Alright, I will first of all say I am just as guilty of these things and there is no reason to point blame for anyone, but I believe we should considerably re-evaluate the purpose of VEXForum as a whole.
What is the purpose of VEXForum: For students, teachers, and mentors to receive and provide help and aid using an online world-wide reaching service. This forum is meant to help robotics teams to get better and have questions answered.
Then if that is the purpose of VEXForum, then what is the purpose of the Chit-Chat/Rumor mill channel? To have productive discussions about STEM-related activities that can relate to the past, present, and future of VEX robotics or VEXForum.
What if I want to post memes or have lengthy conversations unrelated to STEM development? If I want to post memes or discuss in a manner that is similar to text messages, there are VEX-Community-based discord servers that are available and they provide the environment you’d like.
VEXForum is becoming more and more increasingly active, to a point where it is very dificult to catch up to all of the threads that pop up on the front page. And I believe the additional clutter of unproductive threads make VEXForum disorganized, and provides question as to “Is this the mature manner that is being asked of?”
How should we approach a VEXForum thread? First of all we need to read the title, and then double check the category as it may be VEX EDR or VEX IQ. After reading the post, then reply to their topic. I am guilty of this as well, but I have seen too many times where people respond expecting one category but it’s actually different.
How do we respond about old/dead threads?
If the thread is within a year old, and the question can only be asked in relevance to that season, then it really should be allowed as it’s relevant. But as soon as the thread exceeds a year of age from the last post, do not respond and let the thread stay dead.
How should we make a thread?
Before you make a thread, use the forum search bar or use the Google search engine using "question site:vexforum.com. " (ie. “how to act site:vexforum.com”). If nothing shows up, and/or you cannot find your question answered within the VRC game manual AND the RobotEvents Q&A, you are clear to make a post. Also, make sure you read the VEXForum Terms and Conditions so you are aware of the rules within the forum and the consequences if you break that rule.
How should we respond to posts already answered?
Nobody is capable of finding an answer with 100% accuracy through searching. Do not hate or have a grudge on someone if you were able to find an answer to their question from another thread and they did not, just link them to the answer and be there to answer additional questions to clarify. The only time you should tell someone to “use the search bar” is if there are so many threads made in regards to the topic.
I hope this can help us out as a whole, and make VEXForum a warm-welcoming environment for everyone.