Please add any comments to the original proposal thread: https://forum.us.forgeofempires.com/index.php?threads/pinned-messages.26099/The ability to pin a message to the top of a thread in the message center.
Current System (if applicable)
Every [active] guild has multiple threads that do a lot of things, and some of them might have a specific purpose, instructions, or item that needs to be responded to. A good example are FP swaps, or lock-rate threads. When new members come in (or new players to the game), they may not understand what a thread is for. It'd be awesome to be able to pin one message to the top of the thread, that wouldn't auto-delete, that could explain what it's for. Some examples of use would be:
There are probably many other things this would be useful for, too, but those are what I can think of right-off.
- Instructions for how a swap works
- Instructions for receiving a lock from a Power Arc
- An announcement that guild leadership is looking for feedback on, so it's not lost to tons of replies/discussion
- Rotation order for group swaps
- Stating if the thread is mandatory for guild mates to stay in due to announcements/guild requirements
So that the thread is still read-able, the message would be able to be hidden either with a "read more" after a snippet (blog style or like FB), or to just have a bar across the top that says "Open Pinned Message" so you could read it as you wanted/needed, and then close it again.
I don't foresee any abuse. I'd make it so only one post in any message thread can be pinned to the top at a time, so it could be changed to a new one, but never more than one. One should be enough.
I don't think this needs a visual aid, but I'll be happy to make one if needed. Just will take me some time in Photoshop.
If we can pin messages to the top of a thread, it should help ease some confusion when new members join our guilds and allow those who found/lead guilds to have a little time freed up to do things other than re-explaining for the millionth time a thread function. Guilds are built on teamwork, and streamlining threads like this should help make it easier to work together in many ways.