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I would love to see them return. For those who don't know, they were the little patch at the bottom of the homepage that had a list of thread spotlights for the month where you could view them/post on them, and there was also an option to visit the forums.

Earlier than that, Hot Topics were stickied for a month, in addition to being displayed on the "Hot Topic" spot on the home page.

I would like to see them return because for a few reasons. First and foremost, it should help increase forum activity slightly. For players who don't really visit the forums often other than maybe to browse news, this could help show them great threads. As I recall some great guides, as well as some great community focused threads have been spotlighted in the past, and it would be great to see that return. On the note of the community, it would be a great way to increase Jmod interaction with the community.

Who's with me?
Mötley Crüe

14-Sep-2013 01:14:11

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Iceberg said:
I always found that the Hot Topics just finished the front page off in the right way. It allowed people who hadn't visited the forums before to see some really good topics of interest.

I don't support having it how it was not long before the website change, where only recent updates were being advertised, but I do, of course, support various threads around the forums being show-cased. I feel it would give us re-assurance that Jagex still reads guide/good threads, rather than just suggestions and recent updates.

You've probably already read this somewhere else, Ice, but when it comes to placement of the Hot Topics I'd prefer it to take the place of the quick polls. It seems there just isn't room though for it without removing something.


I think I do recall that being brought up on the thread you're referring to. I do agree that the latest poll was more or less, put up for the sake of having one.

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They could place them where the game updates are. They are identical to the news posts so don't really need to be there.

I would like to see hot topics again but player made threads not jmod ones.


I agree with this for the most part. Reason being the Jmod threads they spotlighted often were already referenced in news posts, so players could read them after reading the news. Often the threads were just a copy of the news posts so it was rather pointless to have them as a thread spotlight. However I would support Jmod threads being hot topics if they were not mentioned in news posts. If they would spotlight 1 or two that were in community home recently made, and they were not a news announcement already on the homepage, that would be fine. But that would be the extent of my support on that. I'm more for player threads being spotlighted, it would be refreshing in the sense to know as Iceynut mentioned, that our guides and good threads are being read.
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14-Sep-2013 15:30:23

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Agreed. I would like to see more player created hot topics, though Jmod created topics that are not officially announced would be okay in my opinion too. For example, the Player Mod feedback thread, or some of the threads over in Community Home.
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14-Sep-2013 17:06:23

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If it were to return I too would like to see it updated monthly, as they originally had it. Maybe once Mod Emilee returns she will have something to say about it. As I recall she was in charge of the operation, at least, in the early days when the threads were actually pinned.
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14-Sep-2013 23:12:40

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Thanks Chill.

"1. The list should be changed every week or every few days."

That is a bit too often for my taste. It doesn't happen often that a great thread or guide gets created on the forums. It would also probably be an ungodly amount of work for Jagex to keep the Hot Topics that constantly updated. Monthly is a perfect amount of time in my opinion.

"2. The threads with the most posts in that time period should be added to the list."

That could also be a problem. Threads about a rant or even a thread in forum games can get a lot of posts in a short amount of time and while I understand there are some great threads in both of these forum sections, I think something a bit more positive or less pointless (such as a forum game thread) should be featured instead. Also if word gets out that this was part of the criteria for having a thread featured as Hot Topic (if it were to be that way) and could entice players to try and create threads solely to try and get a large amount of posts in a short amount of time which, in my opinion, would defeat the purpose of having Hot Topics.

Everything else I agree with. Thanks for your feedback..
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18-Sep-2013 21:48:16

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Having the system update daily would also be great. Old one wasn't fluid enough to show truly "hot" topics.


That's something I've been thinking about actually. Since it's almost unreal to think that Jmods would be able to update it daily and monitor the forums for threads that are "hot topics", if the feature would be reintroduced, what do you all think about making a "re-word" for them? Instead of Hot Topics, rename them "Thread Spotlights" or "Thread of the Month". What suggestions would you guys have for renaming the feature?
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22-Sep-2013 03:58:52

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Yusou Bhoroi said:
True, though the game-bar/window did have a built in link to the forums, for a few Years, so linking to forums is possible.. (there is also the clan Vex, and numerous links from the promotional pop-ups, along with the subscription buttons which appear on any action attempted on F2P which has a P2P aspect/add-on; and there's long been links to the knowledgebase from the wildyditch warning), I am not sure how it would be presented, but I'm pretty sure it's possible.

I have heard that linking to the wiki proved more difficult, as it's not something easily translated for the alternative langauge versions of RS, due to all the links being different. (though the German and French versions both had the forum link as part of the built-in bar, even if it was only briefly).


Yeah but that's different. I also feel if they were advertised in game it would just lure in players to troll on the thread for one reason or another.
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29-Jan-2014 22:11:18

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To be honest if that would bring in more forum users that would be a miracle. Usually we see a large jump in activity when there are server issues or news, but it dwindles out after long, with very few to no users actually staying with the forums after the fact.
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30-Jan-2014 23:27:43

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Lady Deluxe said:
Can't this 'hot topic' be automatically updated so it's out if Jagex hands once set up?


Not really The Jmods would have to look for threads to spotlight for the month. Which is kind of the purpose, to get some more Jmod interaction on these forums. :P

Thanks for the support both.
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30-Jun-2014 04:11:16 - Last edited on 30-Jun-2014 04:12:08 by Motley Crue

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Ah, at long last some interaction to the topic from a power higher than myself. Encouraging at the least to hear it has been passed along and that there is a general consensus of agreement. If I'm not being too greedy could one of you lovely CM lads also share your thoughts on my thread proposing the idea of a Q&A isolated to the website and forums?
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