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Gearbox Closing Its Previous Dialogue Boards, Shifting To Discord

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Gearbox simply introduced that the corporate will quickly be closing down its dialogue boards, and inspiring all customers to as a substitute migrate to utilizing particular person sport Discords for their neighborhood wants. I’m as soon as once more right here to say this can be a very silly concept.

A discover on the boards—which have existed of their present kind since 2015, and for lots longer earlier than that—explains that they’ve already been locked all the way down to read-only and can quickly be wiped fully, with customers having 30 days to “save any content material you need to preserve”:

We’ve had many good years of conversations on the Gearbox Boards. This has been an ideal place to attach with all of you and a haven for superb discussions, builds, and assist. In the course of the previous yr, we observed a lot of our neighborhood members desire to interact on our different social platforms—and that’s nice. We love speaking to y’all and preserving the neighborhood going there.

Taking a look at the place the conversations are going down and suggestions is expressed, we need to proceed that dialog on our social channels the place a lot of the neighborhood is getting their info. Our Help group will proceed to obtain your suggestions and issues by

As of July 19, 2022, we are going to flip classes to Learn-Solely. This implies members will now not have the ability to create posts on the boards, however of us will have the ability to learn earlier posts. This may present 30 days to avoid wasting any content material you need to preserve earlier than it’s closed. Later this summer season, you’ll discover a brand new Gearbox web site and the boards will disappear fully.

Thanks for years of chats, guides, assist, and for making this an ideal neighborhood. We look ahead to persevering with the dialog with you.

This was, is and can perpetually be the dumbest fucking pattern in online game neighborhood administration. I perceive boards have gotten much less standard, and that their glacial tendencies current quite a few challenges. The need to shut boards down when confronted with declining use and perceived advances in know-how is pure and completely comprehensible.

However shifting that performance to Discord isn’t the reply! Discord and boards are, as I’ve defined in depth beforehand on this web site, fully completely different websites with fully completely different functionalities!

Discord is nice for speaking within the second. It’s a spot for real-time conversations (or at lease these a couple of hours outdated in the event that they’re not as busy), a elaborate option to handle a number of chat rooms and voice comms, and if that’s what you need—and thousands and thousands of individuals around the globe do, for a great deal of wants and desires—then nice!

Boards aren’t the identical although. They’re nothing prefer it. Boards are extra deliberate, extra thought of, and whereas they’re removed from good—I’m certain you possibly can put up a billion examples of individuals being neither deliberate nor thought of on boards—the purpose is that they’re extra everlasting.

Boards create a report, an archive we will search by, in order that at any time when we need to revisit points, or discover assist with an issue, or see what was taking place throughout a sure time, we will try this. There’s a paper path, and whereas typically that results in embarrassing takes on television exhibits and sport reveals, different occasions it’s offering an infinite assist with technical points or elements of a sport you’re caught on.

Online game publishers and studios, I’m begging you, when you actually should discover a option to migrate your communities and their legacy to a brand new platform or service, please discover (or make!) one that’s extra appropriate to the duty.



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