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Edit: Changed some of the wording and formatting to hopefully make things clearer.
LFG tools tend to destroy community in MMOs... at least this is the popular opinion, and one I generally happen to agree with (I quit both WoW and Rift shortly after their LFG tools were implemented; the tone of the community changed).
Does it have to be this way in WildStar though? What if WildStar had a LFG tool that could actually help build community... how? Simple; by bringing like minded players together and getting them to communicate (or at least say hello).
The tool would:
The tool would NOT:
Cross-realm for dungeons could still be supported (if desired) by allowing individual notices to be browsed cross-realm (optional, default off) and cross-realm whisper / invite (only via the tool so as to avoid harassment), with players in the cross-realm group entering a cross-realm instance when they zone into the dungeon.
Some optional extras for the tool could be:
So how does this build community?
Like I said, it brings like minded (i.e. players looking to do the same thing) together, and it does it in a reasonably fast and efficient manner, at least faster and more efficiently than a spammed (and often misused) LFG channel, without taking the human factor (i.e. having to talk to other players) out of the equation. Want to do an instance, check the notice board and contact the apporiate group leader. Can't find what your looking for? Post your own notice to let other players know you're trying to start a group.
Note: Although notices could be posted by those looking to join an existing group, i.e. "LFG Dungeon X, Tank, T2 gear", this sort of use would be discouraged (mostly through education), as the tool is not, and should never be, designed for lazy people to be 'picked up' by others, but rather as a means to find information (i.e. the names of group leaders) quickly and efficiently.
Note2: This type of tool also has the advantage (over 'standard' LFG tools) that you can create a group for literally anything. Want to throw a party on the Halon Ring? No problem, simply post a notice with an appropriate title and description and tag it as "Other" with no additional criteria, done.
Thoughts? Constructive criticism? Any idea why more games don't use a LFG system like this?