topics: Turbine SNAFU, gear nerfs, expansion disatisfaction, PR team
  • Misspelled Topics: 0
  • ALL CAPS TOPICS: 0
  • Judgment: LOTRO players are notorious for their level of maturity as a community, and that shows here.  Most all of these threads were simply questions or “what if?” speculations, with very little in terms of griping or sniping.  This feels like a forum where I’d be comfortable posting a question or a thought and not getting torn to pieces.

2 thoughts on “Bargain Bin Posts Week: Forum Battle Round 1!

  1. Carson September 30, 2010 / 10:51 pm

    LOTRO forums in September 2010 would be something of a different experience, I suspect.

  2. Llokki October 3, 2010 / 5:54 am

    Heh, I was about to say the same. Even in-game chat has gone downhill. People have started using Regional chat as OOC because the majority of people have disabled OOC chat on their end.

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