The forum is producing a lot of spam right now

That’s not fair for users who are trying to learn, why would you lock their ability to join if they want to learn to code, build, animate, etc. In order for all of this to end, #development-discussion needs to lock members from creating topics, but they can reply to posts. Also, DET needs to be harsher in their feedback. I understand, most of the users who are here may still be a kid, but if DET doesn’t get the point about you breaking the rules, there will have no effect.

To add to this, why doesn’t DET look into editing the welcome message: https://meta.discourse.org/t/where-can-i-edit-discobot-welcome-post-text/99291 If they do that and spell out how to make contributions to post, surely that’ll help reduce this issue.

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The biggest issue of Development Discussion is that people actually respond to topics which don’t belong in there. On this way, people get answers to their questions and won’t care about the feedback messages.
If a topic is placed in Development Discussion while it doesn’t belong in there, flag it and leave it alone. Do not respond!

Have you ever spectated what was happening? #development-discussion is getting clogged with spam topics. You might disagree with this temp. closure idea if it hasn’t affected you, but it has affected lots of people.

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That’s actually a great idea ngl

Letting Regulars+ create the topics while Members can continue to make replies in Discussion is something that’ll work.

And it’s still fair to Members in a way since they’re not completely blocked off from an entire category.

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Let’s do make it happen. Things like this become the norm on the Development Discussion forum:
https://devforum.roblox.com/t/roblox-studio-crashing-every-second/898311?u=im_mees

What currently strikes me is how lenient and unserious one user is when it comes to reading through the posts. The major issue is they are frequently skimming over the topics rather than genuinely reading deeply into the context.

For Regulars, survey show that 52% answers of how they read the topics were fast skimming rather than ‘normal’ reading:
https://devforum.roblox.com/t/how-fast-do-you-read-through-the-devforum-topics/122914?u=operatik

Common symptoms of the forum, as of the time of writing now:

  • Miscategorized topics – if you are posting a unfinished/finished product with the former being no specific technical help, use #help-and-feedback:cool-creations and not any other subcategory of #help-and-feedback.
  • Misconception of #development-discussion – it should always mention anything about development, the arts, the technicalities and any development-oriented topics including about developers. The problem is that people fail to read the pinned topics, before posting.
    • Feature suggestions – Should never be here, if the user is suggesting a feature. I’m not certain if development-specific features are allowed. If it’s explicitly made to suggest a feature, then it’s not allowed due to rules.
  • Bug report in wrong category – Very common. People having a “major” issue with something around the platform usually try to post a bug report. Some are unknowingly bumping into the bug, while others are more genuine about their intention of getting the post moved. We do not move posts into #platform-feedback from any other category.
  • Explicit content – This occurrence is rare, but it does happen. The poster is usually unaware of what it means to post something that could strike controversies or anything that is in the rules
  • Spam replies – I’m surprised to find the ‘like’ feature of the forum ignored less frequently compared to last time. Yes, it is still happening and the users are also unaware of this.

Please advise contact anyone experienced with the forum if you’re not certain about which category to post on.


Further reading and explanation of moving categories:

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Did you even see my other reply? Everything that you need to learn is already viewable in the first place, there are very few things within the devforum that you can’t see, people who aren’t even in the devforum can view all of these posts, apart from certain categories that are locked to regulars.

I think we really need some method of quality control for Discussion. It hasnt been a useful category in a very long time, and I think this can be attributed to everyone using it as their personal blog

More in depth discussion should be the goal, instead of 30 people offering their nearly identical opinion and hardly contributing to much of a discussion

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What if they have a question that isn’t answered? Why would you take that away from them?

So basically applications? They were removed for a reason. It didn’t scale.

People mainly make posts in the #development-discussion to get likes and to boost their stats.

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What good is that? It’s not as if the likes make them go up to regular.

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Unfortunately some people think statistics help them get to regular. This can be observed in some topics where members show off their stats demanding regular because they “exceed” the “requirements”, although, they aren’t actually that high.

Devrel should make more efforts in deprioritizing stats, and prioritizing relevant discussion.

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I can vouch for this, I’ve seen many regulars who don’t even have high stats but they are a regular

That was known as Post Approval, It does not exist now.

People keep misusing Development Discussion. DET, do something! I can’t use the Developer Forum as resource because of stuff like this which creates a big clutter and caused lots of frustration.

Also, disable the ability to mark replies in Development Discussion as solution. Seriously, in a discussion there isn’t something as a “solution”.

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Easier said than done. Since this forum is based from Discourse, it is difficult to implement that change which seems to be ‘stuck’ to the internal details of the platform…

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It’s spelled ‘Temporarily’, also everybody has already featured that solution…

https://devforum.roblox.com/t/close-down-discussion-for-members/715314/1

They even prescribed some other solutions to preserve #development-discussion, from getting trashed.

https://devforum.roblox.com/t/ban-poll-only-posts-in-development-discussion/784380

Though, honestly, I also agree that it should be closed, due to the fact that Members are beginning to use it as some sort of category to discuss whatever topic they desire, that’s not even development related, like for instance, I always see posts that are related to reporting another user, bug reports(which should be reported in #platform-feedback though currently #platform-feedback is closed for TL1 users, but they shouldn’t use #development-discussion as some sort of category to post bug reports), or even spam topics as you’ve stated in your post.

As of now, since TL1 users are given access to #development-discussion, I could only advise we flag irrelevant posts there, and maybe we should be a bit more understanding that some Members still tend to trash that category.

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Hey, thanks for the call out, sorry that I want my own research on things like this but you don’t have to blatantly say it in another post… Unfortunately for you I’m not blind.

Either way my take on it is that something should be done to reduce the amount of people who use the wrong category, but the fact that people literally are intending that the same people are doing it on purpose and calling it a raid is just childish, instead the people who call them out are shaming them for not understanding something, and decide to comment on it (yeah there is a flag for a reason). I entirely understand that people are upset about it being flooded with these kinds of posts, and I really am to, but here’s my disagreement:
No I don’t think it should be closed, I don’t think it should become regular+ though it should be reinforced.
I agree about the trash positng, but no much is gonna make me change my opinion on the whole “regular+” thing.

Keep in mind though, once you close of the development discussion, it’ll all scatter out, then people will complain at Roblox and get upset, and then what? They’d probably just close out the Forum.
There are a lot of possible consequences that you’re not thinking about before just “REMOVE THE DISCUSSION CATEGORY!!1!”.

Like @stickymirro511 said, I’ll agree when the regular rank is open.

Think about it…

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It’s still proper they close out #development-discussion, most likely the people you mentioned that will get upset, is most likely the users who tend to trash #development-discussion with low-quality posts. There are a lot of more people who’s willing to close down #development-discussion, for the forum’s own good, as it became a dumping ground for irrelevant posting.

Let’s be honest, it’s more better #development-discussion, and people could just reply, it’s better recommend that TL2 users be trusted with the ability to post topics in #development-discussion, because in full honesty, I’ve seen much more better topics from Regulars than Members.

Haven’t you read the topic that proposed #development-discussion to be closed down,

https://devforum.roblox.com/t/close-down-discussion-for-members/715314/1

They honestly, have more proper reasons than reasons why #development-discussion should not be closed down.

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