Yeah, thats way more complicated than it needs to be. I remember when it was just "send a picture of your receipt to X mod".... Then tell them if you want into the Empire or Horde secret forums. Or hell, to make it easier just make New Empire forums. Thats the TechPB side anyway...
Yeah I remember the two map system two years ago. I think I ended up using the one you made because it was clear and the other one was kind a throw together that someone did on another forum, but because the general saw it first it became the official map.
The forum issue is where I do get lost though. 2 years ago it appeared to work fine, but I don't know all the behind the scene's stuff that went on. I can't imagine it would be easy. Especially because as you said, they didn't ask to specify which forum your user name is for. I have a feeling I'm one of the few who's name is always the same on here, Nation, and AO. It would be nice to have the forums, but I agree the hassle to make it work might not be worth the payout especially since it seamed to be, as you pretty accurately described a, "secret weapon" preview system.
Maybe slink or Sean Scott could shed some more light on the situation. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. Understandable. I know both are extremely busy people so maybe just a "We're still working on it," or a "Not gonna happen."
I do want to point out that I'm not saying the secret forum won't happen but, rather reasons for delay or why it may not actually happen. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of all those involved.
In either case, I'm thinking that small group coordination can be handled via the messaging function given the thread like interface and the ability to embed links and graphics. Folks would just have to agree on the means of verification (i.e. maybe the receipt function).
I've been on the fence about whether or not I want to put up a 'hiring'/'wanted' thread up to find myself a spotter. If I wanted to put together a theoretical five-man (including myself), 'heavy weapons' squad I would create a post with something like the following:
Topic: Recruiting for Heavy Weapons Squad
Wanted: four individuals that want to lay down serious amounts of paint
Necessary Skills (radio usage, map reading, etc)
Necessary Equipment (If they need to bring specific equipment like rocket launchers, radios, pinokkio hoppe)
Providing: anything you will be providing, (i.e. radios, waterproof maps, Cooler, etc)
Once you've got the volunteers, work on verification then, start up a message thread.