Clearly communication was the only tool you needed or the game would have been unplayable. But for a game that required one to overcome so many obstacles to cooperation, it didn't give you many tools to do it easily. e.g., a linkshell billboard would have been a great tool at minimum. Most serious LSs took to making their own out of game websites with calendars and forum.
Other than the one you mention, which wasn't a big deal, there are plenty of linkshells that ran well by using free services, believe it or not, i've even been in a few that didn't use websites at all(over 20 members), what other obstacles would you say there were, and I made a list of them on another post I made, but anything other than "idiots"(heh) not paying attention was fine.
The ARR team is implementing a quick party find system which "may"(maybe ill like idk, just speculating, its a forum) take away all the fun of having to find people to party with, for me and people I played with it was fun, we did it together, we knew what to look for, who to ask, how to ask, good times to ask(which was fun, b/c again the world had its own society, individual players had events planned weeks ahead, so you had to understand their schedule).
If your talking about quest difficulty, or anything to do with design pertaining to how you did things after you've got "cooperation" then... "sigh". Edited, Jan 27th 2013 4:24pm by Ishihara
Actually lol the steps are...
Know what you want in your party depending on what job your gonna level.
Check linkshell list or friendslist first, or have someone you've told in advance you wanna level, or most of the time be invited to a party, id usually get invited to good parties by friends
find whatever else you need to close the gaps, if what you want is not available find a suitable substitue, or have patience, chit chat with party members, go kill vt's, while looking, do a small quests, soooo many things a group of four looking to xp could do, although, this is a time when people get flaky and waste their and your time by just leaving(oh the laughs I've had)... but, this rarely happens if people know you or have partied with you before, or if you give them the question of "how long do you have, you can either inform that you guys feel liking chaining for like 4-5 hours or if you were really good you could keep those replacements coming.
I'm sorry but all this made the game so much fun for me... I'm not alone on this, but if I had to be I would.
Gosh just imagine logging on looking for a party, clicking a button and joining a group automatically. A group of randoms as well. Edited, Jan 27th 2013 4:41pm by Ishihara