We all know the off-topics posts that have been surfacing the DevForum, predominantly in #development-discussion. I know that a multitude of feature requests have been created to counter these types of posts, however, I have yet to see one that references my issue.
Many of these topics (I’ll call them “meme” topics) are not flagged in a reasonable amount of time due to the massive amount of users replying to them. From what I have seen on the forum, topics with several dozen replies are put further back in the moderation queue compared to topics with a small number replies. The issue is that many users think that a meme topic is a place where they can post whatever they want, including memes, character bypasses, and more. However, many users are unaware that posting in a meme topic just bumps it up and has no contribution to the forum.
Most of the meme topics we have seen in the past two months could have easily been prevented if users didn’t encourage or praise them and just let them be flagged and taken care of by the moderators.
I am not going to use real examples (you should easily be able to find some on your own), but my made-up examples are similar to the real ones that are created on meme topics.
Let’s say we have the following topic in #development-discussion:
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Hello, my name is Bob what are your favorite pizza toppings?
As you can see, this has absolutely nothing to do with development at all. Now, people are starting to reply and UserA says:
I like pepperoni and olives on my pizza!
The only thing this reply does is that it encourages the topic and bumps it up in the category. Even though this user might have been new and didn’t know about which topics are appropriate or not, they should still get a feedback message just to make sure the user doesn’t make the same mistake again.
However, UserB sees the topic and is ready to answer the question, even though it is obviously off-topic.
UserB replies to UserA and says
Gotta have those olives
This type of reply is inappropriate in any topic; if you need to make a reply like this, please bring it into a DM because it doesn’t contribute to the topic at all and it just clutters it.
Since UserB is also encouraging the meme topic and is additionally bumping it up the category so even more users, they should also receive a feedback message so the user doesn’t continue to make these kind of replies.
Since the new topic is at the top of #development-discussion, UserC bumps into it while browsing the DevForum. UserC then gets disappointed about the deteriorating quality of the forum in general and replies:
DevForum surprises me more and more every single day
These type of replies might not explicitly encourage the topic, but they still clutter it, it’s non-contributive, it adds another reply, and it bumps it back to the top of the category.
Since three replies have already been created in a short amount of time, users flood into the topic and reply to it with similar responses from users A, B, and C. By the time the topic got taken down after five hours, it received 80 replies and countless likes.
Under my feature request, all the users I mentioned, users A and B especially, should receive feedback messages because they encouraged the topic in some way, and the person who posted the topic might want to create another off-topic post just to see the reaction.
What you should do if you see a meme or troll topic:
Please flag it if it’s not already flagged. I ask for you to avoid replying to it and do not like the topic. One of the reasons people make meme topics is to get likes from people thinking the topic is “funny” when it really just creates clutter.
Users who reply to meme topics with non-contributive responses, memes, or any reply that encourages or praises the topic should receive a feedback message to prevent any future troll topics from “exploding” or being praised.
If Roblox is able to address this issue, it would improve my experience using the forum because I will be able to see useful topics and discussions I prefer to view instead of topics made for off-topic and immature discussions, and it will make the forum better overall.