As a Roblox developer and user of the Developer Forum, it is currently too hard to find good quality topics, especially in DD. Many people ask the most basic/frequently asked questions over there and it’s starting to become increasingly more annoying. Some examples include “Sponsors vs. Ads”, “I got warned for x”, “I got scammed”, and low-effort topics written in one sentence, i.e. “What’s your best creation?”.
The categories are slowly starting to lose purpose because of this. You can’t find good discussions to participate in. This isn’t just annoying for us though. People who create such topics become confused and/or frustrated because they either get broad answers or their topics go unanswered completely.
Here are some things I think could make a difference:
Stricter requirements to post
Stricter/more specific requirements to post – increased character or even a word requirement (also requested here and here). The current 3x10 (darn filter) character requirement is fine for replies, but should be increased for topics. This is a made-up rule I personally follow - topics should always have more thought put into them than replies. Not writing one sentence. But at least 3 or 4. They could also enforce the requirements listed in the templates, they need to be updated anyway. There are many more I’d like to list here but similar feature requests already exist – support them instead.
Stricter user requirements
Stricter user requirements – ok. Before you leave, this is not a rant about the removal of post approval. Read on. As we’ve all probably seen, the current automatic promotions to the member role isn’t really working. You can just spend some time using the forum and BOOM! You can now post in the majority of categories. If they allowed you to slowly unlock the different categories over time, or made some sort of system which could determine how many correct and incorrect posts you’ve made. For example, you would have access to help and feedback. You make a topic, a few people reply, and you have “points” to level up. But if you made a topic and it gets closed, your chance of getting access to more categories decreases. To keep it short, they should add another member rank, but with a few less privileges.
A more personalized intro to the forum than the current Discobot. It tells you how to bookmark posts, like them, create them, and how to flag them but it doesn’t tell you what those bad posts are. I made a reply proposing something similar, you can read it for more details (and that topic is relevant as well).
A cool down between topic creation. This is more of a spam-prevention feature, but could come in handy sometimes. Nothing directed at the individual who trashed the forum earlier today - but people sometimes “hunt” for likes and thirst for attention by creating simple topics within a small timeframe. Introducing a cool down could help with this, making sure no one creates more topics than they need to. They could include something like auto-warn or temporarily disable posting for that user for a while. If you create too many topics within ten minutes, you would have to wait to post. The topic could also be unlisted by default and only appear on top after some time. It could backfire as well, though, it would require proper implementation to work effectively.
If Roblox is able to address this issue, it would improve my experience using the forum because I would be able to find more high quality topics to browse and contribute to. Seeing the same “discussion” topics over and over again is tiring and something should be done about it.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to share your opinions below, I myself am not sure on how some of these should be implemented in order for them not to backfire easily.