Recently, I’ve been spending more time on the DevForum reading and replying than I have in the past few years, and something that I noticed when occasionally checking the ‘unread’ tab of the forum is that the ‘Bulletin Board’ section, an area in which developers should be indulging on their competed/updated projects, is constantly overrun by new users making completely irreverent posts, which are unable to be replied too.
A vast majority of these users are completely oblivious to the rules and standards of the DevForum, and will simpily post in the section as if it’s part of the Lounge or Scripting Support sections (examples) without even batting an eye to the Rules of the Bulletin Board. I beleive that this increase in posting is partially due to the fact that the ranking system for the DevForum was recently automated, and the reccomend way to rank up is to ‘Make appropriate posts consistently’ in the forum sections available to them.
Personally, there is no reason that this section on the forum, which already has a dedicated purpose, should be used as a cesspool for users which aspire to join the forums official ranks one day. An easy way this could be resolved would be to give these new users a dedicated section on the forum to call their own…something which would be controversial in its own right, but would solve the problem at hand, which is only going to increase as the DevForum continues to populate.
Maybe I’m just throwing rocks at a wall that nobodys looking at…let me know what you guys think about this.