At the risk of coming off as a bit overzealous and a tad nostalgic, I wanted to open up a thread to try and get an idea of whether this is a forum that could serve for a community or not.
In days long past, the Elder Scrolls forums here on Xbox.com were some of the most active and tightly knit boards on the entire website. And while the forums lacked in subtlety and politeness a lot of the time (something I did help perpetuate), they more than made up for it with enthusiasm about the subject material and interesting discussion. The potential for a much more engaging community is here now that we have an MMO.
I've been taking glances at this forum for a while now and one of the major issues here is the flood of guild recruitment and help needed threads. There's nothing inherently wrong with those threads, but they bury any attempt at true discussion. This thread has a link to presumably a sub area for those kind of posts, but it's a dead link now which leads me to the assumption that it wasn't supported well or was too much of a hassle.
This is where things get tricky, because in order for this to be an effective place to discuss the game there actually has to be room to discuss it. Right now, there isn't.
So here's my suggestion: Guild and in-game help threads need a single thread each, and there has to be a lock policy for any posts about them outside of those threads. That does mean a lot more moderator involvement here, which is time consuming, but besides sheer brute force of people posting over those threads I don't see any way that this forum is going to ever be more than "join my guild, free bite plz".
That also means threads for established guilds would have to go, or at least have their freedoms tightened. I can feel the contempt right now, but because of the way Xbox.com does things there's one board per game usually. That means it's either one way or the other here. We don't get to enjoy the luxury of having sub forums for recruitment, trading, etc. There's going to be more than one guild that's sizable enough to warrant a thread, yes, but there's also only so many spaces on the front page of the forum and I think having nearly all of them filled by guild threads is a little ridiculous.
So again, I have no idea if there's even a desire for something outside of guild and support threads here. It appeals to me, but this website has changed a lot over the years and people have come and gone. I'm just opening this thread with my view of things so that if there is a recurring group of posters here it can be opened up for discussion. I run back and forth between the Xone and PS4 versions of the game, so maybe I'll see you in Tamriel.