I'll start with the bad news (or what I personally think t be so anyway). Howrse has added their own forum rules to each player's EC forum. The bad news is we're not allowed to debate things anymore, the good news is that three of the rules - chat speak, advertising, and bumping - are still allowed in your forum regardless of the attached rules.
I was surprised by the banning of almost everything in my forum this morning when I went there so I PMed Dr. Zig (mod) and here is our conversation:
My Message To Dr. Zig:
I was curious; I noticed today that all my forum topics have totally new rules that I've never seen before attached to them in my private EC forum. I am not disputing them, but I would like to know where they might have come from? They didn't appear until today and they are not listed in the Ausgust's New Features change log thing.
I also didn't know it was against the rules to advertise in your own forum for your own things until today! If I'd known that before I wouldn't have broken that rule buy having a "my horses for sale" section in my forum, but I must say it was never made clear in any of public rules that I wasn't allowed to and in the game play forums everyone always said I could.
I also saw that it was now against the rules to use chat speak- I don't want to break any rules, so I just want to ask, are common things like lol, rofl, brb, and the common BMI abbreviattions still allowed? At least in my own forum?
Dr. Zig's Response To Me:
Some new features have been added to the game today, and Ow has all the details in the Events Forum.
The same forum rules have been posted at the top of every forum on the game, but bumping, chatspeak, and advertising are allowed in your EC forum.
Now for the even better news:
The events forum has been remodeled and the other public forums will be soon too. We can only hope that it all comes to the EC forums as well.
- Now we can quote other's posts
- Now we can star a thread we like and wish to keep track of
- On top of having that "like" feature, all this makes the forums quite like a real online discussion board!
- When you post it looks like your avatar is talking. =]
- The faces have been "remodeled"
- You can't quote a post with a quote in it, but you can select the text the person wrote below the quote and then hit the quote button to quote their post regardless of the quote THEY have in THEIR post.
In this linked topic on the events forum everyone's going nuts with the nice new features. We all love it and the quote has brought more conversation to the forums!
All in all, I think Howrse has done pretty good- what about you? Comment below, tweet to @TheBookOfHowrse or answer the following poll!