Ahoy thar Fo'Rum!
You may have noticed the recent increase in user accounts and activity across the forum and with that activity you may have also noticed more and more threads being Locked by the Deckhands.
Well the @deckhands and I thought it was about time we listed in detail our rationale behind Locking particular threads.
Firstly let me begin by saying if your posted thread is on the receiving end of a Lock, please don't take it personally, because it's not.
As Deckhands, it's our job to assure that active conversations and threads are being promoted and that new users are being directed to where the action is.
We understand the excitement new users must feel when logging into the FoRum for the first time and the amount of content can be somewhat overwhelming, just remember that we were all "new users" once and so we also understand that it's extremely tempting to just dive in and start posting "new" threads with your questions and suggestions.
But before posting a new thread consider the following to avoid your thread being Locked.
Things that qualify for a Lock (with descriptions):
Posting Duplicate Threads
Posting the same question or topic in multiple Categories or posting multiple threads with variations of the same title can be considered as SPAM.
Posting Duplicate Topics
Over the forums lifespan we have seen lots of unique discussion topics but there are some topics that are being frequently asked which creates clutter to legacy users and it can be repetitive. Typically a Deckhand (or a forum member) will redirect you to an active thread of the same topic before locking your thread.
Posting Closed Statements or Comments
Creating a new thread and simply saying "I'm excited for this game! Woo!" isn't going to cut it. Try turning that statement into a conversation topic, as long as that conversation doesn't break the aforementioned conditions.
Posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Let's face it, we all have questions. Some of those questions are more common than others. If you post a question thread and it has been answered we will likely lock it. With that in mind the Deckhands came up with the First Port of Call in an attempt to address some of those FAQ's about the game.
It's an extremely helpful resource but it won't answer every question, so in the instance where you still have questions unanswered we ask that you avoid creating a question thread and rather find a thread with a similar subject matter and ask it there. You would be surprised how quickly someone answers your question. If all else fails, message one of the Deckhands directly and we will see what we can do.
Neglecting to Search / Check Recent Posts
We find that when big announcements are made about Sea of Thieves multiple threads of the same subject are posted. We ask that before posting a new thread that you check the Recent posts to see if someone has already made your intended thread and attempt to do a Search. Although at the moment we are aware that the Search function is a little quirky.
Violating the Forums Terms and Conditions OR an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
For details on Forum Guidelines, please refer to this thread here.
During the development of Sea of Thieves, some information disclosed to you may be protected by an NDA and some conversations may also be restricted to take place in specific locations throughout the forum. Before posting, please check that your thread or topic is being posted in the correct Category.
Thank you for reading the above conditions, moving forward I hope that we can all work together to keep the Sea of Thieves Fo'Rum looking shipshape!
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AaronLeigh Pikaaroon - Deckhand