It sure has been awhile since I’ve been on here. At first this seems off topic, so please don’t flag it. And if I get banned- so be it. This is my opinion, and I should be able to express it without having IF fanboys jump on me because my opinion is “wrong”.
I’m a computer nerd. I know some languages, and I’ve built a few PCs. I discovered a forum called Tom’s Hardware Forum, and it’s basically a place for people to ask questions, talk, and help with troubleshooting their electronics. I’ve been apart of this forum for a few months now, and I really like it. I thought about the IFC, and how this was similar, and I thought I’d express some issues I see with it, some things that Tom’s Hardware does well, and some things the IFC doesn’t. And some things that in my opinion should be changed.
After being on THF (toms Hardware forums) I noticed some things that struck me as different.
As an American, I traveled to Mexico a few summers back. There was a large cliff, and it was weird to see it unprotected. No fencing, no barriers. It was like the Mexican government trusted people not to be stupid.
That’s what it was like being on THF. You could talk about and ask anything without being talked to for your topic being a “duplicate”, or to not have a high enough ‘trust level’.
If you have the same question as someone else, the mods don’t jump on your for not viewing the duplicate topic, and the topic isn’t immediately shut down. In fact, having multiple topics of the same issue can widen the search engine’s results, providing more suggestions. If you get something wrong, mods educate you personally and help with questions. People (especially the mods) tend to be friendlier. Idk if this is an avgeek thing, but I see a lot of comments about how users complain and make fun of friends for saying “the 737 is a jumbo jet” and other things. They shouldn’t be made fun of, they simply don’t know, and should be taught and not made fun of.
On THF the mods are relaxed. The only things they correct are simple:
- if a user makes two posts about the same thing (I.e, my two posts saying “my computer won’t start” referring to the same issue)
That’s it. On the IFC there’s a lot of things the mods correct for.
- posting for a topic without a high enough trust level
- making the same topic as someone else
- not checking the “tutorials”
- posting in the wrong category
I simply think that the IFC is too strict. Its almost like you’re not supposed to talk about aviation.
Some things in my opinion that the IFC could do differently
- eliminate trust levels
They restrict users from talking about what they want. I don’t think a user should have to work for months just to post In #real-world-aviation.
- mods should be less strict
Imo I think it makes the community less friendly feeling, almost as if there’s a narrow path a user must follow when using the forum.
- eliminate categories and required trust levels, and add tags.
THF doesn’t really have categories, but instead tags that users can search by.
Please don’t jump on me, these are just things that I think.