We’ve been meeting with forum users and the Community Sages to discuss the structure of the Developer Forum. Through these meetings, we’ve gotten feedback indicating that the structure of the forum did not encourage discussion; instead, it seemed like an information dump with other categories scattered around.
We’ve taken the feedback and used it to make some structural changes to the DevForum. This includes an altered category structure and some name changes of categories and subcategories. We’re changing a few names to clarify their purposes a bit better and remove redundant naming.
Here’s a summary of the name changes:
- Development Discussion → Discussion
- Development Support → Help and Feedback
- Development Resources → Resources
- Public Collaboration → Collaboration
- Private Collaboration → Private Recruitment
- Surveys → Engineering Feedback (merge)
Here’s the new order of categories:
- Help and Feedback
a. Cool Creations (formerly a subcategory of Discussion)
- Platform Feedback
a. Forum Feedback (formerly an independent category)
b. Moderation Review Requests (formerly an independent category)
a. Private Recruitment (formerly an independent category called Collaboration, only accessible by full Members)
Categories in other languages will appear at the top, above Discussion, and are opt-in. Check out this announcement for more information on those: Changes to the International Category
These changes also include a complete audit of all of our previously-pinned topics. We’ve condensed all of that information into a single page with links to important topics: https://devforum.roblox.com/faq
We’re making the structure changes to better accommodate discussion on our forum and ensure that it’s as easy as possible to browse topics that interest you.
You may be wondering how our prioritization for these category changes worked - the answer is that we put the categories that developers are likely to browse towards the top and categories that you’re more likely to seek out when you need them (such as Collaboration) towards the bottom.
You may also be wondering why Moderation Review Requests is now a subcategory of Platform Feedback (or what Moderation Review Requests even is). The Moderation Review Requests category was implemented when the Developer Forum was much more selective and exclusive; it was designed as a place for top developers to get priority responses from representatives of the Moderation team at Roblox in order to get situations sorted out. As we scale, though, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and we’re beginning to transition this system into a more private process separate from the Developer Forum.
We look forward to seeing how these changes encourage discussion, and we’re always looking for more feedback. Our ultimate goal is to make it as simple as possible to find topics and conversations that interest you.
Let us know what you think of the changes in this thread!