Hi everyone, there have been a couple of topics raised on general content guidelines in the forum so far too.
Any thoughts on raising the trust level required to see #random-stuff so far? I was thinking because:
most people in there seem to be members+ anyway
I'm just reflecting on when a new users's first replies are just joining in with general topics, and then making a general topic on the forum hmm and if they want to become member, they can.
there are people who come visit the forum without accounts too
This doesn't have to be a permanent change, and we're not doing anything yet. I just want to hear from you all too first, then I will raise some further points to talk about from there. (Including about values)
I think it's a pretty good idea! We should give it a try and see how it goes. This would make it easier for people less familiar with the forum as well (less random stuff that they may not understand right away). Also first like and reply.
This idea is good, I agree with you. Like ISBN said, we should try it and see how it goes
We should maybe also rename random stuff to "Other", I think. Why? For me, "Random Stuff" sounds like a category where you can put everything you want. There is a description for the category that states that you put topics that is related to coding in there, but for me "Other" sounds a little bit better. But I don't know, maybe it's just me. If the trust level for the category gets higher and it works, we probably won't need to change the name.
I think that's a good idea. New users/basics should get into the habit of posting code-related stuff before they can start going off-topic. That way they don't just come onto the forum and forget about HS.
@t1_hopscotch Maybe I misunderstood but isn't that what the lounge was supposed to be for? (You know, the category no one uses because not everyone can see their posts.)
That's how other, adult forums operate anyway. Off topic randomness is fine but has to be in a "lounge" for members only. In other categories it's not tolerated and moderated in a heavy handed fashion. Even general topics would not be allowed unless in the lounge, as they require all categorized topics to very specific. That keeps things orderly and organized.
Unless THT plans to get more mods and enforce the rules, I thinks users will circumvent any restrictions by putting off topic posts in the other categories.
That said, the randomness the new forum layout doesn't seem so intrusive (especially compared to what it used to be).
I really like this idea, and as for raising the trust level for HWC as brought up by MiNi, I agree with that as well. Maybe there's could be a filter or something of sorts on the people that visit the forum without an account, and basics too. Kinda like a few pinned topics like the #announcements category and the community guidelines. It wouldn't be like that for people logged in, and members+.
Yeah I was thinking exactly as well. This brings me to what I was going to raise afterwards.
I was thinking about repurposing and renaming random-stuff for this base:
and then everything else will need to be moved into Lounge, as that was what it was made for.
The big concern is what people expect though I wish everything could eventually moved to Lounge but I'm not sure how it will go. we can probably see that people are okay with raising it to trust level 2+ but trust level 3+ is a different matter in a lot of people's perspectives — Even though it is the point of the lounge, I imagine people being really upset Not that this is necessarily what we're doing yet, but just some thoughts in relation to your comment with the lounge's purpose.
And I was thinking about this too, about eventually repurposing it into 'Sharing Knowledge and Creativity' and making it an open category for everyone, if things were able to be separated into the lounge.
Hmm I think the intention is that Lounge will be for more trusted users so things won't get out of hand. (not sure necessarily that the trust levels are reflection of it at the moment because it was changed a little)
And I was thinking so too, hence with the idea of separating topics that are to do with learning & creativity, but not sure how it would go.
We might leave this discussion for later on though.