As a Roblox developer who does groups, it can be particularly difficult to specify to some people specific groups which they must join / request - especially when you have formatted affiliates. Most recently I have begun my Star Wars project, as some of you may know in military groups you tend to have your main group, then divisions and then sub divisions which is great but then it’s difficult to give pathways from main to sub division.
What I have wanted to achieve recently is a way of accepting active players into groups which are manually approved - now I have a bot which can do this, however it still requires a player to request the group itself.
I also want to make my group as engaging as possible, whilst also being as fair on players as possible (as such I’m trying to encourage equal opportunity amongst my player base). For both younger and foreign audiences it is difficult to tell them what groups they can join and make suggestions - communities then tend to neglect this foreign audience as communications tend to be more difficult if you don’t speak English.
What I am proposing is an in game way much like the marketplace service in which players get given a prompt saying “would you like to join _____ by _______” then the relevant info such as group members - sort of like what allying affiliates looks like now. This could also then be applied to mobile users who have to physically leave games to join groups, allowing them to remain in server whilst also having the ability to actively join the group.
If Roblox is able to address this issue, it would improve my development experience because although this might seem quite small: it opens up the floor to better engagement amongst the group community whilst also making the process of joining a group much easier - large games could create a prompt saying “join the group here for x” and players can join the group with no hassle by clicking the button and then confirming through a client side Roblox provided UI (again, much like clothing). For foreign audiences, a UI is provided which can highlight the group to them without the struggles of saying “go to groups… type… click the game creators name…” or whatever the process entails. For younger people (myself included at the time) it is often found searching for groups hard when you type in “British Army” and instead get anything related to British or Army whilst also only recommending the largest groups of those on the platform. Mobile users who perhaps have made friends in game don’t have to leave and rejoin (which takes time).
I would love to hear anyone else’s suggestions or improvements to this idea.