Sorry in advance for the long post, but after literally reading numerous back and forths about TS1 and how to make it better, I thought I would give my 2cents:
What if the developers and forum managers just had to do some reorganizing as opposed to writing new code to better the TS1 environment and in doing so, better the expert Server as well.
1st.) Create a new landing page for this forum. Doesn’t need to be super creative, a couple of pics, and 3 radio buttons:
1.) New Pilot Tutorials 2.) New ATC Tutorials 3.) Community Forum
Tailor the landing page(s) for newbies with the focus on getting their gameplay up to par so that the community continues to both grow and enjoy the simulator experience together, as this app is definitely and obviously geared towards. With a very easy to read format like this, the “check help pages” command might get a little better response in TS1 as well. The experienced forum members would only need to click maybe once or twice additionally to access the rest of the this great forum. (Small price to pay to better the community as a whole!)
2.) What if the game prompts for a “certificate number” before joining TS1 (basically like a password but could also be generic to prevent any additional workload on the developers)? The certificate number would be given at the end of the “new pilots” tutorials. The new pilots would still be able to fly whenever they want in the casual giving them the ability earn XP but subtly express the need to be trainined before joining the more serious players and ATC volunteers on TS1. While we’re at it, before having access and launching an ATC session, a “certificate number” can be requested in-game, which following the same line of thinking, would be issued after completing the tutorials on the ATC landing page.
3.) Make a separate landing page for the “basic” tutorials directed from the first landing page. This is the page that should offer the certificate number after completing the necessary trainings (one for pilots and another for ATC). Many have written great tutorials, but I suggest we promote the tutorials from Tyler and Mark with the accompanying YouTube videos attached for the new pilots and new controllers. (This also will help recruiters of ATC as they are ‘somewhat’ assured the candidate has basic knowledge before taking them on.)
No need to write or rewrite code, just make it impossibly easy for newbies to the game (and also newbies to forums) to first LEARN how to experience the full dynamics of this awesome game (simulator lol). I think it’s kinda asking a lot for brand new players to hop on this forum and start searching through the loads of different tutorials.
This would also encourage the casual and newer players to dive deeper into this simulator, thus encouraging them to spend more money on it. This to me seems to be the easiest win-win-win (developers - forum members- green pilots). One little hurdle before joining TS1 for newbies, one tiny additional step for the more experienced community memebers on accessing the forums, and really only have to create at most 3 easy to follow landing pages and whatever else it takes to require a password (I know, frowned upon word) or Training Certificates within the app.
BOOM! Problem solved 👊🏾 (In theory). Apologies in advance if this is in the wrong place!