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I was just wondering with the rise of Runescape players using social media sites like Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter, would Jagex ever be willing to do away with the Runescape Forums like they did with Rune Labs and the official Runescape Wiki? I hope this never happens because I will not join a third-party site like Reddit just so I can talk to other players.

16-Dec-2017 19:05:34 - Last edited on 16-Dec-2017 19:05:49 by Bathrooms

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I could imagine it, the forums are a decently significant amount of effort to keep going for something that's not very often used, but at the same time, they don't seem to require much maintenance so what's the point of getting rid of them. Amro will show us the way.
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16-Dec-2017 19:08:23

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Being that all of these social media sites are third party sites, Jagex doesn't really have any control over them, so giving up forums on their own website could end badly.

I don't foresee any platform wanting to kick Jagex off their platform, but you never know what the future brings, it might even be facebook or twitter going bankrupt due to lack of net neutrality or any other reason that kills them.

Forums may be collapsed to having less categories if it becomes too dead, but I really don't see them removing them completely.
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16-Dec-2017 19:11:41

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Anything can happen and it is true that forums are getting less and less useful to gamers as you can see from the fewer and fewer players using them, and most of them are veterans.

Actually, even the likes of EA have started killing forums. I won't doubt some days in the future new players will ask their older friends "what are forums"?

I don't see this happening in the next year or two though and the Jagex forums may last a little longer than the western online game ones since they can reduce the cost from hosting them in China where everything is cheaper and there forum goers are still plentiful. They don't have to outright move to FB and such any time soon.... and they may actually more likely be using Weibo and the like since by then Jagex's games should be established in the East. :)

16-Dec-2017 20:03:58 - Last edited on 16-Dec-2017 20:30:53 by Dilbert2001

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The RSOF, afterall, is official and not a fan site. For that reason, information posted by jmods here are more credible. How do I know a jmods on Reddit is a real Jmod? Any mem of the player base team of RS Reddit could fake himself as a jmod if he like. I trust real jmods that post here because they get paid to do their job. Their lives is on the line. While players who own the RS Reddit have nothing to lose. What I have said may sound exaggerating to you and you may think it wont ever happen. But, there is nothing that can't happen.
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16-Dec-2017 20:38:53

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^ Verified J-mods on the RS sub-reddit have a unique flair (only given to J-mods) that separates them from everyone else on the sub-reddit. A user trying to pass as a J-mod would fail because they'd lack the flair. The thread would be removed quickly. It's why you don't see instances of people faking to be a J-mod on Reddit.

As for the thread topic, I doubt they'd get rid of the forums entirely unless absolutely no one used them. They still get some traffic, maybe not as much as social media, but enough to keep them alive.
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16-Dec-2017 21:15:56

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I was just wondering with the rise of Runescape players using social media sites like Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter, would Jagex ever be willing to do away with the Runescape Forums like they did with Rune Labs and the official Runescape Wiki? I hope this never happens because I will not join a third-party site like Reddit just so I can talk to other players.


Right, because a free platform with which to open state your ideas, thoughts and opinions is so much worse than this place.

Burn them to the ground, I say.
This is what people aren't getting. Some ******* "coder" releases OSBuddy or some other "helper client", people get hyped because they're stupid like sheep, and then down the road once the "helper client" has a ton of downloads he releases an "update" to hijack everyone.

16-Dec-2017 21:27:10

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I hope not, as they are a good source for information, communities, and in-game groups.

While I doubt they'll get rid of them entirely, it woldn't surprise me if the eventually went down the route of only allowing comments on JMod threads, and disallowed the creation of player-owned threads (it would be fairly illogical, given that FMods do the majority of the hands-on monitoring, and that anything bad is almost as likely to happen on a JMod-thread, as on any player thread.. but it would put everything in one place).

Very much a fan of the Forums, and wish they'd stay at least as comprehensive as they now are.

Perhaps if they advertised them a bit more, both in-game, and on other platforms (and did so consistently), it would help create an upswing in users, that would be large enough to sustain numbers (enough so that new folks can see they are populated, and not just by people who've been here for Years, and might seem intimidating to a sizable sub-section of newcomers).




With regards being able to express your opinions: I have found that the Forums are only very rarely limited in this regard, and tend to promote positive suggestions and discussion. Yes, things have to be in the right section.. but when they are, anything constructive is welcomed (even if it's ignored). If someone wished to post something that would be disallowed from the Forums, then there's not much chance that it'd be very coherent, nor helpful to the game, so I'm not sure why any company would warrant such things on their own site (indeed, it would put off quite a group of people who didn't wish to trudge through such things to find something useful).

Having off-site means to vent in such a manner is probably positive, but the current Forum rules really don't seem that restrictive to me.

16-Dec-2017 21:56:03 - Last edited on 16-Dec-2017 22:01:52 by Yusou Bhoroi

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I have some swampland in Florida, would you be interested in buying it? This is what people aren't getting. Some ******* "coder" releases OSBuddy or some other "helper client", people get hyped because they're stupid like sheep, and then down the road once the "helper client" has a ton of downloads he releases an "update" to hijack everyone.

16-Dec-2017 22:07:56

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