Ever since Discourse accidentally introduced flairs to the DevForum, it’s been slightly more difficult to use the forum for me.
At first, it was widely popularized by ex-Sages that the flairs were a temporary bug and that those will be removed. A few hours earlier, InceptionTime officially said that those will be to stay, as mentioned here:
I am a neurodiverse person with a attention span of a puppy and personally, flairs have been very distracting for me. Colorful circles naturally draw attention to themselves more than dull colors and even when trying to focus on reading, my eyes just instinctively shift to the flair. I know some other people who also have this issue. This in a way stops people from joining actual meaningful conversations as flairs distract from the text.
Another thing that I have encountered since, was people claiming that they’re “prized developers” because they have flairs.
I have been hiring outside of the devforum recently for something very small and some of the applicants were devforum members. Their reasoning for hiring them was “I am the best developer you could find because I have a DevForum builder flair!”. I won’t be showing the messages as I don’t want to accidentally bring those people out of the woodwork, but there are people who see the flair as an affirmation for being “elite” at something they do.
If Roblox either removed or made it possible to hide all flairs from being seen, this would make my experience on the DevForum better. It would make people less incline to try and throw their “weight” around and claim to be amazing developers because of a feature accessible to everyone. It would also make the DevForum more accessible to users who have issues with their focus.