NOTE that this post has grown from just LFM Tool suggestions to Social Tools suggestions.
I did a couple of searches and did not find a "Looking For More Tool" suggestions thread after 2010. If there has been one like this recently please point me in that direction.
I had a few ideas that I thought would be good to add to the current LFM tool to both help players specify what kind of group they want to form and to help players that are new or new to the LFM tool to understand the groups that they find there.
Currently it is up to the person who creates the LFM to type most of their requirements in the Comments. This leads to the use of abbreviations and acronyms that some players might not understand. My idea is to add common abbreviations and acronyms to the LFM panel as selectable criteria for the group similar to selecting classes now. Then those abbreviations and acronyms could be given tooltips that explain what they mean. We would keep the current Comment field for more custom comments.
In addition I would like to see a "rating" added to the tool so that players could indicate the level of play they expect for their group.
I am not putting forth my ideas as some kind of expert. However I have seen a lot of issues with players joining groups that they should not be in. Of course players will still join groups that they should not be in, but hopefully something like this will help.
Since I am not an expert, I am actively looking for any corrections or additions to my ideas as long as they are constructive. If you don't feel that these suggestions would be a positive addition to the game, feel free to say so but please keep it civil.
SECTION 1- common abbreviations / acronyms with checkboxes, or as selectable icons, above the Comment field. Those that come immediately to mind are:
BYOH: (Bring Your Own Healing) Be self-suffient. If there are characters in the party that can buff or heal they may decide not to do so.
IP: In Progress. Be able to make your way to the quest and inside the quest. The group is not waiting.
Taking Time (instead of Flower Sniffing-Suggested by Ralmeth): this group is taking its time, doing all the optionals, breaking all the boxes.
No Hires (the word Hire with a red slash symbol?): Hirelings are not allowed in this group.
Zerg: this group will not be stopping to fight mobs - fight on the run if at all. Expect high Dungeon Alert and be able to keep up.
BB: this group is running a Bravery Bonus streak and will stay with the selected Quest Difficulty. Additions to this flag (suggested by EllisDee37):
*Defaults the quest difficulty to elite. (Manually changeable to hard.)
*Filters the quest list from 2 levels below my level to my level.
*Defaults the LFM level range to 2 levels below my level to my level.
*Updates the LFM level range to quest level to quest level+2 after choosing/changing quest.
Have Ears (ear symbol?): The leader will be speaking to the party over Voice Chat; party members must be able to hear Voice Chat (Suggested by FranOhmsford)
SECTION 2- add a rating system for the level of play this group will be doing. My initial ideas are:
1 - No particular requirements - all players welcome
2 - Teaching Run: this group is being formed to teach someone. Expect pauses and do not advance the quest ahead of the group.
3 - Experienced Party: this group is for those who already know the quest and know how to play. They will not be teaching the quest or holding hands.
4 - TR XP/min: this group is for those who have True Resurrected trying to get the most Experience per Minute. A high level of quest knowledge and play is required.
SECTION 3- Additional Suggestions for LFM creation:
-Next to the level range, add a checkbox to only show quests appropriate for that level range.
-Add a Search field to the quest list.
-Add toggle for single quest vs. quest chain. State of toggle changes choice list from single quests to names of quest chains, including "open" chains like Shroud flagging. LFM shows which quest in the chain the party is currently on (choosable if chain is not linear). (suggested by EllisDee37)
-Add checkbox next to Level Range: "Auto-deny if not in Range". (Suggested by FranOhmsford)
-Add an "Optionals" control to toggle between No Optionals / Some Optionals /Chest Optionals / All Optionals (Suggested by Ralmeth)
-Create an "Advanced LFM" button, similar to Advanced Search in the Forums, so people can choose between a more basic LFM creation as there is now and using all of these more advanced options.
SECTION 4- Suggestions for the list of LFMs:
-In the list of LFMs, have the Difficulty (N/H/E) show in the space with the quest name with a tooltip on the Difficulty to explain that term.
-For those searching for a LFM, add the abbreviations / acronyms and ratings so they can search for a LFM with those properties.
-Add checkbox to the LFM Search to highlight or sort LFMs if they have a person on your Friends List. (Suggested by ForumAccess)
-Add a checkbox to the LFM Search to highlight or sort LFMs if they have a Guildie.
-Add a symbol with tooltip next to the Quest Name that indicates: flagged and have quest; flagged and do no have quest; not flagged (Suggested by Zzevel)
SECTION 5- LFG Tool Suggestions:
-Add the abbreviations / acronyms and ratings to the LFG part of the tool. (Suggested by Tscheuss)
-Add a checkbox: "Send me a Tell when a LFM is in my level range and meets my criteria". (Suggested by Wanesa)
SECTION 6- Other Grouping Suggestions:
-Add to Leader abilities: control of Hirelings. (Suggested by Wanesa)
Within this new control, choose between 1. Allow Hirelings (no limitations); 2. Deny Hirelings (no one, including Leader, can summon a Hireling); 3. Approve Hirelings (upon start of Hireling summon, Leader gets a message to approve or deny)
-Add to Leader abilities: toggle that restricts any party member who is not the leader from opening the quest. Leader will receive a warning if a player who is already in the quest tries to join the LFM / if the leader sends a party invitation to a player who is currently inside a quest. (Suggested by FranOhmsford)
SECTION 7- Social Profile (Suggested by FranOhmsford):
-Each Character has a Social Biography that is viewable when the character requests to join a Party and once the character is in a Party. Bio Options with checkboxes to include:
*Classes / Levels
*Current ED / Level
*TR / #
*DDO Experience: New Player, Experienced Player, Veteran Player
-Voice Active / Not
-Each Character has a LFM Preferences file that will auto-fill a LFM created by that character. Includes all options from LFM creation.
SECTION 8- Squelch / Ignore Suggestions (Suggested by FranOhmsford):
-On a player's Ignore list, selectable options to either be unable to join a LFM where the leader is on the list (receive a warning) or receive a notice that the leader is on your list and option to "unsquelch" the leader.
-Make the Squelch list orderable by: alphabetical (character name); date squelched; etc.
-Add a reason for the Squelch (comment box)
-Give the choice to Squelch or not when reporting someone
-Add Report Option (when right clicking a name in chat) to open the In-Game Reporting Tool.
-Ability to add someone to the list without Squelching (so you can have a note about them)(Suggested by HAL)
-Ability to assign a special chat color to those on your list that aren't Squelched.(Suggested by HAL)
PLEASE - I don't want this thread to turn into an argument regarding Zerging, BYOH, etc. This is not the place for those arguments and I will ask the Moderators to delete those replies. Thank you in advance!