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Hello my name is Ruggers. I haven’t been on the forums much because I haven’t felt the need to since the pandemic started and I was approved right before it all happened. I’ve been on the forums a couple times this past year to look up information on a dewback prod. I checked in again today just to see how everyone is doing but, to my surprise I notice either no one posts lately or not many people log in at all.

I find all that concerning because for new members looking for answers to questions about the detachment and possible costuming, they may not get the help they need. So I hope for 2023 more people will get on and keep an eye out for questions from new members. Thank you.

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While @bigwamand I are always there to approve new members and Police Officer or SWAT applicants, support troopers with their questions and provide guidance where needed or simply react to trooping log posts in an encouraging way, I feel with you and have noticed the same and agree. 

I also hope that it's going to pick up again.

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Hello Roger,

as @Hausi says, it's been very quiet lately. For what reason? Unfortunately we don't know either. Many members register to have level 2 or 3 approved and then unfortunately you don't hear anything anymore. I hope, of course, that this will change again in the near future. The whole thing is very unfortunate. We also noticed that the Sandtrooper was and is a very popular costume. The number of approved Sandtroopers has increased. I hope, of course, that this will change again in the near future. That the interest in the forum increases again and more construction reports or pictures of Troopes, Foundparts and much more are posted.

 

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I've noticed that the MEPD is not the most active detachment forum, but when you post, you almost always get a response from the regulars, which is awesome!
Do any of you know how other detachments are faring? Given the current economic situation, I could imagine that the hobby is attracting less new people in general?

My new years resolution is to continue with my build-thread and hopefully update it in the next few days. :D 

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Unfortunately I don't know, I'm registered in several detachments but my home is the MEPD. I look forward to pictures of your Troopers!

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I also can't really tell as I don't regularly visit the other forums. I know that there's a lot going on in the bounty hunters' guild forum in the Mandalorian Armor section. The OT bounty hunters - except for Fett - on the other hand are also quite forgotten. I assume it's the same here, new people are maybe more attracted to costumes from the newer series.

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We can only improve if we all pitch in. At the moment it's left to a few core team members.

I'm volunteering for a local role this year but happy to pitch in with MEPD. Not running again for DL this year.

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Question for the OP - what would you like to see more of on the forum?

While I don't post often here, I check in every few days or so to see if there are content I can contribute to / be interested in. Fact of the matter is, there's already so much awesome info on this forum I think of it more as a reference than anything else, and I think that's how a lot of troopers approach it.

I'm in all the detachment forums, and not all are super active. Off the top of my head, I think the active ones are all somewhat tied to costumes that appeared in the new media coming out. The rest who don't have as much new characters are fairly quiet with an engaged core staff (usually) that monitors and shows up to answer questions.

So, back to the original question - what would you like to see more of on the forum? Might help give the command here better feedback.

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On 1/20/2023 at 7:24 AM, Hoda said:

Question for the OP - what would you like to see more of on the forum?

While I don't post often here, I check in every few days or so to see if there are content I can contribute to / be interested in. Fact of the matter is, there's already so much awesome info on this forum I think of it more as a reference than anything else, and I think that's how a lot of troopers approach it.

I'm in all the detachment forums, and not all are super active. Off the top of my head, I think the active ones are all somewhat tied to costumes that appeared in the new media coming out. The rest who don't have as much new characters are fairly quiet with an engaged core staff (usually) that monitors and shows up to answer questions.

So, back to the original question - what would you like to see more of on the forum? Might help give the command here better feedback.

Sorry for the late reply. I tried to access the forums the day or two after my post but I wasn’t able to connect to the server. That being said.

what would I like to see more of? I’m not entirely sure. By way of suggesting what we should add, I do not know, I haven’t spent much time on other forums of any kind. For what I do know though, I’d say build threads, because I’m interested in how everyone makes there armor and webs it all together, everyone does something a little different. I’ve seen people in my garrison use Velcro to connect the kidney plate to the abdominal plate and just clamshell themselves in. I use a lot of snaps which make it harder to get into my kit myself. So stuff like that I like to see.

I’d like to eventually see more costumes in the MEPD, but that isn’t something we have a lot of control over.

I would like to see everyone’s "tour of duty" photos since I like seeing what other garrisons are up to. There aren’t a lot of sand troopers in my garrison that currently wear their armor (its pretty much just me right now), so I’d like to see more pictures and stories. After all that would help our public relations team out quite a bit. More social media posts mean more exposure. More exposure means more potential members, which would potentially liven up the forums.

it makes sense that troopers view the forums as a reference more than anything. We’ve been making the same few costumes for a while now and it seems we’ve covered a lot of ground because of that.

being asked what I would like to see, I'm interested in what everyone else thinks we should do.

last year during the elections, I remember reading that making the forums more active was one of the goals. I think we should continue to work on that.

I was going to suggest we do a poll before the elections, since I think more people would check in at that time. But like I said, I couldn’t connect to the server for a bit. I don’t know how polls during the election would work, but maybe that is something we can look into, if not after the elections have completed.

 

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5 hours ago, Ruggers said:

 

Sorry for the late reply. I tried to access the forums the day or two after my post but I wasn’t able to connect to the server. That being said.

what would I like to see more of? I’m not entirely sure. By way of suggesting what we should add, I do not know, I haven’t spent much time on other forums of any kind. For what I do know though, I’d say build threads, because I’m interested in how everyone makes there armor and webs it all together, everyone does something a little different. I’ve seen people in my garrison use Velcro to connect the kidney plate to the abdominal plate and just clamshell themselves in. I use a lot of snaps which make it harder to get into my kit myself. So stuff like that I like to see.

I’d like to eventually see more costumes in the MEPD, but that isn’t something we have a lot of control over.

I would like to see everyone’s "tour of duty" photos since I like seeing what other garrisons are up to. There aren’t a lot of sand troopers in my garrison that currently wear their armor (its pretty much just me right now), so I’d like to see more pictures and stories. After all that would help our public relations team out quite a bit. More social media posts mean more exposure. More exposure means more potential members, which would potentially liven up the forums.

it makes sense that troopers view the forums as a reference more than anything. We’ve been making the same few costumes for a while now and it seems we’ve covered a lot of ground because of that.

being asked what I would like to see, I'm interested in what everyone else thinks we should do.

last year during the elections, I remember reading that making the forums more active was one of the goals. I think we should continue to work on that.

I was going to suggest we do a poll before the elections, since I think more people would check in at that time. But like I said, I couldn’t connect to the server for a bit. I don’t know how polls during the election would work, but maybe that is something we can look into, if not after the elections have completed.

 

Trooping incentives would be fun! I know some folks who dedicate a whole lot of time to the troop logs for the purpose of some incentive patches/coins.

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