The stickies in the existing FFXIV class forums we're all outdated, and have been de-stickied for now. This means there is now an oppertunity to get threads stickied in those particular forums. Usually, we limit active stickies to 3 per forum section, and they are generally created on the basis of "first come, first serve" for good guide stickies, and then updated and supplanted based on people writing new stickies and combination stickies. We don't want too many of them in a given spot, because they force new threads off the screen at lower resolutions. So, if you have any particular desire to see your name semi-permenantly across the top of one of the Disciples of X forums, now is the time to start crafting your epic "how to" guide. Details on how that all works are below:
So you want a sticky for your corner of the forum. What now?
Sticky requests should be posted in the main site feedback forum (Forum=3).
First, check your forum and see how many existing sticky threads you have. If it is more than 2 existing stickies, your chances of getting a sticky are significantly decreased. The maximum number of stickied threads is 3. Any more than 3 and new threads are off the page in 800 x 600 resolution.
If there are three stickies already, and you just have to have An_uber_thread_04 stickied, compile some of them, or add your thread to the existing ones. To compile two stickies, take the relevant sticky info from two stickied threads, put it together in a new post, and include the links to the original threads, and credit to the original posters. Then post the link here for review and sticking and de-stickying of the originals. Compilation threads will almost always be stickied, no questions asked. be sure to let us know it is a compilation though. A compilation sticky may directly copy content from existing stickies and not be considered plagerism in any way. If you create a compilation sticky please includes links to the origional stickies and give credit to the previous authors somewhere on your compilation sticky.
If the sticky is for one of the main forums (EQ, WOW, EQ2, FFXI, etc.) the standards are generally more stringent.
O.k., I've jumped through your hoops now and done all that sillyness, and my sticky is submitted here as a sticky request. What happens now?
First, We take a look at the thread. Is it well written and formatted? Or if not well formatted does it contain enough information to make stickying it worthwhile? How many people have rated it positive? Negative?
Next, we look at who submitted it. Self submitted sticky requests are usually not stickied. it's more of a nomination system. There are some exceptions, but they are rare.
Finally, we look at the forum. are there existing stickies? If not, then the sticky is pretty much automatic. the more stickies there are, the more scrutiny the thread gets before sticky.
There is no limit on how many stickies a particular person can have. If someone is really good at writing stickies and no one else wants the job, it is not unusual to see more than one sticky by a person. Sticky quality > posting name.
Abandoned stickies: If a sticky is signifiantly out of date, or is maintained by someone who has difinitvly left the site, the sticky is considered abandoned and may be replaced. The newer sticky must contain significant content upgrades (formatting alone is insufficient), and must link to the old sticky for historical purposes. An attempt must be made to contact the old sticky author via PM prior to a replacement sticky being swapped. The rest of the sticky rules still apply, including the clause on self nomination.