Greetings and Salutations;
User Generated Content has not even been launched yet but a lot of folks are already looking forward to its debut. So with that in mind, I thought I would get a jump on things and get the ball rolling with a few suggestions. Those of us who have seen the different ways that user generated content has been implemented in other games can attest that while some of it can be down right awesome, some can be… Well not so awesome. Admittedly not everyone is going to be on the same level when it comes to creating content for their favorite game. Yet there are some things we can do as amateur content creators that can go a long way to helping not only ourselves but others as well.
Here is my suggestion, we help create a set of lose standards to help guide folks in their journey to create content for STO. These can be like what maps to draw from. STO is already loosely based on some maps previously published in other works so that would be a good place to start. Perhaps a list of good background resource material such as particular published books or even agreed upon websites like Memory Alpha. Something else that I think might help would be naming conventions for titles and files. Of course it could not be anything that might stifle creativity but something that new creators can look at to see not only where to start but a good way to get their work recognized with out it being confusing to find.
I realize this might be presumptuous and just a tad early and maybe not everyone agrees and I respect that. Hopefully we can look forward to a long and happy affair with the UGC, standards or no.