i'm finally home and at a computer so now i can share my extensive thoughts on the matter.
MFGG needs restructuring. not to cater to oldbies. but we need to teach new users how to make things and encourage them to do it well. we need to engage new users to keep them hooked beyond just having MFGG be a place to share work and nothing more.
it's very safe to say that a majority of newbies are young. and even if they aren't mostly young then a very large majority of main site users are and we need these people to be committed and active content creators on the site. these people are the future not only of MFGG but of fangaming in general and we need to shift our focuses to educating and encouraging with tutorials and resources so they can easily get into the different fields.
here's my proposal. i'm going to make it as detailed as i can hope to make it and elaborate as much as possible. most of these ideas i've run past people both newbies and oldbies and for the most part they seemed alright with it.
the biggest change: make MFGG an interactive forum.
what do i mean by this? we add a "currency". for the sake of consistency it could just be tusk bucks, and they are earned whenever you do something in the community. when you post, you earn a few bucks. when you win a competition, you earn a good score of tusk bucks relative to your placing. this encourages being active in the community by incentivizing activity in a way that is easy to understand and fun.
how do you earn tusk bucks?
as previously stated you earn tusk bucks automatically when you engage in the community. you're rewarded for making threads, posting, winning competitions, and more- including new features i'd like to propose.
the two major features are liking posts and reacting to posts. these are two things that are on many, many other boards and it's about time MFGG got something like this. liking posts is self explanatory- you like a post, you hit the button. this rewards the original poster with more tusk bucks for making good posts with good content, whether it be funny, good art, great music, or an interesting tidbit.
reacting to posts is something that's seen more on social media. personally i think it should cost a very low but understandable amount of tusk bucks to react. like one tusk buck is fine. this allows people to interact with posts without having to make extra posts that are seen as personal attacks on the poster, while also rewarding the original poster with tusk bucks whether the reaction be positive or negative. i understand this could be easily abused, which is why i set forth the "price" of reacting. this is only one option however, another option is to limit the amount of reactions one member can place on a post at a time. 2 or 3 sounds reasonable enough.
of course, winning competitions and doing well is even further incentivizing by earning more tusk bucks depending on how high you rank. don't do so hot this time? don't sweat it, you still made some bank just by entering and there's always next time.
we could even have forum events like tusk bucks lottery, saltybet streams, and E3 bingo to allow the userbase to engage eachother in fun ways.
this all sounds a lot like new minus world- that's because what new minus world is doing works. that being said, i do not think we need spells on this board. that would definitely be abused and either way i have a more fitting idea for what tusk bucks can be redeemed for.
what would tusk bucks do?
tusk bucks allow you to buy stuff to deck out your profile- things like avatar items you can scale and move to your liking and custom member bars are just the tip of the iceberg. you can also donate tusk bucks as well as items you get to other members should you feel generous enough to do so. it might also be fun to give everyone free items on certain special days, like the member's birthday or christmas.
it might also be fun to have a custom smiley toolkit- you can buy extra smilies to use (it would also be nice if smilies used a higher quality image file like SVG which would allow them to be scalable- this would also come with a smiley revamp of hand drawn smilies, i could sketch them if need be but i'm no good at making SVGs) and put in a "smiley loadout" so you can only choose to have so many smilies active at a time.
we could also open up a request board. it could cost a few tusk bucks to post, but it would fix any potential issues we may have now or in the future regarding requesting sprites or other assets. you have to spend your hard earned bucks to post, so that's enough of an incentive i feel to use it wisely.
it may or may not be smart to open a chatbox during important livestreams such as E3, nintendo directs, and NCFC. we could even have bingos for each, which would be especially fun for NCFC as it would allow fangame devs to put their games in the spotlight as it would be at E3 and hide all sorts of new secrets and information for their NCFC booths.
to sum it up- this place needs to be more engaging. literally. forums as they are have been rendered completely outdated by social media so things need to change. we need to focus on newbies and teach them how to make games. it feels as though fangame output has been at an all time low lately. this is because so many new users are joining without the tools and resources available to learn how. if we can engage the new community with fun activities and things to do to get them to stick around, as well as provide the resources to actively teach and explore what can be done in fangames from a technical and creative standpoint, then MFGG has a bright future. it may sound surprising coming from me, but oldbies and "what works" needs to be thrown out in favor of something new, fresh, and engaging.
Hey in case anyone wants to visit a forum that already has literally all of these features, it's called Minus World. Scorned and ignored, we rose from the ashes to reign supreme.
Minus World features include:
- EXperience system with 100 levels, and EX gained through interacting with the forum
- Good Sh*ts (likes) and reactions on every post, including an unprecedented number of custom-drawn SVG vector emojis
- A Spellbook full of Spells you can use to influence others' posts - three alignments, Sweet, Salty, and Pepperoni
- Dozens of Items, from consumables you can use to power yourself up temporarily, to Gear you can attach to your avatar (scaling and rotating both fully supported)
- Boss Battles for special events, in which users must band together to use Attack Spells to deplete a boss' HP. Once the boss is perma'd a leaderboard is created and the top 3 contributors are awarded badges
- We don't really try to prevent dupe accounts, and in fact we're planning on a system to integrate dupes as a forum feature
- The most lax atmosphere, administration, and moderation you've ever seen. When drama occurs it's usually ironic.
- Embracing MFGG culture instead of trying to shun fun
- 18+ age recommendation (no swear filters, explicit content allowed when spoiler'd)
Minus World is what happens when a team of excluded individuals are tasked with creating a forum that is perfect for MFGG's once-great community. it's what happens when a staff truly cares and works toward crafting a perfect experience. It's what happens when the staff listens
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EDIT: I just noticed that you did mention MW, but it's only fair to give people a link if you're gonna suggest making MFGG a copy of our site