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Re: WolfQuest Trends

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:23 pm
by Nordue
  • Oh, my bad Alpha Female. I'll change that real quick ^^'!

Re: WolfQuest Trends

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:18 am
by BlackWarrior
Looking through some of these lost topics in GWQD and hey! This topic decided to surface.. xD

Thinking about the forums, and probably sooner than later, activity changes and such, seeing any new trends? I know I've obviously noticed the additional detail of centering posts! ^^ But with the new coding, why not? I know alot of people had been waiting on that for a while, and I personally think it's awesome. Just can't bring myself to change my old posting style.. :3

Re: WolfQuest Trends

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:54 pm
by Kipcha28
I remember some old trends!

- Back before the username-is-your-multiplayer-wolf-name change, I remember that names from the anime Wolf's Rain were quite popular to use.
- For a while, "colorbar"s were popular in signatures. I actually never got rid of mine after that trend. xD

Re: WolfQuest Trends

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:01 pm
by duskypack
I haven't been on wolfquest long enough (Joined:Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:49 pm) But i remember text wolfs and H.O.W.L. as well as the alliance

Re: WolfQuest Trends

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:29 am
by Windstrider
Kipcha28 wrote:I remember some old trends!

- Back before the username-is-your-multiplayer-wolf-name change, I remember that names from the anime Wolf's Rain were quite popular to use.
- For a while, "colorbar"s were popular in signatures. I actually never got rid of mine after that trend. xD
Sigh. I wish I was around on here long enough to experience the first one. -_-

Re: WolfQuest Trends

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:56 am
by Wonderland Summer
Oh oh me.

There seem to be a lot of more unrealistic packs, based on evolution, everyone dying, etc.

Re: WolfQuest Trends

Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:27 pm
by Nordue
In 2009, a comprehensive summative evaluation run by the Institute for Learning Innovation showed that player interest in, connection to, and knowledge about wolves increased significantly after playing WolfQuest.
  • I agree with this statement. But as the years since WolfQuest's initial release have accumulated, I have noticed that the general attitude of the community's more long-standing members (2-3+ years) has changed.

    Users still show interest in wolves, as is seen through continual community participation and wolf-themed media creation that extends beyond the confines of the WQ website. But this interest in the context of the WolfQuest Community is evolving. It is more concerned with neutralizing and even anti-glorifying wolves, rather than celebrating them, the latter being a dominant attitude closer to the conception of the WolfQuest project and forum.

    Knowledge about wolves has increased from project participation, yes, but I don't know if many users extend that knowledge quest beyond the game and forum. Which makes sense, as many users are simply not interested in further knowledge beyond a basic ecological understanding of most species, not just wolves. There is little drive to research wolves beyond the community, as basic user participation in WQ requires little to no understanding of wolf ecology or behaviour.

    There also seems to be an emerging trend concerning attitudes about wolves among these long-standing members, that can sometimes contrast those of users who are new to the community and probably unfamiliar with real wolves (as far as a WQ wolf education goes). Perhaps this shift towards a more senior community (in terms of time spent within the WQ game and forum, not necessarily age and real-life experience) means a shift in this group's perceived role in the community. Perhaps this veteran group feels they--now armed with a couple of years community experience--are responsible for guiding those users who are less senior than them, in terms of forum activities and wolf education? This perceived seniority can be both positive and negative; I won't go into details.

    That is my thoughtful observations of the forum community. What do you guys think?