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PostSubject: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 12:49 am

O_o

Funky things are happening on the official forum, Community Manager posted a message that they are closing the OT. It will die this Friday (4/22).

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Hello Everyone! As of today, it is no longer possible to create posts in the Off-Topic forum. We know some of you may want to preserve old discussions or posts, so the forum will be viewable until 4/22. After this date, the Off-Topic forum will no longer be available.

Post all discussion about this topic in this thread. Please remember to follow the rules when posting about this subject! Thank you!

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Making some room for something?

Edit: also, StarWars.com is closing it forum at the end of the month. WTH is going on????

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 1:07 am

That's odd. It will be quite a bummer for some. I'm not sure why they're doing this?

azarhal wrote:
Making some room for something?
I don't expect it. It's not like you need to remove a forum before adding something new.

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 1:52 am

Grome wrote:
That's odd. It will be quite a bummer for some. I'm not sure why they're doing this?

azarhal wrote:
Making some room for something?
I don't expect it. It's not like you need to remove a forum before adding something new.

Well, unless you want to save "traffic". It's really strange, the BSN have a off topic forum.

Oh well, maybe they got over taken by GLaDOS...

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 3:15 am

But I didn't get my cake yet...

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 7:50 am

Hmmm....interesting.....

That seems more than a little odd?? lol. Really no reason at all to close it down? Unless of course it has for some reason or other been abused more than it should be, and has become little more than an irritation perhaps? (Never bother to review that section of the forum, so no idea?)

Ahh well, I am going to be a perpetual optomist and look at it as a secret hint that this will also be a the day we get some random announcement on Open Beta and as such they are removing off topic conversations in order to maintain purely focused and dedicated conversations on the upcoming game?.....Very Happy

Yeah I can dream eh? lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 11:21 am

SWTOR OT had it own wiki and "alliance", it was quite popular (3rd place after General and Classes).

I never seen anything special there beside OT stuff and like some posters said on the official forum, now they will have twice the work on the other forums, because the "content" is going to spill over there... aaarrrgggghhhh!

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 12:05 pm

yeah, I am expecting a fair amount of overspill of off topic conversations now as well, lol

Ah well, their own fault at the end of the day Smile

I do find it a very weird thing to do in all honesty, and am really interested to find out their reasoning behind it?

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 20, 2011 3:51 pm

Apparently, they also disabled the wall post feature a while back...

edit: I found something interesting, the next TOR novel name reveal have been pushed back to this Friday, same day they remove the OT forum...

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeThu Apr 21, 2011 2:06 am

We might have something big on Friday indeed. or we might be disappointed.
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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeThu Apr 21, 2011 2:52 am

LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS!! YOU'RE SURROUNDED!

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeThu Apr 21, 2011 3:05 am

Aohh wrote:
We might have something big on Friday indeed. or we might be disappointed.

I do believe that this encompasses the vast majority of possibilities... Wink

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeThu Apr 21, 2011 11:33 am

Aohh wrote:
We might have something big on Friday indeed. or we might be disappointed.

The only thing I expect this Friday is an unusual board maintenance and the lost of symmetry.

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeThu Apr 21, 2011 2:02 pm

I'm guessing they're doing it to save money.
Development & deployment costs for the game have got to be astronomical, and they're already moving a full quarter (or more) past their originally intended launch window.

The traffic and the moderation combined probably come to a pretty penny.

Of course, it won't show until the OT stuff stops spilling, as you've mentioned already...
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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeFri Apr 22, 2011 12:49 pm

Given its relevance to this topic, I thought I'd quote a Dev today.
StephenReid wrote:
Conspiracy theories! The perfect solution for those times when the world just doesn't make sense. Wink

Sorry, the closing of Off-Topic and wall posts has zero to do with tomorrow's update.

Better luck next time, Soulgazer! Thanks for playing. Very Happy

The quote can be found here.

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeFri Apr 22, 2011 1:17 pm

Interesting lol Smile

Really does make you wonder, just what is the reason? Loll

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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeFri Apr 22, 2011 1:59 pm

They haven't said the reason and I doubt they will...

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Absurd, why in the world close the OT...
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PostSubject: Re: BioWare closing the OT forums   BioWare closing the OT forums I_icon_minitimeFri Apr 22, 2011 7:32 pm

Oh, and, another consideration is that there are now Guild Forums, both public and private.
They probably expect a lot of OT stuff to move to those areas.
Which encourages Monster Guilds. Which I don't like.
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Registered guilds have their own forums on the website? Right, I remember hearing that.

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Indeed, registered guilds have their own forums, but they aren't that "functional" yet...

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