Whenever the suggestion of a merger is brought up, the differences in formatting and quality are always brought up; while formatting is an issue with longer comedies, I'm sure something could be worked out for those specific topics. The pseudo-script style has been used for both epics and short stories in the past (at least before the 2011 update; I don't know about after), so that should pose no issue either.
As for quality differences, I see none. There are good comedies and bad comedies, just as there are good epics, bad epics, good short stories, and bad short stories.
Those are my thoughts; in the Comedy Discussion and Planning Topic, some other very valid points have been brought up, and I'll link the posts here:
Toa of Winds
So what are everyone's thoughts on the matter?
Since 12+ years have passed since then, everything's changed. It's been a long time since the separation has been necessary, but it's honestly stayed the same for the sake of convention (and I never really gave it any thought, either.) I think some people are under the impression that it keeps "lesser" or "silly" stories out of "~serious~" spaces, which is a ridiculously haughty notion. Like you said, there's "good" and "bad" in all three forums. I've seen a lot of forums that either lump all story types together, or bigger forums that single out certain genres (specifically comedies and romance.)
So there's some extra information to start with.
Edited by Hahli Husky, Apr 06 2014 - 08:38 PM.
That way, the whole section gets an activity boost.
If you're worried about the areas being incompatible, we could archive the sections and create a new Stories section, with stories that are still active being moved/copied into this new section and continuing from there.
Edited by Hahli Husky, Apr 10 2014 - 10:45 PM.
If you've ever read my comedies, you should know that I have a bad habit of making "epicomedies".
The culture of Comedies might still be a bit too different from Epics and Short Stories for a merger to be viable.
The three forums really aren't all that different. They're all stories written by users. So why not merge all three into one and just use hashtags to state the genre (epic, short story, comedy or other)?
I'd personally be for keeping the two Epics/Short Stories forums (with long/short comedies included in that, respectively), though, just because it's nice to have a separation between long and short stories, I think.
Edited by Velox, Apr 30 2014 - 12:10 AM.
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