How to Effectively Promote Your Multiplayer Thread
So, you're looking for advice about how to format your multiplayer thread? Or perhaps you'd like to optimize your existing thread to garner more views? In this guide we will cover the very basics of creating a clear and well presented multiplayer thread.
The aim of a multiplayer thread is to entice players to join your game, or help with your projects. To do this, we have to start from the very beginning:
Your thread title is important
The title of your thread is incredibly important in attracting people to your topic. Here are a list of ways to clearly format your titles:
Always create a clear, to the point title
Threads which do not have a clear title often look messy and unprofessional.
Include key details about your game or project in the title, using [prefixes]
Are you playing Survival? if so, put [Survival] in the title. Maybe you have specific type of Survival server. Maybe you have factions. in this case add [Factions] to the title. Perhaps your game is geared towards PVP? Add [PVP] to the topic title. If you often run building contests, add [Contests] to the title. If you are looking for friends, staff or need help building something? We have [Friends], [Staff] and [Builder(s)] prefixes also.
To Add Prefixes to a New Thread
To add Prefixes to an already created thread.
Titles which clearly display your game name, or purpose for your thread.
[Survival] [Factions] [PVP] Kingdom Quest
[Builder(s)] [Staff] Minigames
[Friends] [Help] New to Minecraft
Titles which are unclear, messy and non-descriptive.
WE NEED ONE MORE!
ATTENTION: More players needed!
Now for your threads contents...
The contents of your thread should be inviting, clear and descriptive
The layout and look of your thread is equally as important as your thread titles. Let's list a few things which will help your multiplayer thread stand out and shine:
Having either a banner, logo or some form of image at the top of your thread is a big plus. This will be the first thing potential members see and are drawn towards. Images and videos elsewhere in the thread will help a lot too.
Introduce your game or request
A short (or long if you prefer) introduction is important to explain exactly what your game or request is all about. If you're focused on PVP and fighting stuff, make this clear in your opening text. If you're more geared towards co-operative building, add this within your introduction. If you need help, let people know exactly what you need help with.
List your game's features
Do you have a list of jobs that your game has? If so, this would be a good time to list them. Similarly, if you have a list of member ranks, put them beneath your intro.
Being clear about your rules is incredibly important. Display them somewhere in your thread, or you may find people just do what they want.
Provide an application form
The best way to invite players into your game is to provide them with a list of questions to answer. This helps them know you're serious and helps you know who may soon be a part of your game.
Application form example:
Why you want to join:
How you'd contribute:
Keep the text formatting simple and clean
Format your threads nicely, but don't overuse bold, underline, excessively large fonts or a crazy amount of colours. Threads which over use text formatting can look messy and amateur.
That's it for now. If you have any questions or suggestions about formatting multiplayer threads, feel free to add them as a reply to this thread.
Do you have any additional suggestions for getting more views? I used a lot of the suggestions here already, but feel like more can be done to get a more optimal amount of views. I'm not sure, though.
Being able to point out what makes your game unique compared to everyone else's will help. There are a lot of hunger games, survival, creative, factions, and mini games being hosted by a lot of different people. Put yourself in your potential friend's shoes. What would make them choose your game over another random member's game?
The forums also has people from all over the world looking. If you post your topic when not a lot of people are generally on the forum, your topic will more than likely be buried in the next few hours.
Not all colors require you to know the code, for example:
[color=red]Text to have Color.[/color]
Will look like this:
Text to have Color.
You could also highlight the text you want and use the colors we have in our editor, though, if you don't see a color you like, you would need to use the codes/names as mentioned in the two examples above.
For example (at this point I will select the a color from our limited selection)[blue]:
This will turn into this (I selected the shade of Blue on the second row):
Text to have Color.
For reasons I don't understand at the moment, to remove color, you can select the Clear formatting button to reset the color back to normal. Be careful though, this will remove any changes to the text you have done to the text.
The Clear formatting button is this one:
If you have any more questions, I am more then happy to help.
How do you take screenshots of minecraft on the XBOX 360 and share them on this website?
You can press start on your controller. At the bottom of the screen it will say (Y) Press to Share to Facebook. Do that, sign into your facebook account and it will upload an image there. You can save it and upload it to another image hosting website like imgur if you do not wish to link to your facebook page here, or simply use the Upload an Image below the forum's text box to add it to the bottom of your post.