As a Roblox developer, it is currently too hard to fully realize the potential of our community’s collaboration and communication on the current Developer Forum. While the forum has evolved over the years, transitioning from “RBXDev” to “DevForum” and now simply Developer Forum, it has consistently relied on third-party solutions such as Kunena and, most recently, Discourse Meta for its functionality.
The use of Discourse Meta does bring some benefits, offering tools for moderation and remote management by Roblox employees. However, there are inherent limitations, particularly when it comes to addressing critical issues within the “Forum Features” and “Forum Bugs” categories. In these areas, it’s evident that the majority of responses come from the employee Hooksmith.
Let me clarify that I have immense respect for Hooksmith, who is one of my idols at Roblox. However, it is quite disheartening when, despite their best efforts, user suggestions often face obstacles, be it due to complexity or a lack of immediate resources, mainly because of the forum’s reliance on Discourse Meta. A few examples of such discussions can be seen below:
Given this situation, it becomes increasingly challenging for Roblox developers to see their suggestions come to fruition, as they lack the necessary control and tools to enact meaningful changes.
To address this issue effectively, I strongly believe that Roblox Corp should take the initiative to create and maintain its independent website for the Developer Forum. This platform should empower our engineers to exercise greater control over the forum’s features and functionalities, allowing them to tailor the user interface and user experience to our specific needs. This approach is in line with the exciting developments showcased at RDC’23, where Roblox offered a sneak peek into the enhanced interfaces and user experiences for the Roblox Studio application.
If Roblox can address this issue by developing its own dedicated Developer Forum website, it would significantly improve my development experience. It would foster a more dynamic and responsive environment where developers can actively shape the tools and resources available to them. This, in turn, would lead to more productive collaboration, faster issue resolution, and an overall enhanced development experience for all Roblox creators.
It’s important to note that everyone is free to agree or disagree with this proposal, and I respect all opinions. Open dialogue and diverse perspectives are essential in shaping the future of our developer community.