Well, sure. The Developer Forum has it’s differences from the closed one, like it being run on Discourse instead of a custom forum engine, the fact that you need to be approved as a Member to post, the fact that the community can lock/unlist/archive/pin, or knowing if staff handled your reports/flags.
But over the past few years, there were changes to the DevForum which made it look more like the public Roblox forum.
- The invite-only process was removed to let more people post here
- Unlike 2014 or the old years (see old forum posts), today we have little to no communication to Roblox staff other than flagging posts.
- A warning/ban system was added.
Sure, as you need to be approved as a Member to post, you likely won’t find anymore scams on here like the classic Roblox forum. We can also talk to staff about warnings and bans and ask questions to the Dev Engagement Team. But other than that, unlike 2014 where staff replied to almost every post, we got absolutely no other way to contact staff. I submitted 2 messages to Exploit Reports and didn’t get responses after about 2 months, plus there’s a message to the DET which wasn’t reviewed after a month.
And now that PA is being removed, there’s going to be no kind of “filter” on content other than flags. There is absolutely no filter on bad words (neither Roblox’s nor a less strict one), so people can just post swear words and then the DET needs to deal with that.
This post doesn’t mean in any way that this forum is “bad”. I enjoy being in this community and talking about stuff I like, even though sometimes I mess up and get flagged. I enjoy suggesting new, interesting stuff in Platform Feedback. I enjoy that through the removal of applications to be a Member, we got more people to meet here.
But even though some of my Platform Feedback suggestions got more than 25 likes and I got a “Good Topic” badge for it, the staff never noticed it. In fact, there are many cool ideas that staff is missing out on. Sure, again, some of the suggestions actually made it, and I am not saying there’s not a point in posting on PF.
While there is little to no communication with staff and the removal of PA, I am still however going to stay on the forum as again, I like it on here and this is not a reason due to which I would leave.
If you were on the closed Roblox forum, surely you would notice how there was also little to no communication to staff or moderators.
Feel free to share your opinion here about this forum