CCP Unveils New EVE Online Forums

Bill McDonough 2017-06-20

In a new devblog posted on Jun 20, CCP Falcon has unveiled the future of EVE Online’s forum software. Based on the widespread Discourse platform, the new EVE Online forums will replace the current iteration that has been in use since 2011. In addition, an update to the forum policies was released outlining the new, streamlined policies that will be in place on the new forums.

Side-by-side of the old and new EVE-Online forums.

Out With The Old…

The 2011-vintage forums were heavily customized to interface with the Tranquility server. This allowed features like being able to read and send in-game mail through the forum interface. Unfortunately, this also meant that TQ server outages could also knock out the forums. Losing the forums whenever TQ dropped made it difficult for CCP to use them telling people ‘TQ is down’. These new forums don’t look to have the same level of integration—there is no EVE-mail option, for example.

This is supported by Falcon’s statement that the new forums will be “a solid medium through which to communicate in the event of any significant issues with Tranquilty.[sic]” As a result, CCP will be able to use the new forums as a significant system for maintaining contact with their EVE customers. Posting on the new EVE forums, CCP Falcon expanded slightly on what this means for /r/eve readers. “Going forward, all our official communication will be here, and if people want to link Reddit to here, they can.” He added that CCP staff will “still be browsing and posting there most likely though.”

…In With The New

CCP is also streamlining their forum policies. The number of rules for forum use is dropping from almost 40 down to 9. Among the newly-tolerated behaviors are posting images, videos, and links to killmails, so long as they’re not used for harassment or trolling. Some of this new flexibility is a result of the improved software performance. Much of it, though, represents a more moderate approach to community management.

Additionally, CCP is resetting all forum bans, and putting a full amnesty in place. Going forward, the ‘normal’ penalties for policy violations will cap out at a 6-month forum ban. CCP does reserve the right to enforce harsher measures in the case of particularly egregious violators, though.

Post-Apocalyptic….

The forum rollout is happening quickly. Where in the past CCP may have dragged their heels on some aspects of community management, this time that is not the case. The new forums went live simultaneously with the devblog’s release. Additionally, all CCP official communication will move to them by the end of the week. There will be an overlap time of 1 month while both forum systems are active. As of July 20, though, that overlap will end. The new forums will move to forums.eveonline.com, and CCP will archive the current iteration on oldforums.eveonline.com.

Check out the new devblog for more information!

And don’t worry, CCP Falcon isn’t actually claiming to be an alt of CCP Chair and CCP Kitteh. That’d just be ridiculous. We’ve all seen Chair and Falcon in the same place at the same time. Falcon and Kitteh, though…

CCP Falcon and CCP Chair: ONE AND THE SAME?

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Comments

  • Rhivre

    As an additional bonus, it has unicorns! http://imgur.com/Tykfpp3.jpg Emojitastic! 😉

    On topic, the move to using the forums instead of r/eve is one that has been wanted by players for a long time.

    June 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    • Arrendis Rhivre

      Yes it has—and while I wish they’d said up front ‘we can’t because of the way we munged the integration with TQ’, I’m glad they’ve done it, and told us why they hadn’t already.

      June 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm
  • Caleb Ayrania

    Oh dis gun be guuud! Wonder how long before the memes, pics, video abuse gets too much for CCP. 🙂

    June 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm
  • Did a blind person design the new forum? Who the fuck does black with white text on a thing people are supposed to read for hours? How does the new forum look worse than one from 2003?

    June 21, 2017 at 4:15 am
    • Daito Endashi Ganthrithor

      I don’t see where your problem is.
      White text on black background is much more comfortable for the eye than for example black text on white background. Even more so if it’s getting late and dark.

      June 21, 2017 at 1:13 pm
      • I’m all about that shades-of-grey lifestyle. Lower contrast = fewer headaches.

        June 22, 2017 at 3:58 am