Corporation Forums on the EVE Forums!
The subject says it all! Ok, it actually doesn‘t so I‘m going to write some more words about this.
We are adding the option for every corporation in EVE to have it‘s own Corporation Forum, on the EVE Online forum.
Why are we doing this?
There are two reasons basically. We are very interested in providing corporations, particularly new and smaller corporations, with a community enhancing tool which boosts communication and corp cohesion without all the hassle of starting their own external forum. We also have DUST approaching and this will provide corporations with a cross-game platform where both their EVE members and their DUST members can talk and discuss whose planet to curbstomp next.
How will corp forums 1.0 work?
Once we launch this feature in the coming days, every CEO who goes to the forums will have the option to activate a Corp Forum. We know that not every corporation is interested in, or needs, a private forum on the EVE forums, so your CEO will have the option not to activate them and you will never even notice their existence in the code base. If, however, your CEO curiously chooses to activate them because he likes pretty buttons, they are there to stay and will become visible at the top of the category list for every corp member with your corporation logo next to the title. They will be collapsable much like every forum category so even if your CEO is a button-happy-son-of-a-gun and you have no interest in corp forums, they shouldn‘t get in your way too much.
Acme "Awsome" Corp has been extra "awsome" after getting its own forum
Tell me more about how these forums work, Guard? Tell me more!
All right, since you ask so nicely.
There will be three channels in your Corp Forum.
- Corporation Announcements will be the place for corp directors or your CEO to post announcements about upcoming ops, wars, or just whatever the heck they please! Nobody tells them what to do after all. Regular members will have read-only access to this section of the corp forum.
- General discussion will be the public area where every member of the corporation will be able to start threads and post replies.
- The Board Room will be the private area for the directors and the CEO to discuss business amongst themselves, far from the prying eyes of their minions.
Access will be determined by in-game roles.
Click to enlarge (but don't click the green cross unless you´re ready for corp forums)
CEOs have to have the ability to make informed decisions on serious matters
But who‘s going to moderate when someone posts ASCII penises and stuff?
Not us! Neither CCP Staff nor the Volunteer Forum Moderators will monitor your Corp Forums. As the proprietors of the database, CCP staff will have emergency access in case something terrible happens that we need to verify, but Volunteer Moderators will under no circumstances be able to gain access.
Your corporation should have all the tools necessary to maintain order and to discipline rowdy members who just can‘t stop posting ASCII penises for some reason. But additionally to the ability to simply kick people from your corp, we decided to add limited moderation roles for directors. They will be able to lock topics, move them between channels, delete all your badposts and the like. These are somewhat similar tools to the ones our Volunteer Moderators have, apart from the fact that they will only work in your own corp forum (sorry).
While I‘m slow-clapping, is there anything else I should know?
Only that this is the first version of Corp Forums and that both the Community Team and the Web Team will be listening to your feedback very carefully. We decided to launch a rather streamlined version to begin with, while including a few options that give you the control you need to enjoy your new corp forums. If there‘s anything else you really need or if you notice something that we may have missed, let us know.
The current expected launch date is February 8th, which constitutes as "soon" in every sense of the word I believe
(Update: The launch date originally posted in this blog did not hold and work continues on the corp forums)
All the best,