Starting this thread to attempt to collect ideas for Turbine to encourage grouping. With the ultimate goal of increasing the amount of LFMs available to players.
Change the +10% Flawless Victory Bonus to only affect the character who died. Does this encourage teamwork? Maybe not. Does it encourage grouping? Maybe.
Create a new grouping bonus.
The leader of the party (most likely the creator of the LFM but not always) could get a +2% experience point bonus for every other player (not hireling) in the group, up to +10% experience for a full party in a normal quest.
Every player participating in a group that is not the leader could get a +1% experience point bonus for every other player in the group, up to a +5% bonus for a normal quest.
To keep experience in line, Raids (though grouping is necessary usually) could provide a +1% bonus for every other player in the group up to +11% with no "leader" bonus.
To encourage grouping outside of guilds or semi-static or static groups there could be an experience bonus for grouping with a player you have never grouped with before or haven't grouped with recently like within 30 days or some other time period.
This sounds like it could be more difficult to code than the above "grouping bonus" and I would encourage other ideas here.
For simplicity I will also mention ideas I have already seen;
Megaserver all players are moved to one server. Anyone with a technological background, feel free to comment on this idea.
Instanced LFMs that are cross server. Turbine would likely have to implement a way to pull characters directly into a quest from wherever zone they are in and then are placed in an instance of the quest with characters from other servers. This would have economic implications too, allowing items that can be traded to pass between servers. Other challenges would be cross server access to the shard auction house as that can be brought up from the DDO ampersand. (Maybe not in quests? Never tried it.)
I'm not interested in only discussing why or if LFM postings seem to be more infrequent. This has been discussed in other threads and should only be included here when relevant to the topic.
Thanks for reading this far. I'm really interested in seeing what the community ideas about this subject are.
Sol(insert relevant suffix based on character type here)