My understanding is that the idea section of this forum has some very specific guidelines and my experience suggests they are being ignored by a large number of posters. Unfortunately I cannot locate those guidelines despite searching. If someone has a link that would be very helpful.
To be useful and effective the idea section needs to be treated differently than the rest of the forum, something that list of guidelines reflects.
I have two ideas for remedying this problem:
1: Put those guidelines up as a sticky in that section. and/or…
2: Make inividual posting access to that section restricted in some way or ways. For example:
a) Anyone can post until they have demonstrated they cannot or will not obey the guidelines, at which point, their ability to post there is blocked.
b) To post there requires a request be filed with moderators who will evaluate the poster’s postings going back some weeks or months before approval is granted. This will allow posters to have second chances to learn to be constructive.
c) A hybrid system where if someone’s posting access is removed as in point “a” above it can be reinstated with a system similar to point “b” above where the poster can request to be readmitted after a time period and moderator evaluation of recent posts.
There is no other place on this forum I would rather read or post, but if things remain as they are, with even the idea section being rather “wild west” with vapid accusations of salt just for posting an idea, I cannot see myself being bothered much further.
And honestly, even if my own behavior is deemed unworthy of posting privileges there, I could live with it just to be able to go there and read about ideas from thoughtful people working together to create, and improve, ideas for EVE Online.
Also, in the end, I believe this will eliminate some work moderators have to do on the forum.
Thank you. Constructive comment is invited.