Due to the low threshold and as more and more users join the forum it has become evident to me that the quality of posts being made are sub-par. While I’m no here to debate about thresholds and such mainly since its been addressed a million times before and buildthomas will defenestrate me, instead I want to talk about how we can address the low quality of posts and help new members to this forum create better posts (I am not referring to people with ‘member’ title, just people generally who joined the forum a few days ago).
Firstly I would like to suggest a standard flagging option for ‘It’s low quality’ on this menu in addition to an official rule against low quality posts since it only leads to spam replies and general negative behaviour, I think we can all say the temptation to react when someone creates a useless post and complains about low quality help can be overwhelming.
I don’t feel that this is a problem that should only be reduced by brute force however, I feel for topics there should be a 200 character requirement to prevent generally brief topics with a ban on a ‘200 CHARS, 200 CHARS 200 CHARS etc.’, I also feel there should be a tutorial for creating a full higher quality post, since currently the tutorial only addresses features of posts, this tutorial should be given within the feedback message. I also feel it should be made compulsory for users to complete the standard tutorial before gaining access to the forum.
These are all simple changed that can hopefully give users constructive feedback and help when structuring and creating posts and it should hopefully have secondary affect including the reduction of spam replies complaining about lack of information in topics.