More than an idea this is a bug report. I think the attachments tab works wrong when I'm going to write a message. If I press "Remove" instead of selecting a file or adding another attachment, I won't be able to place any other attachment to that message. I attach two pictures for you to see it.
Well, HQ Settings tabs have "Save" and "Reset" buttons. However, I think that they're too close too each other. It's the biggest issue when it comes to Macros - it's way too easy to accidentaly remove the macros instead of saving a new one (been there, done that; now I've learned my lesson and I have a copy of my macros in a Word file). I think that the easiest solution will be moving these two buttons away from each other. I attached how it could look.
The alternative solution would be adding a pop-up message "Are you sure that you want to reset these settings?" with options "Yes" and "No" (also separated, just in case if someone was REALLY unlucky), which would appear when user will press "Reset". That would make this kind of mistake even less likely.
Have something stating how this is a predominantly volunteer led board more prominently placed. I personally think next to the "Answer HQ. Ask. Answer. Be the Hero” text in the banner: http://i.imgur.com/7Mfzdrg.png
As stated here, have image embedding available for most if not all ranks. It’s slightly illogical that you’re offered the option to add attachment images to a post but you’re not able to embed them within the main body of the post itself. In terms of the aesthetics of the post and the flow of the post, image embedding makes much more sense than attachments.
If the image embedding can’t be implemented, increase the number of attachments available to be used. If needs be you can put a maximum combined file size limit on accounts to prevent people attaching a ridiculous number of attachments on to a post. 3 attachments isn’t enough in some cases.
Ability to have no avatar if wanted.
Access to your macros if you’re accessing AHQ from a tablet or phone. It’s sometimes bad enough with the time it takes to write something with an on screen keyboard.
Ability to only receive PMs off certain ranks, e.g. EA staff, Heroes, Marshalls etc.
Sort the "ignore" function out. Have it so that you don’t see the posts of the individual(s) that you’ve chosen to ignore. If needs be have different levels of ignorance - ignore all posts and PMs off user, ignore all posts or PMs off user.
When clicking on a user’s profile, have a short-cut to all topics created by the user in the same way you can see all the latest posts by a user. This is useful for quickly finding useful topics created by a user with a high post count. Yes there’s tagging, but to first find the posts/topic worthy of tagging, you need an easy way to find them.
Reference page of Heroes and EA Staff hyperlinked at bottom of each forum, so members can find somebody to reach out to if something needs urgent moderation on a board that may not be frequented by those with moderation abilities - report inappropriate content can leave TOS violating posts up hours after being reported.
Sort out "Your post has been changed because invalid HTML was found in the message body. The invalid HTML has been removed. Please review the message and submit the message when you are satisfied.” Generally seen when quoting someone and trying to put their quote in a different colour to my post.
There are currently 437 ideas (438 with this post) classified as “New Idea”. Have a staff member go through each of these and change the status for them as applicable. Cull/purge most of them in to the “Will not implement” section if necessary as long as the list is cleared through.
I'm not too up on the different forum softwares and their capabilities/limitations, but one thing I think that would be more aesthetically pleasing if possible to implement is if you made it easier to distinguish a quoted part of a post from the main body of text of the poster as standard.
On AHQ, if you quote somebody, the quote is distinguished by two horizontal lines above and below the quoted text. The lines, font and background of the quoted text are all the same colour as the text you're writing (see attachment 1 below)
If you compare this to forum.ea.com for example, when somebody quotes another individual on there, the quote box is filled in light blue making the quoted text and the quoter's contriubtion easy to separate and distinguish between the pair (see attachment 2 below)
I appreciate not many AHQ members use quotes that I've seen in passing through a couple of forums, but for those of us who do, it would make reading posts easier for all concerned.
It would be nice to be able to see some new next gen levels come to the game. With some new disignes of the old ones so there is all way's a change insted of haveing it the same next year you could make new ones ready
I have a small compilation of ideas and changes to Answer HQ that I think would benefit users, and make it an overall better experience.
Change the way spellcheck works:
Instead of having to press the spellcheck button, I think it would be easier if it automatically picked up words that were spelt incorrectly and underlined them. (The way most websites and applications do it.)
Example: Google Chrome's automatic Spell-checker
Add a special badge for Heroes on their profile card:
I think a badge for Heroes would be cool not only for the Heroes, but it would help them to be specially distinguished for what they've achieved.
It could go next to their name or next to their avatar in that empty space.
Add a nationality flag to profile cards and profiles:
This isn't very important, but it could be added. Add an option to put your country on your profile, thus adding the country's flag to your profile card.
A change to the way languages work on Answer HQ:
I think we need to make a change to the way languages work on Answer HQ. Instead of having to find your language manually, it would be easier for the user to pick their language when they first login and from then on out, the only sections they'll see are the ones that are in their language. (Unless they search manually for another language on the homepage)
An "Away" status that appears on your profile, and the addition of online statuses to the profile cards. (Images attached below)
I think Answer HQ needs an "away" online status so user know that the person they're messaging or replying to may not see what they said. It could be blue and shows how long they've been away for.
A way to upload images (such as patterns, custom colors, etc.) to your profile card:
I think it'd be cool if we were able to upload images the same way we do for our avatars but it's for our profile cards instead. We could upload images or patterns, colors, custom photos, etc. (Should only be available for higher ranks due to the possibility of profane images being uploaded.)
Please, I encourage constructive criticism in the comments!
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This is my first post and I am confursed. This website is tedious and confusing to search. It sometimes takes me an hour to find the answer to a simple question.
I wanted to post this in the Ideas Exchange but there is no button to post there. I have a few ideas to improve EA Answers HQ.
I think would be a good idea to notify players they have to have their posts moved to the idea exchange from another forum.
Every time I enter Answers HQ I have to find the games I want to get help with. This is difficult. I wish the first page I load into I could customize with the games I am currently playing.
I also want to set the language I play the games in. Sometimes when I do a search I get posts in other languages. I can't read them so they are not benefitting me and are just wasting my time.
I hate that console/PC/and Mac share the same forum. I just want to look for answers to games on the systems I play them on. I should be able to set my systems for each game and only view those games. I hate it when I find the solution to a question, it is for a system I am not playing the game on.
I hate how I can't filter the forum to look at only sovled questions. People post the same questions over and over in filtered ways. I have to phrase my search term right to get the information I want or I have to browse though a bunch of unsolved questions.
I wish there was a way for staff to put the unsovled questions under the solved ones using levels. The top question is the one that is solved then you click on a plus sign and view similar questions that have the same solution. When you click on the minus sign it minimizes. For example if my solved question was "I can't change my display settings?" similar questions like, "My display settings are greyed out." or "Why are my display settings greyed out?" would fall under my question if the solutions were the same.
The entire front page of a forum can be filled with questions that require people to contact a Game Advisor. I wish these posts can be removed from the Answers HQ and be send directly to the game advisors where they can respond to the person via email or through their account.
I wish there was a guides section I can go to. This would be one of the first places I before I ask a question The guides section could include player created guides to fix issues in the game, guides on how to change settings, avoid bugs, etc. Of course the guides would be approved by an EA advisor before being posted.
I wish there was a sort option on the heading options "sovled", "subject", "replies", "author", and "latest post".
Old (two+ years) issues that don't have responses at all, have been fixed though a patch, or fix is contact a game advisor should be archieved. Having them in the forum makes it more difficult to search and find what I am looking for.
When patches occur they should be announced on Answers HQ so I can make sure the patch has fixed my problem before I search for a solution that has already been fixed in a patch.
I wish there were signatures that allowed people to only post their systems specs there. Each time they post a question, it would show their specs. That way I can see if the person who had a problem similar to mine has the same system specs. Sometims I wonder if the problems is because of the operating system. I think this would also help out the staff.
I don't want to sound like I am venting. I am just giving my ideas and suggestions based on using the search features and trying to find the answers to questions. At the end of the day, I usually contact an EA game advisor to fix my problems because this whole process is confusing and not user friendly. If these suggestions have already been posted I appologize. I couldn't use the search feature properly to figure it out.
A new forum has been added to the list, although separated from the other Monopoly Game entries. Since it's only a one-item separation, no gamer should fail to find the listing, however, it looks as unprofessional as can be!