What i meant by “this is a beta” was not that it was not a finished game. I implied too subtly that we were all beta testers. So we have some sort of conduct code to obey, part of which is reading the forum and reporting bugs. Or making suggestions.
In the past week, there are been a thousand of new posts on subject that had been vastly discussed before. Take for exemple the criticism of the ‘Combat reconnaissance’ modes. Those people don’t help the devs. They are just making some noise.
On the other hand, there are quality contirbutors, such as yourself, trying to make compilation of ideas like in this post (By the way, man, you’re touchy, what was that reaction on my troll about ‘couple’. Seriously, you should have answered ‘yeah whatever’. Do not feed the troll.).
I know this is a suggestion thread. I know the wiki is not complete. I know FAQ are a pain in the xxxx.
I’m just saying that this game is not straight forward. What I try to explain, is that when you decide to get into a game like that, you have some effort to make. And reading my FAQ only takes 15 minutes, and MOST of newcomer’s question will be answered. And the important point is that IT WILL ANSWER QUESTION THEY DIDN’T EVEN ASK THEMSELVES !! I myself lost a lot of time and credits and even a bit of standards because there was no explanation of the mechanisms, nowhere. Now, there is a FAQ. It’s easy to find. Reading it will prevent newcomers to make the same mistakes I did. Or learn about tweaks : did you know you can switch on a matchmaking queue graph ? See Chat Commands
But a lot of people don’t even make that little effort. And no, i’m not insinuating a lack of intelligence, I am plainly stating lazyness. And you can think what you want of my intervention on this forum, you’re not the webmaster so as long as i have a +21 reputation quotation i’ll keep on posting on this forum the way I wish. This is a suggestion thread, so all suggestion should be taken into account by the devs without discussion ? I’m a player, don’t I have the right to have an opinion on this game ?
Back to our point, they have put a lot of effort in getting it more easy to understand, in the past few weeks. Look at the release notes. Did you know that the tooltip on the ship with all thoses stats didn’t exist one month ago ? I myself am working a lot to help newcomers. I often answer to the questions on the chat. On the wiki, I wrote the FAQ, the chat commands page, did tables on special weapons etc. etc.
I will say it again in upper case so to increase the chance of someone actually understanding me :
THE GAME MECHANISMS ARE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. NEWCOMERS SHOULD READ THE FAQ. INGAME HELP WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH.
So concerning the suggestion, yeah why not a tooltip. But I am convinced that giving the illusion of understanding things, and thus preventing newcomers to read what is closer to a game manual, is not a good idea. It is a negative side-effect. The best solution would be to make a short tooltip with a link to the wiki.
Furthermore wiki information in a lot of games is incredibly unreliable and often you will find fiction before fact.
The wiki will be closed for public editing as soon as it is complete enough. So the information will be controlled there.
For the moment the stats are changing so info is not accurate. By the end of the beta, all should be in place.