Before I give you my opinion on that, though, we'll have the run down on January's changes:
- They've changed all the special horses to divine horses so no one can confuse them
- The new Helios' Ray template, that fills the whole screen, will be added
- The ideas forum is closing down on the tenth of February. I assume It will be deleted.
- When you register your horses for a competition, you don't see comps you have two horses entered in already
- When you register Divines in comps you don't see comps you have already entered
- VIP players aren't blocked when one click registering their Divines in comps anymore
Well, you probably already guessed it so I'll keep it short: I hate that they are getting rid of the Ideas forum. Is it just me or is Howrse no longer a democracy? They don't seem to care a hoot about players and their opinions anymore. Even if some of the ideas are annoying and no what you were "hoping for" we're not physic. Add the ideas YOU want your own self and we'll do what we can in the forum for our freedom. Makes sense to me.
We are removing the idea forum because it isn’t exploitable in its current state. There are too many different propositions on a variety of themes.
We also get more accurate feedback that corresponds to the things we are working on when we ask questions, like with the Equestrian Centres or new coats and equipment polls.
We of course want to continue getting your opinions, suggestions and advice.
But it makes more sense to harness and focus the whole community’s creative juices on specific topics that requires its insight, rather than on ideas that may be too distant from our vision for the game.
Take their alternative for instance: they want to post polls a few weeks before changes happen and see how much we like or dislike THEIR ideas. Lovely. Too bad they don't actually pay any attention to what anybody says in those topics. When the horse coat poll was up they talked about how they'd be adding the visible tack possibly, and over half the people in the thread (yes, I do mean that, over half) were strongly against that idea (including me).
That didn't appear to phase them from forcing it on us anyway,
In a roundabout way, I've been wondering if Howrse is going to remove our EC forums. The removal of the ideas forum makes me wonder more.
I can honestly say that I'm not sure if I'd even want to play Howrse anymore if they got rid of our forums. I would delete my account. I can think of quite a few players who would do the same... but Howrse drives away players all the time and they don't seem to care (and they wonder why they have money problems) so it's not like that's a threat or anything.
I wonder if mods or admins ever read this.... I highly doubt it. Even if they did, I have no expectation of it changing anything.
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As always, Happy Howrseing,