Yesterday, I stumbled over a Guild thread in Books (other) and heard of the new rules. So, I came here today to see what's going on. I read the new guidelines and am using this thread, as mentioned in the first post, to ask questions.
I must admit I don't understand what this is all about, so apart from the question I had meant to ask yesterday, I should like to ask some more questions.
Firstly, what is the aim of this reform? Is the Guild forum going to be closed? Or is it just getting too big?
I hardly know this forum, so I'm not aware of any problems that might have occasioned the new rules (and I ask your patience if that makes me ask stupid questions
) , but I seem to remember that a restriction on duplication of themes etc had already been in place for a while.
Also, the Talk forum currently allows more spammy posts and threads than it used to a year or two ago, and IIRC this change was on the reason that bandwidth issues aren't so big anymore.
Lastly, I think that surely every
Guild theme is covered by one of the other forums, as they are either about themes like literature, movies, games etc or just for sociable purposes and therefore belong in Talk (by the new guidelines). Hence every Guild and Alliance should find itself in one of the other forums soon.
That's why I'm thinking that maybe the forum is meant to be closed eventually?
But the above question is just out of curiosity. What I'm really confused about is the status of the Guilds now that they are in different forums.
I hardly ever venture in this forum, so when I do, I know I'm in unfamiliar territory, and accordingly tread very carefully. I know that these are communities and that you don't just barge in casually - I treat them much like I would an RP.
When, however, I come across a Guild thread in books I'm not so aware of this. I'm in my home territory (so to speak) and I post the way I'm used to posting there. So, yesterday, I barged in a Guild thread and before I remembered about Guilds, made a casual post as I would in any discussion thread.
So, now I'm wondering if the special status of Guilds is still to be respected as it used to be, even when they are in different forums?
And if so, I think it's not a very good thing to scatter them all around the place and still expect people to be aware of their special status.
True, it usually says "Guild" in the thread title, so maybe I'm being silly, but I see an essential difference between "normal" threads and Guild/RP threads. I always thought the idea was that all the "normal" threads in all the other forums are open for all, while RPs and Guilds may make membership dependent on certain conditions and the thread-starter's "ok". And I've found that for them to have their separate forums helped to make this distinction visible.
So this new rule is a bit confusing to me.
I hope this doesn't come across as undue criticism, it's just meant as an attempt to understand.