Forum Suggestion

I would like to see Groups enabled on the forums. This has been discussed on this post previously:

You can see the possibilities of it listed here:

I have been told by several agents that a more secure posting area, and even better, more local area would make them more comfortable. I'd suggest a test pilot (like vanilla suggests) of APAC, EMEA, AMER of each faction to start, and then depending on how it goes, expand the program to smaller sections of the globe. How would people prefer this be implemented and group managers be chosen, if NIA decided to go w/ this?



  • Couple of points:

    Factional Groups

    We saw every time a large factional group was created in past times, that people would use a second account to read that group's posts, making "secure" as insecure as the old '[secure]' tag in Faction COMM. Even without people making second accounts, plenty of Agents around the world or even just a region are friendly enough with others of the other faction to "pass gossip" and make any sort of security irrelevant.

    I would be in agreement with having regional Public groups, without any factional grouping, but I'd be more granular, based on language or similar culture. Just taking APAC as an example, making public forums for:

    • Japan (already exists, but as a separate site)
    • Korea
    • China
    • South East Asia - Not sure whether this would be better as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia etc, or whether it's worth combining. I'll leave that for someone better informed.
    • Oceania - Australia and New Zealand are generally fine together, and most of the Pacific Islands don't have a heap of agents.
    • India
    • Pakistan
    • Bangladesh

    Factional groups at that scale wouldn't be much better than the public groups we already have now.

    Private Groups

    The key 'Groups' part of the post linked was the ability for player organizations to make their own group within the Ingress community, similarly to how G+ ran with Communities.

    • Access managed by the owner of a group allows the circle of trust to be expanded on their own terms.
    • Moderation can be done by the owner and promoted admins just like a G+ community.
    • Players can have the level of trust and control they want and had from G+, while encouraging people to open the Ingress Community Forums.
    • Niantic would still have access to all the discussions and any truly excessive behavior internal to these groups could result in punitive actions by Niantic, but by and large the groups would run themselves.
    • As groups can have Public, Private and Secret, just like G+, the same processes that people used in the past to request invites, get invites, and have different levels of security would apply.
    • Having the groups on the Ingress Forums makes it far easier for a disconnected player to find the group that they most want to join, because they'd all be there and (where desired) visible for new players to see.

    I think User Created Private Groups would have a big effect on bringing the community back to a central point and encouraging people to visit the Ingress forums far more often.

    People would still maintain the chat groups that they already have, in Telegram, Discord etc, just like they did in Discord, but things like events and long form posts would once again have a private location that most players are aware of.

  • InvestigateXMInvestigateXM ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 12

    Some pilot groups could be mirrors of some of the bigger, existing groups that were on G+, as well as some groups for, uh, groups that are known by Niantic and which have a low risk of going off the rails. As per my post you linked, groups for Swag, Operation Essex (which was originally a group created by Niantic for the purpose of the story anyway) and one or two silly fun groups would be a nice start. Niantic should obviously be the main group manager in each of them, but groups like Essex should have the same managers as the admins on TG (which, to be transparent, would also includes me).

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