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I've stayed off the forums for 1yr now....
Mainly due to the fact Sony's twitter representatives promised that @askplaystation would be in touch with me in regards making a dedicated section for FFXIV:ARR players who are loyal to the Playstation brand... never happened.
Then I find out that the forums have FFXIV:ARR threads split among two seperate sections on the PlayStation forums.
Everytime I would reach out to PlayStation support nothing was done and everything was ignored to help draw Playstation loyalist to the forums...
When myself and others tried to ask for a dedicated section MVP's were quick to squash the idea going so far into insulting FFXIV:ARR players.
If you want to make this a place for gamers first remember that gamers cover a wide genre of games on the PlayStation.
You want people to come here don't continue to give all the decision power to the MVP group and have a check and balance system in place.... make the forums a equal place for gamers to meet - not a one side power dominated area.
Back when the last forum setup was in place I had advised that it would keep gamers and users away and I was proven right. Sony went and did the right thing to bring the gamer community back and went back to Lithium.
Most Valuable Players are the gamers who buy the product and stay loyal to the brand for the belief they love the brand and those are the ones feedback should be looked at thoughtfully.
With the PS4 beta test coming out and the PSVita crossplay features you should really consider these facts from a PR side at the Manager level...
The changes you talk about are new and different but give the sense that the forums are going to be designed for the hardcore die hard players and ignore all other types.
In the end you may end up just causing a larger base to be alienated by focus's on "Compete", "Valuable", etc...
Till Next Year!
btw welcome back kitty