The RuneScape Forums, also known as the RuneScape Official Forums or RSOF, are a part of the RuneScape website that allows players to communicate with each other. All members as well as free players with a total level of 350 or above can post on the forums.
- 1 History
- 2 Features
- 3 Usage
- 4 Specialist Forums
- 5 Criticism
- 6 Post count badges
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
- 9 External links
History[edit | edit source]
Features[edit | edit source]
- My Profile is a link to the forum profile of the active account, which holds links to the threads where the player has posted. It also offers an option to disable smileys.
- Search Users is a link to a page where Forum profiles of other forum users can be searched.
- Search Threads links to the search feature of the RuneScape forums.
- Jump to thread: Enter a Quick Find Code in the text field and press the search button to visit the relevant thread.
Usage[edit | edit source]
Overview[edit | edit source]
The RuneScape forums are large. In 2013 the total percentage of players using the forums in comparison to active accounts was 7%. This small list provide links to the commonly used forum sections:
General - For any RuneScape topic not covered by the other forums
Game Content Suggestions - Tell us what you would like to see in-game
Recent Game Updates - Discuss the latest content additions and changes to the game
Future Game Updates - Discuss suspected and known future RS content
Item Discussion - Discuss items and prices - No trading here!
Teamwork - Team up with other players for activities
Threads[edit | edit source]
Each forum section can hold up to 50 pages of threads at 20 threads per page for a total of 1000 threads. A thread can be created using the "New thread" link. After a thread is created, the author can bump one of their threads every 10 minutes, using the "Bump" link at each of their own thread.
Posts/replies[edit | edit source]
Each thread which is not locked contains a "Reply" link. Clicking on the link directs to a page, from which a new reply can be composed. Each reply can hold a maximum of 2000 characters.
Before posting a reply, it's possible to preview the text using the "Preview" button.
It's possible for a player to edit their own posts using the "Edit" link on each of their own forum posts.
Previously, quoting and formatting abilities were features that were exclusive to Jagex Moderators. As of March 2013, these features became available to all forum users.
Images[edit | edit source]
Players are able to upload images into the forums via Imgur, an image-sharing website. This feature was released on 21 July 2016.
Signatures[edit | edit source]
Players are entitled to a signature that appears on every post they make in the forums. It has a maximum of 300 characters.
Search threads[edit | edit source]
The Search feature can be used to search for a thread at the RuneScape forum through the titles.
It is possible to adjust search options at the "Advanced search options". E.g. to limit the search query to a specific forum section.
Jump to thread and Quick Find Code[edit | edit source]
Each thread is identified by a Quick Find Code (QFC), which is mentioned at the top and bottom of each thread. A QFC consists of digits, separated by a few hyphens, e.g.: 19-20-142-61773047
Almost every page at the forum contains a black textbox at the left upper corner of the page. Paste the Quick Find Code inside that box and click at the search button to visit the thread.
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The RuneScape forum is looked after by Forum and Jagex Moderators (otherwise known as FMods and JMods). They have the ability to move, lock and hide threads. They can also change the title of the thread. Jagex and Forum moderators also have the ability to give a thread the Sticky status, which pins a thread at the top of a forum board. Jagex Moderator can also change the contents of any players post, whereas Forum Moderators cannot.
Normal forum users can report accidents by pressing the 'highlight' button below a user's post in a thread and then selecting the category of the offence. For less important issues, such as a title change request, players can use the Forum Help thread.
Forum errors[edit | edit source]
Sometimes during maintenance or because the browser can't reach the server, an error message may appear saying: "The Forums are temporary unavailable. The forums should be online again in 5 to 10 minutes." This can usually be fixed by reloading or refreshing the page.
Specialist Forums[edit | edit source]
The Specialist Forums consist of several specialised, hidden forums with restricted access. They are visible only to players who have been granted access and are logged into the RuneScape website. There are several types of specialist forums:
- Clan Leader (CLF)
- High Level Forums (HLF)
- Gold Premier Forums
High Level Forums[edit | edit source]
Players who have level 99 in all skills can request access to the high level forums (HLF), in which only they can read and write. In these forums, restrictions on links and images are lifted, so that the maxed players are able to communicate freely with each other and Jagex staff.
There are maxed-player versions of the General and Off-topic forums. There used to be a section for recent updates and game feedback, but they were later removed.
In order to gain access to the high level forums, a player must post in the High Level Forums - Get Access thread in the Community Home section with their title set to "Maxed" or "The Completionist". Their post will be hidden after a Jagex Mod verifies whether the player has the required levels and grants them access to the forums. Once a player gains access to the High Level Forums, they will retain it even if they don't reach level 99 in future skills when they are released.
Clan Leader Forums[edit | edit source]
The clan leader forums (CLF) are accessible only to leaders of RuneScape clans which have at least 50 members and have existed for a minimum of six months. Two representatives per clan may be have access to the CLF at any one time.
In order to gain access to the clan leader forums, a player must post in the Clan Leader Forum Access thread in the Clan Discussion section. Their post will be hidden if a Jagex Mod verifies that the player's clan meets all of the access requirements and grants the two representatives access to the CLF. Players who leave their clan or whose clan disbands will retain their access to the CLF. However, a clan leader may request on the access thread that a new representative replace the other representative from their clan. This will result in the other representative having their access to the CLF revoked.
VIP Video Program (removed)[edit | edit source]
The VIP Video Program forum is accessible to players who livestream RuneScape through Twitch or Youtube and email their details about their channel on either platform to Jagex. It was previously known as Video Club in 2013. This section was removed on 3 December 2018.
Fansite Staff Forum (removed)[edit | edit source]
The Fansite Staff Forum was accessible only to administrators and administrator approved members of Jagex approved fansites (bronze tier and above). There was no set limit to the number of representatives that can access the Fansite Staff Forum. It was removed on 3 December 2018 along with the High Level - Feedback and VIP Video Program sub forums.
Criticism[edit | edit source]
Spam[edit | edit source]
Spam has become a constant problem in the RuneScape forums, most notably in the Suggestions and Rants forums.
Compliments forum[edit | edit source]
The Compliments forum has also been the subject of some criticism, even by members of Jagex staff. The reasons for this vary depending on the status of the user but generally focus on posters rarely producing anything helpful for Jagex or the community. Some members of Jagex have also stated the content of this forum is distasteful for the same reason. It was removed in 2008 but it returned in 2009. Since then, the same problems have in many ways resurfaced, and many players are pushing for Compliments and Rants to be removed.[source needed]
Rants forum[edit | edit source]
A thread requested for the Rants forum to be merged with the Compliments forum to create a Game Feedback forum (the reason being that both the Compliments and Rants forums were for feedback, but both were filled with spam). This was achieved when Jagex finally removed the Rants and Compliments forum in 2008 and replaced it with the Game Feedback forum.
In 2009, Mod MMG announced the re-opening of the rants forum. Upon mass amounts of spam, Jagex converted the rants forum into a sticky-only forum where people would post their issues on already existing threads. This was once again reverted and the rants forum was returned to being a forum where players could create their own threads.
On 15 August 2010, Mod Mark H made a sticky in the Rants forum to try and stop spam and/or trolling, and later Mod Chrisso replaced it with another sticky which elaborated on the rules. Even though it hasn't completely stopped spam, trolling, or flaming, players believe that it has been somewhat effective.
On 16 June 2011, it was announced that the Rants forum would be removed within three days. This led to many upset players spamming the compliments forum, ending in many forum bans and/or mutes. The community of rants joined together in game, starting in Mudskipper Point, then Varrock, then finally Draynor Village, and rioted about Jagex's action.
Post count badges[edit | edit source]
As of 30 April 2015, players can be rated with ranks and badges based on their total forum postcount. The badges can be seen from a dropdown by placing the cursor just under the player's name. The badges are cosmetic and do not unlock increased benefits or features.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The timestamps used in all forum posts follow the local time in the UK which observes Greenwich Mean Time (UTC) and British Summer Time (UTC+1), rather than UTC all year round as the game does.
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Forum status. RuneScape Forums. Jagex. "Due to some technical issues we have had to temporarily make the forums accessible to members only. We are working hard to get these issues resolved and will allow non-members access as soon as we can."Lost reference*
- ^ Code of Conduct. (Archived from the original on 24 December 2019.)
- ^ Mod Meadows. Changes to the Forums.. 9 November 2018. (Archived from the original on 24 December 2019.)