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This is a subject that has come up multiple times recently, and I felt it needed addressed as as a thread into itself. Most of this was stated in the rules section and is repeated here with some editing. Most of this applies to the rule section but in general practice can be beneficial to most threads.

I believe 75%-90% of our playerbase is represented on the forums. Either direct active members, passive readers, or Vanguards and store/club leads that act as representatives of their group form that number. Shortly after release we had the first FAQ then the 1.5 digital book, followed by the forum seeking further clarification on all the changes. We got clarification and it trickled down through the playerbase quickly. At the time there was no need for an FAQ as everyone knew the changes and they were at the top of the forums. For awhile all the rule questions that followed were unique situations, rare stuff that required odd circumstances to even be brought up. Then late 2015 we had a new influx of players... players who never saw the old posts and weren't members of the 1st wave groups. Things would be fine had post titles from the original conversations been clear and concise, not "12 questions from the new update." On top of that most of the old threads became large and unwieldy to search. Us old dogs lived it and still can't hunt down the original threads for "proof" without alot of work. The reality is 99% of the 2nd wave players issues have been addressed in the previous threads. We have the strangest form of thread necromancy going on here I've ever seen that I'm naming Franken-threads. Pieces of older threads are being stitched together, raised, and unknowingly masked as entirely new conversations; not to be realized until a 1.0 player spots them and comments.

This post is due to yet another player boom, a third wave, that have found the forums. In order to aid in cutting down on a repeat of history I've made this commentary.

Note: None of this is meant to come down on anyone directly, it is merely observations and suggestions on how to prevent further issues and wasted time.

How do we stop the Franken-thread plague?

1. Clearly mark your thread for what it is! The recent "Leviathan CQB Ruling" thread is perfect for how to do it, there is no question that it is about Levi CQB and NOTHING ELSE. "First Game Rule Questions" in the Rule questions section is... beyond vague.

2. One Question/Subject per rule thread! Once again, perfect thread there. The only tangent we hit was the reasonings why there are no consolidated FAQs, which is still generally on the subject. Also, a rulebook/ORBAT update is NOT a subject. "Questions on the Relthozan ORBAT update" doesn't work when you have questions about skydropping, nexus designation, and drones that could currently or likely one day apply to other forces. This of course wouldn't apply to "#.# changes" lists/discussions or those addressing inter-force dynamics.

3. See #1

4. See #1 AGAIN!

5. If another question comes up, make a new thread. We've had several clarifications come up that brought up wording issues in another not directly related area. Ex. a rule that uses similar wording or mechanic to another that has come under question. We won't fault you for starting a new valid discussion, heck I'll applaud you for bring the issue to a broader light.

6. If you do inadvertently play Frankenstein and someone links the older thread PLEASE go back and try to read the entire thing. Delay commenting further unless it is a quick clarification question. There is no need for further critiquing the ruling if your concerns were already addressed previously. This applies to anyone commenting on a Franken-thread. If your viewpoint was not brought up previously, and proves to change the ruling this will help cut down on the number of pages someone has to dig through for an answer.

If you have a 7, 8, 9,.... feel free to comment, but please keep things constructive. Hopefully this thread can help improve the Planetfall community.

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It wouldn't be a bad idea for the community to start an official answer thread that compiles and points to official answers Spartan puts in the Forum for everyone to reference. I wouldn't bother a this point until version 2.0 comes out.

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Technically it's 24-Feb-2015. But as I was saying in the original post, we had things pretty well nailed down before April 2015 and a new FAQ was at the time unnecessary. It wasn't until October/November 2015 that one became a good idea, about the same time both playtesting and the new projects swamped Spartan and the vetran players. This is why there is no FAQ.

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