iFixit Meta: Posting Guidelines for Noise Reduction
In case you haven't noticed, there's been a huge uptick in activity in on Meta recently. How huge, you ask? Here's a graph of all meta posts and comments since 2012. (Disclaimer: I extrapolated data for the rest of January assuming posts will continue to come in at a constant rate. Click to zoom, I unfortunately cannot post large images on a discussion.):
With that in mind, we've been workin' hard to keep up with all of your requests, but tracking every request through to completion has become very difficult with the rate at which requests come in.
It's also become commonplace for people to post streams of consciousness rather than succinct requests. Those posts are challenging for us to handle, and take time away from other things we could be doing to make the community even more awesome. So here’s what we’d like to propose:
- Let’s limit the number of posts that demand admin attention (feature requests, spam reports, or bug reports) to one post per day. Try to keep other discussion grouped into topic-specific discussion threads.
- If there is a proper channel for reporting content (i.e. spam or offensive materials), use the official method, and that method only. The moderators will see your reports and they will vote on them. The system works! Let’s use it.
- Do not treat offensive content and spam as emergency situations. Take a deep breath. It’ll be ok! We’ll get to it. We swear.
- Do not threaten users with powers you do not have (i.e. banning).
- When posting, please use proper numbered lists, grammar, capitalization (this includes avoiding INTERNET YELLING), spelling, and punctuation. We really value that. Here's why.
This doesn't mean Meta shouldn’t be fun, or you should stop using it. Let’s keep brainstorming on how to teach people how to fix things! That’s why we’re all here, after all. Go ahead and reply to your's or other folks requests and discussions as you want. Feel free to make your lists as lengthy as you want, and feel free to ask questions and continue to use Meta as a discussion forum as you have been doing.
Thanks, everyone. This will help us help you.
Onward! Let’s go fix the world together.
Bumping this to the top of Meta to keep everyone mindful of the Admins' requests.
Is this a worthwhile discussion?