Hello forum users,
I am not the oldest or wisest forum user. But I visit regularly, and am concerned with the low quality and usefulness of many forum posts that have been made recently.
The VEX Forum has been a great place to go and get help, and it still is. However, I feel like it has become much more spammy and less useful over the past few months. I have a few suggestions that I would like to give on this topic. These are mostly going to be directed at new users, but please understand I am not trying to call anyone out. It’s okay, we all love to find a new community where we belong, and it’s great when that happens. Without further ado, here are my advice/pleas:
Please limit chit-chat to PMs and Discord.
This is a Forum to discuss VEX Robotics, not a chat service. PMs exist for a reason, to have quick, smaller chats that do not disturb the rest of the forum. So does discord. Many region-specific discord servers exist, as well as a larger Vex Teams of the World one (although I’m not sure that that is still what it is named). People can give you the links to these. Please Use them. They really help with limiting the amount of spammy chit chat that occurs on the forums. There has been a lot of this occurring recently, and it’s getting really annoying. I don’t want to have to scroll through 50 posts in Dankest Vex Memes or Cursed Images to see a funny meme that relates to vex or and actual cursed image. And this really shouldn’t be happening outside of chit chats, but it is.
Please keep posts detailed, professional, and use good grammar and punctuation.
It’s really annoying to read through posts like this (I just wrote this up, no one actually posted this. I may have exaggerated it, but not by a whole lot.):
Hi so i have been having probles with mi lift its note lifting up and i don;t kno what to do pls help me pls pls pls i have a comp tomorrow and i dont know waht the problme is pls help me now pls is there anyone who can hlp me???
Like, seriously. Why would anyone think that this is a good idea? Using good grammar is not only a good way to get more detailed, specific help from people when they can actually understand what you are asking, it really helps people take you more seriously, and is not a bad thing to do in real life.
Limit the amount of #chit-chat-rumor-mill threads you make.
It’s really annoying to have 5 or 6 new chit chat threads that are almost identical to other ones already made. I know that they are fun, but they distract from other actually important threads where people are actively trying to get help. And before anyone brings up the " well you can just filter by topic tags" argument, I actually like my chit-chat rumor mill threads. I like reading dank vex memes and seeing cursed images, and I’m sure others do too. But I find having to go through 60 posts of spammy chit-chat annoying.
Use the Search Bar.
It exists. Use it. A lot of posts recently have been nearly identical to previous ones, and could be cut down a lot if people would use the search bar.
Please double check what you post.
It’s okay to be unsure of whether or not something is correct, and it’s okay to make mistakes and be wrong. It’s how we learn. But please, if you are not sure of something, say so. I see well intentioned people trying to help others, but give solutions that are flawed.
And others, when you see these, don’t just use a blatant “that’s wrong, it’s…” Please be kind, respectful, and professional.
Please respect and listen to those who have more experience than you. It’s pretty annoying to see someone who’s argument/opinion is flawed continually disregard, ignore, or try to antagonize someone who is quite clearly more experienced in that field. Now, I’m not saying that what you say does not matter, it does. But please listen to those who are clearly experienced in what they are saying and present their facts well.
That about covers it. Thank you for reading through this, and please take my advice here, so that we can have a more productive forum.