There's an interesting discussion going on in the Runescape HLF (High Level Forums) drawing attention to the forums being but a shell of their older self. The main blame was towards Jagex given that they run a tight ship and have developed this culture to censor its members; anything posted outside strict, secretive guidelines are met with a robot response from FMods locking the thread, not really allowing for any serious conversation. That being said, Zybez doesn't really have this problem - the staff team are generally pretty lapse, join in conversation and overall love the community that they reside in (compared to the very very low contribution rate that we see from Jagex these days in the RSOF) - but the forums have dwindled in activity also.
The OP of the threads post in the spoiler if you're interested
So, one wonders why there has been a steady decrease in Runescape related forums over the years, a few explanations could be that;
- Everyone has moved over the social media sites (such as reddit, twitter, facebook)
- Lack of JMod interaction (they've also seemingly moved over to social media platforms)
- Anonymity (what you say on reddit cannot effect your Runescape account unless you publicly state who you are)
- Lack of functions and tools (primarily the RSOF, has about the same forum tools as an ipb board from the year 2000)
Zybez, Sals Realm, Tip.IT ect apart from being their own niches and their own communities are not, now, where everyone is discussing Runescape. They all have their own benefits no doubt, Zybez being the go to place for the mighty clanners to brag and complain about the clanning worlds, supplying its deadman item exchange and took the initiative to create an item exchange when oldschool Runescape first came about... but it isn't where everyone goes for their news, recent drama and Sick Nerd's recent irl ags spec.
This thread has been a little bit of me just rambling really, but I'd like to bring forward a bit of a discussion as to whether or not everyone shares the same mind as me, and what fan sites and indeed the rsof can do to bring back its members.
Edited by Gintoki, 01 December 2016 - 12:47 PM.