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Bugs and The Sims 101 - Everything you need to know - Discussion

EA_ArcadiaEA_Arcadia Posts: 11 EA Community Manager
edited July 19 in Forum Ideas & Feedback
Have any questions or comments about our recent discussion about Bugs and The Sims, here's the best place to leave them.

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  • AuroraskiesAuroraskies Posts: 1,834 Member
    edited July 23
    The Bug Reports section for The Sims 4 on Electronic Arts Answers Headquarters game help forum is managed by an ordinary player, in the sense that they test the bug reports, ask any necessary questions to try to narrow the issue down, decide which bug reports are valid and so what gets forwarded to The Sims Team, create and manage the complete list of all bug reports made, write and post the information guiding players on the forum and more. The player is not hired by Electronic Arts Inc.

    The question arises since reported issues take a very long time to get fixed. There is of course no game without bugs, but the issues for this game are surprisingly many. The new attempt at inclusion of all players, and visibility into the bug fixing process in The Laundry List is applaudable, but as a player and customer I find it odd that a bug forum for such a high profit complex game with numerous DLC often added, does not get proper, knowledgeable and offical management of their bug forum. The report template is misunderstood by many players using it, and what would be considered a bug and how a report is to be made is not made sufficiently clear by official sources. There is no system for checking the credentials of the players posting in the bug reports section, and subsequently the discussion in the bug report threads are more of a social forum discussion; than proper judgement on what issue is a bug or not, based on an actual skill set in programming, game production, animation and so forth. Only the game producer can decide what they will consider a bug or not, but the process in which the bug reports are analyzed and decided to be valid or not is not made clear. That players are allowed to post in the bug report threads and in what capacity they are useful, is not made clear by official sources. The function of the button Me Too is not made clear by official sources.

    The question is asked mainly to get an explanation for the slow bug fixing process and the many bugs that occur after each patch and pack. It is also posed in an attempt to get an explanation of the management of the bug report section, and why it is seemingly run by players, and why the EA offical personnel are so invisible. And lastly, it is asked in an attempt to understand what effect this has on the slow bug fixing process.

    I as a player have helped in testing many newly made bug reports in an attempt to replicate them, this to ascertain their validity. I have done this on a Discord server not run by EA, but with the sole intention of discussing threads made for The Sims, on AHQ; and with members those players that post on AHQ and other Sims Forums. I am not hired or compensated in any way by EA for this. I have never been contacted by EA asking me to do this, but only by players posting at AHQ, specifically those with administrative right to manage it. None of the information left the server, I did not post in the bug report section with this information. If the bug report section on AHQ is run by EA offical personnel - how is it that players can help out with work that should be done by The EA SimGurus, or appointed personnel; and this in a forum separated from AHQ, and the effort not initiated by EA personnel.

    The question is of course only directed to EA SimGurus, and/or the personnel in charge of decisions regarding the forum. Players posting in this forum are of course welcome to discuss the matter if interested. They need to do so in a proper way, being polite and constructive. Please refrain from posting before giving others the benefit of the doubt. Also refrain from quoting eachother; write using your own words instead.

    This thread is not made to diminish the role of the player; neither as the role we all have, nor any specific person's - but to ask a simple question. If it is an intentional choice to let players run the forum, and do the work of the forum; I would like to know the reasoning behind it. I think I have explained what makes me describe it as managed, but discussion is welcome.

    I posted this question a couple of weeks ago, and recieved two answers from EA personnel, official AHQ Forum Managers. One was to forward the feedback to their admin, but there was no following response. The other was to explain how the bug forum is managed. I asked that this information then would be posted / pinned to AHQ. This has not been done. Then my thread was removed. No EA Moderator posted in the thread to close it, or sent me a message about any potential rules broken, or to let me know that is was removed, or why. The thread was calm and not one of those posting in it, including me, broke any Forum Rules. If this was an oversight or mistake, any EA Moderator are welcome to explain this action by posting in the thread, I am sure to understand. This thread is an update of that older one.
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  • AuroraskiesAuroraskies Posts: 1,834 Member
    edited July 23
    Reserved.

    This post is to clarify a couple of things that came up in the other thread, hence the 'reserved' state. I will add to it.

    A lot was talked about the so called superusers of AHQ, mostly by the EA representatives posting in the thread; but also some interesting questions posed by players. One was if there is a system to control the Heroes, the players that get administrative rights on the forum, to merge, move and name threads, both in the bug report sction and the others, Technical and General Discussion & Feedback.

    Here are the presentation and rules for the program. It is posted as late as April 2020, although I think AHQ and the program is much older. There is no explanation to what warranted the information being given at this time.

    Presentation:
    https://answers.ea.com/t5/General-Information/Community-Connections-Program-Volunteer-Helpers-of-AHQ/td-p/8924397

    Rules
    https://answers.ea.com/t5/General-Information/Community-Connections-Program-Participant-Guidelines/m-p/8907846#M2

    Just a reminder: This thread is not about the superusers, since any internal forum hierarchy applied by EA for their own purposes, does not make the players recieving a title less of players, as opposed to hired personnel. This thread is a question why players whether they have a title or not, organize and manage the bug report section.

    The original thread was shared here:


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  • SandeeSandee Posts: 4 New Member
    Hi, anytime you try to book a Gig under any job that a Select a Gig...it does not let your Sim select one. I know the Freelance regarding the Tech one does only if you do it on the computer. The Decorate one does not have that ability and the menu under their job does not let you either (computer). I am not sure about the acting one, but none of them let you do it under their work icon so I am sure that is broken too.
    Thanks.
  • EA_ArcadiaEA_Arcadia Posts: 11 EA Community Manager
    @Sandee could you please report this bug on Answers HQ as per the guidance in the main thread.
  • AuroraskiesAuroraskies Posts: 1,834 Member
    edited July 23
    This is a good initiative. I can't see it pinned to AHQ yet, but perhaps you will get there eventually. I also think a good idea would be to create a similar thread at AHQ, perhaps in the General section, for everyone to get the possibility of asking questions. I think there are many players that frequent both forums, but many still that don't, and the bug report section is on AHQ after all.

    The original thread with me as OP is here:
    https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/992153/why-is-the-bug-forum-for-the-sims-4-managed-by-players-update#latest
  • simgirl1010simgirl1010 Posts: 21,453 Member
    Thank you EA_Arcadia for the detailed explanation of how the bug forum and bug compilation works.

    Kudos to Hero Crincrit and all the other volunteers who assist the QA staff. 💚
    Do more of what makes you happy. 🌞
  • AuroraskiesAuroraskies Posts: 1,834 Member
    edited July 25
    Here are some suggestions of things to clarify in your text, I hope you will get more:

    0. Volunteers are players. If you want all players to engage in the forum, you welcome everyone; if you want to intimidate people then you create a hierarchy. It's up to you. What do you want?

    1. Clarify why players should click Me Too.
    What is it used for? How does it matter? What limits are there to the count, at what number of Me Too's does it matter? Why it is important for EA to know how many suffers from a particular issue?

    2. Clarify for players not creating the bug report what they can do, and why it can be useful. What is a useful post in a bug report once it is made - complaints and angry outbursts, or detailed descriptions on when the issue occurs? Why is it players responsibility to add this information? How does it help and why?

    3. Clarify why the tags for bug reports are player made, and not official EA tags posted by SimGurus, EA AHQ Moderators or capable hired personnel.

    4. Clarify what counts as information in bug reports. To do this you would have to clarify the process of bug fixing, from experience to duplication to testing fixes. Give examples of what information is good to have for different issues: for examples: how many sims in the household, does it happen in every household, what sim state, (occult, age etc), what did they interact with just before the issue occurred. There are thousand examples. List them elsewhere with examples of bug reports and link to the list. Think about what consumer base you have. Also make sure it will be easy to link the text for those players that want to clarify to other players on what information is important in a bug report.

    5. Explain what a searchable title for a bug report is, give examples.

    6. It is good that you are working on the bug template. The most important question to be able to effectively duplicate an issue confuses most players. Clarify that question.

    7. Clarify who "staff" and "volunteers" are; I see many players confused by the questions asked in bug report threads by mere players, when they expect EA personnel to handle their problem and ask them questions.

    8. Clarify who have administrative rights, and why. Clarify why merging is done, both for staff and players. Why is is necessary? Don't you trust players to click Me Too? Do you want to clear up the board? Players who don't understand bugs should not handle the bug forum. Clarify why you have volunteers doing the work of EA.

    9. Greatly clarify the divide between the player run compiled bug list and the real one by the Sims Team/EA, and why there are two. Clarify when the player-run bug list is updated, both in your text, and in that thread itself. This is important for searching and finding bug threads, both for players having an issue and those wanting to help them. Could the list be better searchable?

    10. Clarify that when there is a solution marked for a thread, that also shows up in its title. This to not scare off players wanting to post about their issue.

    11. Greatly clarify the scraping process. When is it done? Do the EA personnel see all bug reports made? Why not?
    Players with administrative rights move threads between different sections based on their own opinion; testing done in other communities than AHQ; players posting opinions in the bug threads etc. In all politeness: prove me wrong, if I am wrong, please.

    12. Clarify what supplying supporting assets are.

    13. Clarify that players are allowed and welcome to post in old bug reports; and that these matter as much as new ones - if they do?

    14. Clarify why there are mainly players posting in the bug forum, despite the staff, here stated, being involved.

    16. Greatly clarify who the special volunteers working in the bug forum are, what they do, why you have players doing EA work in a bug forum.

    16. Greatly clarify why players are doing any work at all in a bug forum for a game that is in development; not an indie production; very complex and large; and with continuously added DLC; and severe lack of testing before release - based on what kind of bugs appear right after a new pack release.

    16. Greatly clarify how crinrict's Gaming World Discord server for AHQ helpers, and its purpose; fits into the program of superusers.

    17. Rethink the decision to use AHQ for a bug forum, considering all the limitations.


    Edit:

    In view of the original thread being closed down hindering me from responding to the last post I will answer here, given the prompt to use this thread.


    18. Clarify who the QA are.

    19. Clarify why this thread is in Forum Feedback, and not Feedback section, where I posted it. This section we are posting in now, is for this forum. The question about the bug forum, is about the section Bug Reports on AHQ.

    20. Clarify the rules and rights for the superusers, and what makes certain players qualified to decide over other players in a bug forum. This also in regards to the methods taken by the superusers of The Sims Forum sections on AHQ to take all discussions elsewhere, off the EA boards.


    A simple question about the management of a bug forum is not naming and shaming. The fact that players, and specific players, do this work makes it impossible to criticize the bug forum, without touching on the rule for naming and shaming. Questioning management for something that touches everyone's game experience should not be that hard to do on a public forum. If the bug forum was not managed by players, this problem would not exist. I did not mention the player in question, in the thread, but everyone had their own impression of who it was anyway. That says something about the common impression of how the bug forum is handled and has been for years. I as a player and customer have a right to question the work of EA, without being accused of attacking an individual person. EA's decision to let a single individual be so tightly connected to the bug forum, that by questioning it, this person is inadvertently also dragged into it, no matter how hard one tries to not do that. Players, and any specific player, should not be so closely attached to a game concept, that it is unimaginable to separate them two. crinrict should not be automatically connoted with the bug forum - but crinrict is the bug forum. Is this conundrum clear now?

    As a side note regarding quoting: In a thread were I am the OP, I am in the right to ask for a proper behaviour. The thread was not meant for fighting, and that is what most threads end up in, on this forum. Quoting is, to me, incredibly rude, slightly lazy, and on this forum, mainly used to flame a discussion. It is also a part of an high school education to be able to understand a text in a fluid way, and there is no need to quote on a forum for a game. Quoting makes threads too long, and hard to read. Using ones own words prevents in many cases an argument to quickly spin off hand. A problem with quoting is the spiral of misunderstandings it creates, as a quote is focused on a phrase, and not meaning. Not assuming direct and constant understanding is a better, more constructive way of discussing. Several of the comments EA_Arcadia have made, while quoting me, are not in response to what is meant, and the result of such a discussion is only an endless correction of other people's assumptions of a word, a phrase or a paragraph. Quoting also assumes a similar grasp on the used language, that not everyone have.

    I am waiting for the promised clarifications, to resume this conversation.

    An important addition though: I made the original thread, and I hope you are not saying that I am not allowed to make another. This thread is the duplicate thread, it is EA staff decison to make it, place it in an obscure part of the forum and to merge my thread into it, remove my original thread twice without message and then close it down. As long as my question is unanswered I will ask it. I hope you will answer it here. You have not so far.

    EDIT 2:

    21. There are a lot of confusion about mods and cc, what it is, how it effects the game, why it creates problems after patches, and why it is necessary to remove them as a first troubleshooting step when creating bug reports. Clarify this for the common user, clearly enough that anyone who wants to help doesn't have to explain it themselves over and over, and can instead link to an official explanation and request.

    22. Clarify if all issues are allowed to be reported, or if there is a separation between 'major' and 'minor' ones.
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  • EA_ArcadiaEA_Arcadia Posts: 11 EA Community Manager
    edited July 27
    @Auroraskies,
    I will take the time to go through and answer all your questions below, we would like to mention that many of these we have answered before both publicly, in the original 101 Bugs thread, and in DMs to you personally. We ask for everyone to please respect the efforts the team has put into these threads, and avoid spamming questions that have been answered expecting a different answer.

    We also ask, that if we answer your question and it does not address your concern, do not take this with malicious intent. We answer questions on our best interpretation of how it's asked. English is a fun language in that there can often be many interpretations based on how something is written, we will always take the most common interpretation.

    While we will always strive to provide information where possible, there are times where we simply can't as the information is for internal staff only.

    Arcadia

    Answers within:
    Here are some suggestions of things to clarify in your text, I hope you will get more:
    0. Volunteers are players. If you want all players to engage in the forum, you welcome everyone; if you want to intimidate people then you create a hierarchy. It's up to you. What do you want?

    All players are welcome to post, as that has always has been the case. The vast majority of the community appreciate the contributions of these recognized Volunteers, do not see this as a hierarchy, and have had no negative interactions with these Volunteers. These volunteers are held to the same rules as everyone else, so if there is any concerning interactions you are welcome to report them through the standard avenues and will with address them as we would any other player.


    1. Clarify why players should click Me Too.
    What is it used for? How does it matter? What limits are there to the count, at what number of Me Too's does it matter? Why it is important for EA to know how many suffers from a particular issue?

    This has already been clarified - no additions needed:
    "Me Too:
    A feature on our forums is the ability to say “me too” on a thread, if you’ve seen the same bug that the thread details you can hit this button to indicate you’re having the same issue. Doing this allows us to quickly determine how many people are being impacted by the reported bug.
    "

    There is no level of "Me-Toos" that "matter", it simply helps us grasp how many people are impacted.


    2. Clarify for players not creating the bug report what they can do, and why it can be useful. What is a useful post in a bug report once it is made - complaints and angry outbursts, or detailed descriptions on when the issue occurs? Why is it players responsibility to add this information? How does it help and why?

    I will add some additional context in terms of what is useful to include in a reply if you're facing a similar issue to the main thread.

    Its no-ones "responsibility" to add additional information - it never has been, as always, players are free to interact where they want to with any information they want to, so long as it is in alignment with the forum rules.

    I have explained why providing additional information is useful already, no additional clarity is needed on this:
    The number one thing you can do to help get your bug processed quicker is to be detailed, specific, and supply supporting assets.

    Staff and volunteers often request additional information such as save files, or instructions on how the bug occurred. We ask this information not for fun, but so QA gets as much concise info as they can to get to the root cause quicker.

    While it may take the QA Team some time to work on a resolution, this extra information may also lead to another player coming up with a workaround based on the info provided or their own experience, which is great! That’s working as a community and players helping each other.


    3. Clarify why the tags for bug reports are player made, and not official EA tags posted by SimGurus, EA AHQ Moderators or capable hired personnel.

    This has already been addressed.

    Since the Volunteers assist Staff with keeping the boards accessible and usable for other players, the tag system was developed with the AHQ Staff to quickly identify key factors with different bugs reports. No other EA title has the same size in terms of DLC/Game Packs. Without the Tag system, vital information is contained within the main section of the reports. It simply increases the visibility of this information.


    4. Clarify what counts as information in bug reports. To do this you would have to clarify the process of bug fixing, from experience to duplication to testing fixes. Give examples of what information is good to have for different issues: for examples: how many sims in the household, does it happen in every household, what sim state, (occult, age etc), what did they interact with just before the issue occurred. There are thousand examples. List them elsewhere with examples of bug reports and link to the list. Think about what consumer base you have. Also make sure it will be easy to link the text for those players that want to clarify to other players on what information is important in a bug report.

    No, this is internal information in terms of the specifics of how bugs are fixed. Its common knowledge that information means anything relevant to the bug, this doesn't need to be explicitly stated.


    5. Explain what a searchable title for a bug report is, give examples.

    This has already been addressed

    Please go review thread titles in the compiled list, this should give you plenty of examples.


    6. It is good that you are working on the bug template. The most important question to be able to effectively duplicate an issue confuses most players. Clarify that question.

    As mentioned, we're working on it.


    7. Clarify who "staff" and "volunteers" are; I see many players confused by the questions asked in bug report threads by mere players, when they expect EA personnel to handle their problem and ask them questions.

    Staff: Have clear staff identifiers:
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    original?v=1.0&px=-1

    This obvious enough that further clarification isn't needed.


    8. Clarify who have administrative rights, and why. Clarify why merging is done, both for staff and players. Why is is necessary? Don't you trust players to click Me Too? Do you want to clear up the board? Players who don't understand bugs should not handle the bug forum. Clarify why you have volunteers doing the work of EA.

    This has been addressed before and doesn't need to be restated. Please READ the links I have previously listed.


    9. Greatly clarify the divide between the player run compiled bug list and the real one by the Sims Team/EA, and why there are two. Clarify when the player-run bug list is updated, both in your text, and in that thread itself. This is important for searching and finding bug threads, both for players having an issue and those wanting to help them. Could the list be better searchable?

    There is an internal list that is used so that internally we can catalog technical details related to reported bugs. These details would make no sense to players, clutter up threads, and make it harder for the teams to reference the information. This is why we keep it separate and do not share the information with any players.

    How searchable the list is, is limited by the platform, this really doesn't need stating as its common sense.


    10. Clarify that when there is a solution marked for a thread, that also shows up in its title. This to not scare off players wanting to post about their issue.

    Its simply a function of how AHQ works. If a player is having an issue, and sees its been marked with a solution, common steps would be to see the solution. From the solution it will be clear whether them adding additional is useful, or whether a solution is already found.


    11. Greatly clarify the scraping process. When is it done? Do the EA personnel see all bug reports made? Why not?
    Players with administrative rights move threads between different sections based on their own opinion; testing done in other communities than AHQ; players posting opinions in the bug threads etc. In all politeness: prove me wrong, if I am wrong, please.

    How this specifically works is internal information, and details will not be shared.
    Once again, if you had thoroughly read the post, you will see that we state that all bugs are taken and read:
    Let’s get the bug reports to the Staff:

    On regular and frequent intervals, the Sims QA team “scrapes” the bug forum and pulls the info from each thread into their catalog so they can begin assessing each reported bug. It’s important to note here that every thread gets pulled during the “scraping” process, neither Staff or Volunteers can prevent or restrict any threads from being taken.

    From this catalog view, the QA team starts going through the information and determines a course of action for each bug. During this process, the QA team notes a considerable amount of complex and detailed information regarding each and every bug thread.


    12. Clarify what supplying supporting assets are.

    Since this is common knowledge, there is no need to add this in.

    Supporting: "serving to corroborate something."
    Asset: "a useful or valuable thing"
    For us can include: screenshots, game files, DxDiag files, etc.


    13. Clarify that players are allowed and welcome to post in old bug reports; and that these matter as much as new ones - if they do?

    Since this is common knowledge, clarity is not needed.

    So long as the issue hasn't been previously fixed, naturally a player is allowed to reply to an older bug thread. If a bug has previously been fixed, and is now occurring again, it is better to make a new thread as the situation surrounding the issue has likely changed.


    14. Clarify why there are mainly players posting in the bug forum, despite the staff, here stated, being involved.

    Since this is common knowledge, clarity is not needed.

    Due to the sheer size of the player base (millions), versus the AHQ team of 32 CMs, even if we were playing the game 24/7 and neglecting every other game and task, we would never encounter even close to the same number of bugs that the community does. It is completely unreasonable to expect this to be comparable. Teams within the Maxis studio (like the QA team), do conduct bug searches on the game themselves, but do not report them on the boards, because that would be a redundant activity for them (as its just going to end back with them anyway).


    15. Greatly clarify who the special volunteers working in the bug forum are, what they do, why you have players doing EA work in a bug forum.

    No players are doing EA Work. They voluntarily help with low end housekeeping tasks of the forums to allow the staff to focus on more critical tasks and actual EA Work. As I've previously linked, all information on our volunteers and who they are can be found here.


    16. Greatly clarify why players are doing any work at all in a bug forum for a game that is in development; not an indie production; very complex and large; and with continuously added DLC; and severe lack of testing before release - based on what kind of bugs appear right after a new pack release.

    Reporting a bug is not doing work, it is a voluntary action a player can take. No player is forced to report a bug, however reporting a bug can help us determine a fix quicker. Almost every single game I can think of has avenues for players to report game issues/bugs - it is standard in gaming.

    Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to find a bug, and have no where to post about it that you know staff will see it? Exactly.


    17. Greatly clarify how crinrict's Gaming World Discord server for AHQ helpers, and its purpose; fits into the program of superusers.

    This has also been answered many times before. Crinrict's Discord (and any other Discord servers) have no association with AHQ, or any function of the Community Connections Program. We do not use Discord in any capacity. No EA Staff are in that server, and we have no overview into its contents.

    The only Official EA Discord is the discord that can be found at discord.gg/EA


    18. Rethink the decision to use AHQ for a bug forum, considering all the limitations.

    Please recall this statement regarding AHQ, we're working on improvements to AHQ:
    While we know there are some issues with the current bug form (we’re working on it) it’s important you provide as much information as possible, the more information we have the easier it is for our teams to assess the bug and determine what may be causing it.


    19. Clarify who the QA are.

    Since this is common knowledge, there is no need to add this in.

    QA = Quality Assurance, its team within the Maxis Studio. Who they are specifically, in terms of names, is internal information and will not be shared. It is not relevant


    20. Clarify why this thread is in Forum Feedback, and not Feedback section, where I posted it. This section we are posting in now, is for this forum. The question about the bug forum, is about the section Bug Reports on AHQ.

    It can always be moved, when posted this was the most logical place to put it. We will review this soon.


    21. Clarify the rules and rights for the superusers, and what makes certain players qualified to decide over other players in a bug forum. This also in regards to the methods taken by the superusers of The Sims Forum sections on AHQ to take all discussions elsewhere, off the EA boards.

    We clearly state this and provide links to supporting information: no clarity needed.

    Again, Heroes and Champion have no ability to "decide" over another player. In that same breath, we have no desire or ability to control where players have conversations about the game. No clarity is required here as the information is linked in the original thread.


    22. There are a lot of confusion about mods and cc, what it is, how it effects the game, why it creates problems after patches, and why it is necessary to remove them as a first troubleshooting step when creating bug reports. Clarify this for the common user, clearly enough that anyone who wants to help doesn't have to explain it themselves over and over, and can instead link to an official explanation and request.

    We will add clarity regarding this point.

    23. Clarify if all issues are allowed to be reported, or if there is a separation between 'major' and 'minor' ones.

    If the issue is determined as a bug as per our listed criteria, it can be reported - big or small, doesn't matter. Can be as small as "I can't place a picture at a certain height on this wall" to "Every time I place X furniture, my whole building disappears".

    Listed Criteria from the 101 Thread:
    First off, let’s talk about what a bug is:
    A bug, or software bug, is an error in a computer program (like a video game) that causes the program to produce an incorrect or unexpected result or to react in an unintended way.
    Sometimes it is hard to determine if an error in the game is a bug, an intended function that is misunderstood or goes against the player's preference, or an issue caused by problems on the player's computer/console.

    The following, however, are not bugs:
    • Issues with Mods/Custom Content (CC): The Mod or custom content creator is responsible for the function of their content. Maxis does not consider the functionality of mods or CC when making in-game adjustments. Reach out to the creator if you are having issues.
    • Lagging or crashing issues: It is rare that these issues are caused by a bug; given this, these threads are commonly moved to one of the tech sections for individual troubleshooting. Occasionally, there may be an identified in-game issue which is causing the problem, in these cases the threads may remain in the bug section and be merged.
    • Opinions on how things work in-game: While you may not agree with the specifics of an in-game feature, this is not a bug. If you don’t like how specific things in the game work, you can leave feedback in the general discussion and feedback section either in Answers HQ or the Game Forum.

    A simple question about the management of a bug forum is not naming and shaming. The fact that players, and specific players, do this work makes it impossible to criticize the bug forum, without touching on the rule for naming and shaming. Questioning management for something that touches everyone's game experience should not be that hard to do on a public forum. If the bug forum was not managed by players, this problem would not exist. I did not mention the player in question, in the thread, but everyone had their own impression of who it was anyway. That says something about the common impression of how the bug forum is handled and has been for years. I as a player and customer have a right to question the work of EA, without being accused of attacking an individual person. EA's decision to let a single individual be so tightly connected to the bug forum, that by questioning it, this person is inadvertently also dragged into it, no matter how hard one tries to not do that. Players, and any specific player, should not be so closely attached to a game concept, that it is unimaginable to separate them two. crinrict should not be automatically connoted with the bug forum - but crinrict is the bug forum. Is this conundrum clear now?

    You are correct, its not, but when players begun to be named and their actions questioned, this does fall into the territory of naming and shaming. We left the thread alone until it began to digress to that level.

    You are stating you're experiences on the bug forum, which is fine, you're allowed to express your opinion, but claiming it is the experience of everyone when there are few that agreed with you, doesn't make opinion - fact. We have agreed that we have improvements we can make, but you are making statements that are factually incorrect. If Crin decided she was done with helping on the forums, the forums would continue running as they are, with improvements occurring as they currently do. We appreciate her contributions, as we do all players and volunteers, but the forums would continue without her.


    As a side note regarding quoting: In a thread were I am the OP, I am in the right to ask for a proper behaviour. The thread was not meant for fighting, and that is what most threads end up in, on this forum. Quoting is, to me, incredibly rude, slightly lazy, and on this forum, mainly used to flame a discussion. It is also a part of an high school education to be able to understand a text in a fluid way, and there is no need to quote on a forum for a game. Quoting makes threads too long, and hard to read. Using ones own words prevents in many cases an argument to quickly spin off hand. A problem with quoting is the spiral of misunderstandings it creates, as a quote is focused on a phrase, and not meaning. Not assuming direct and constant understanding is a better, more constructive way of discussing. Several of the comments EA_Arcadia have made, while quoting me, are not in response to what is meant, and the result of such a discussion is only an endless correction of other people's assumptions of a word, a phrase or a paragraph. Quoting also assumes a similar grasp on the used language, that not everyone have.

    We allow quoting, end of matter - you're allowed to have your opinion but have no authority on determining how other users can use the forum features we have enabled. My responses would have been extremely confusing to someone reading my response without directly referencing each question asked. To help with the length of the thread, I've used a spoiler.

    If I missed the meaning in what you wrote in your questions, then you may need to reword them to bring better context or clarity to what you meant. As mentioned in the above spoiler, all staff address questions based on the most common interpretation of how its written. We cannot be expected to guess you meant it different when it is written the way it is.

    An important addition though: I made the original thread, and I hope you are not saying that I am not allowed to make another. This thread is the duplicate thread, it is EA staff decison to make it, place it in an obscure part of the forum and to merge my thread into it, remove my original thread twice without message and then close it down. As long as my question is unanswered I will ask it. I hope you will answer it here. You have not so far.

    To clarify, you are definitely welcome and encouraged to enjoy the forums and make threads as you see fit, I apologize if that was ambiguous. However, as per the rules of the forum, if your thread is a duplicate or relates to an already established thread, it will be merged appropriately.

  • MeestorMarkMeestorMark Posts: 862 Member
    Thank you for all your threads of late on this topic!!! You've no idea how appreciated they are to this one simmer!

    This quote is from a different thread, but here seems to be where comments are wanted as that other thread is closed.

    You wrote:

    "The staff are active in these boards, however as mentioned above, there is little value to players in AHQ Staff replying to acknowledge each and every report with a generic thank you."

    I wish you'd reconsider this notion. Right now it is completely opaque whether a bug has even been noticed by EA or not. There were several bug threads I was tracking at AHQ concerning pathing and slope access in Snowy Escape. I added my "me toos" and comments there six months after the threads were initiated.

    If there had been even an automated, but official note somewhere in the thread that it had been received by the actual EA bug team, I would have moved on as a more-or-less happy simmer instead of authored multiple threads in the Feedback section about the apparent total lack of interest on EA's part in addressing bugs.

    Communication is sooo easy in today's cut and paste environment. Yes a simple post that says, "Thank you, we're looking into it," doesn't hold a lot of value. However a fuller generic post with similar very useful information you've shared in multiple threads lately could hold much more value while still just requiring only a copy paste to send.

    I would suggest something along these lines...

    "Thank you for reporting this issue. It has been received by the official bug team at EA. Sometimes fixes are easy, sometimes they are hard. Sometimes those fixes have further knock-on effects that require more work to integrate before a final solution can be implemented in one of our monthly patches. But official EA eyes are on the issue.

    If you are another viewer of this bug, the most powerful thing you can do is click to 'Me Too' button so we know how many simmers are experiencing this relative to other bugs we are addressing. As time is a limited resource, we do have to sometimes make decisions about the priority of which bugs to address first.

    Thank you to everyone who takes the time and effort to participate in AHQ in our on-going effort to minimize bugs in this game. We love that you play our game so much and we want to continually improve it for you."

    Do you see the difference and power in such a message, even if just copy pasted?
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