We’d like to inform you today about some changes to the “Top Contributor” and “Lead Top Contributor” roles, as well as the addition of a Post Approval team, on the Developer Forum.
Top Contributor changes
For the past year and a bit, there was an invite-only Top Contributor program that was intended for top developers on the platform and other awesome community contributors. This group was initially deployed as a help desk for less experienced developers on the forum and for reviewing New Member to Member nominations. After a few months of launching this program, we found that this was not an efficient way to handle these processes and that the program caused too much noise for the developers in the program, and so the purpose of the program was gradually reduced and was only maintained very passively as a communication channel after that point.
Today, we are refreshing the meaning of Top Contributor and turning it from a program into a forum title with a defined purpose. We have now automated the Top Contributor program to be based on actual contribution criteria on the forum, rather than it being an invite-only program. We use strict criteria, along with manual review of the automated selection, to ensure that our selected Top Contributors are developers who often seek to assist their peers and contribute positively to the forum and the Roblox community as a whole.
The Top Contributor badge, title, and flair on the Developer Forum now signify that a particular developer frequently makes positive contributions to discussions. The Top Contributor group serves to acknowledge and reward their dedication to high-quality discussion.
As a result of the above changes, Top Contributor is no longer responsible for forum nominations or providing feedback to New Members. It is simply a forum title reinforcing the fact that these are some of the best contributors in our community, without any additional responsibilities over regular Members.
Lead Top Contributor is now Community Sage
Additionally, the role that was previously known as “Lead Top Contributor” will now be known as “Community Sage” (@Community_Sage). This small, hand-picked group of users works hand-in-hand with the Developer Engagement Team to ensure that the forum maintains its integrity as we seek to accommodate higher numbers of developers.
The reason for the rename is that “Lead Top Contributor” was deemed to be somewhat obscure related to their actual position on the forum. Community Sage brings the name closer to the meaning of the role: veteran community members that have a high understanding of how the forum works. Aside from the rename, there are no changes to the responsibilities and permissions of Community Sages.
Post Approval team
Lastly, as you may be already aware, the post approval procedure (through which New Members can file posts in categories they do not have posting access for) has been changed slightly. This is now no longer managed only by the Community Sages, but by everyone in the @Post_Approval group. The Community Post Approval team now supports the Community Sages during post approval to make sure that users continue to have a great and swift experience getting their posts approved as the forum grows.
We look forward to seeing how these changes help to shape the DevForum and highlight quality contributions.