Guide to the Ideas Section

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Hello, and welcome to the Forge of Empires International ideas & suggestions forum! This forum houses all the ideas and suggestions that the community would like to see implemented into the game. There are a wide variety of categories you could suggest a new game idea for, so we recommend taking the time to read this guide. The guide will assist you in knowing which prefix to choose, and how to navigate the section easily. Lets get going!

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Table of Contents

Welcome......................1
Prefixes & Meanings....2
Navigation....................3
 

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Prefixes & Meanings

Any thread marked with the 'Forwarded' prefix is identified as an idea/suggestion that was liked by the community and sent to the development team for review.

Any thread marked with the 'Implemented' prefix is identified as an idea/suggestion that was either forwarded and reviewed by the development team and implemented into the game or the idea is already implemented in game.

Any thread marked with the 'Already Suggested' prefix is identified as an idea/suggestion that was previously suggested by another member of the community.

Any thread marked with the 'Battle' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will alter the battle interface in any way. (Ex: Units, battle graphics, unit stats, etc)

Any thread marked with the 'City' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will add another aspect to the city view. (Ex: Culture building(s))

Any thread marked with the 'Forum' prefix are new ideas/suggestions for any forum features.

Any thread marked with the 'Great Buildings' prefix are ideas/suggestions that contain enhancement or alterations to the current Great Buildings feature.

Any thread marked with the 'Guild' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will enhance/or alter guild in any way.

Any thread marked with the 'Guild Expeditions' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will enhance/or alter guild expeditions in any way.

Any thread marked with the 'Guild V Guild' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will enhance/or alter guild v guild in any way.

Any thread marked with the 'New Game Features' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that are not currently related to a present in game feature.

Any thread marked with the 'Quests' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will enhance/or alter quests in any way.

Any thread marked with the 'Research' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will modify the current technology tree in any way.

Any thread marked with the 'Social interactions' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that contain a communication aspect for the game. (Ex: mail/chat related)

Any thread marked with the 'Trade' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that will add or alter current trading features.

Any thread marked with the 'Other' prefix are new ideas/suggestions that are not covered under the prefixes above or that has not been delegated a prefix by a moderator after review.

Exceptionally within the 'Popular' popular subforum we use a system denoting how popular an idea is, based on the balance of +1s and -1s. The idea being that players will quickly and easily be able to identify how popular an idea is.

These prefixes are:
'warm', for an idea that is gaining popularity, with a balance of at least +5
'hot', for ideas that have a balance of at least +10
and 'scorching' for the most popular ideas, with a balance of at least +15
Ideas within this section will not usually be forwarded until they achieve a balance of at least +20, but this is not a hard and fast rule.

These prefixes will usually be applied to ideas within the 'Popular' subforum, though initially an idea may be given such a prefix prior to it being moved to that subforum.
 

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Navigation
When navigating the ideas and suggestions forum there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The structure for the Ideas section is based on that of the Bug Report Forum, the idea being that players will be able to see the progress of each idea, from them being posted as a new idea, through to the best of the best being implemented. Another aim is to improve ease of accessibility. Rather than having just one main forum with a few great or bad ideas (is there such a thing?) in two separate sub-forums, an idea will progress through the sub-forums in much the same way that bug reports do in that forum, starting off in the main forum as a new idea, and culminating (for the very best ideas, presented in the correct format) in the ‘Implemented’ sub-forum There are various other stages along the way as outlined below:
Main forum
  • Ideas - all new ideas will start life here.
Sub-forums
  • Popular - for ideas with mainly +1s… well presented ideas move from here to...
  • Forwarded - ideas suitable to be forwarded to the devs
  • Ideas Archive - ideas that are outdated or made irrelevant by new updates/features.
    • Implemented - forwarded ideas that have been implemented by the developers.
    • Already Suggested - ideas suggested previously will be moved here
    • Do Not Suggest - for ideas from the players that won't be considered for implementation.
  • What not to suggest:
In particular, please do not suggest the following ideas, as they will not be implemented:
  • Ideas to make yourself richer.. or make the game easier. The game is meant to be played over time and is meant to have a lot of strategy to it.
  • Better units to fight against other units (ie no monster/super units that can sweep all others). New units ideas must be balanced with existing ones.
  • Better trade ratios (things are supposed to be limited so there is no account feeding).
  • Trading of items other than Goods (this is simply too open to abuse, and is potentially a breach of our game rules).
  • Rotating buildings to fit in a different shaped space (placing your buildings in optimum positions is part of the game).
  • Holding areas or storing of buildings (it is an intended challenge to work with the space you have).
  • Easier access to Diamonds (Diamonds are the lifeblood of the game. We need them bought to pay for servers and everything else. If we gave out easier diamonds then no one would buy them).
Note: These are things that InnoGames is not looking for currently, they may end up adding strong units or events/buildings that provide an easier access to Diamonds but they don't want any more of such things suggested to them.
  • The prefixes are clickable so that you may view all the threads in each category.
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Think you are ready to post your own idea?

The development and FoE team love seeing ideas from the community on how they see that the game or forum could be improved. Now follow me as I show you around! ;)

Once you think of an idea it is VERY important that you check to see if there are other ideas similar to yours. Follow my images below and I will walk you through several ways to search:

  • Searching by the prefix you believe your idea to fall under
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^ Once you have clicked on the 'Search' bar, click 'More' at the very bottom.

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^ 'Search Threads and Posts' will be the most helpful while searching the ideas forum.

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^ In the keywords text box, type anything that stands out in your idea that may be picked up in a quick search. Scroll down to 'Thread Prefixes' and select the prefix you would like to search in. Under 'Search in Forums' you can either search the whole forum or scroll down to Ideas & Suggestions and then select 'Search'.

  • Searching by clicking the prefix
While in the ideas forum you will notice an abundance of prefixes. If you would like to browse through each prefix to search, you may.

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^ Click a prefix you would like to search and it will redirect you to all threads with the same prefix.

  • Sorting threads by prefix in thread display
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^ At the very bottom of the main ideas and suggestion forum section you will see a toggle button named 'Thread Display Options'.

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^ Select the prefix you would like to sort the threads by and click 'Set Options'.

If you would like to search another prefix, simply follow the above steps again on the sorted page. You can also remove the filter at the top of the sorted page by clicking the 'x' beside the prefix filter. You can find a picture below:

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Once you have searched for similar ideas and have found that your idea is one of a kind, you may create a new thread.

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^ Once your idea is outlined, click 'Post New Thread'

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^ Select a prefix and insert your title.

In the body of the thread, please try to answer as many of these as possible to give the community, moderators, and the development team the best understanding of your idea.

[Proposal]: Explain the concept of the idea.

[Have you checked for similar ideas?]:
You can search for similar ideas using the options listed above.

[Reason]:
Explain why this idea should be implemented.

[Details]:
Clarify your idea by explaining the specifics.

[Balance]:
What impact, if any, will your idea have on other game features.

[Visual Aids]:
If you are able to create a visual aid for your idea to give the community a clearer understanding of your idea, post it here.
Code:
[B]Proposal:[/B]

[B]Have you checked for similar ideas?:[/B]

[B]Reason:[/B]

[B]Details:[/B]

[B]Balance:[/B]

[B]Visual Aids:[/B]
^ Please copy and paste the code above into your idea thread.

After posting your thread, please watch for any replies as community members and moderators ask questions regarding your idea.

The community management team will control the ideas process and will post updates as your idea moves along.



As always, thank you for your time and dedication for making Forge of Empires great!

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