The problem I’ve been on the new forums for a while. In the beginning, I thought this problem was just because of the hype from the new forums, but since it’s been almost 9 months I think it’s just how the new forums are. The issue I’m talking about here is the thread and post quality. Now I’m not saying there aren’t good threads and posts out there, but I’m saying the general quality isn’t very high. Many idea threads are somewhat uninteresting and it’s very hard to come up with a response other than +1 because they’re so obvious, or -1 because it’s so bad/complicated (for example, many SSM threads are just “Nerf Creeper!”). Also, the off-topic section is replied to very frequently, almost as much as the on-topic threads. In no way do I want those idea threads to disappear and off-topic to be removed, but it feels excessive right now. The old forums had a very different vibe to it, while it was more serious, I felt like it was more productive. As for the posts, since the post boosting rule is pretty much nonexistent, many posts are +1 or "Good idea!". This is an even greater issue with the post leaderboard, which makes posting competitive. It’s upsetting how some people on the posting leaderboard type such short posts. While some posts are longer and have a bit of reasoning, because of most thread’s quality and subject, the posts still short and almost all the same. I can emphasize with people who write posts like this though, as it is very hard to write a detailed response to the kind of threads on the forums currently. Back to the old forums, they were a lot more serious. Even a little too serious. However, that made the post quality better and ideas were generally more interesting and you’d get a lot of interesting responses. The rules were definitely irrational, but the rules did cause better post/thread quality. The new forums is the complete other direction, where it is a lot less productive and a bit too chill. The sad part about this is that only now when the new forums came out, did they start taking feedback, so many good ideas from the old forums have been washed away. The solution I think the forums should be a combination of the old forums and current forums. While I don’t want to remove the off-topic section, I think that it should be removed from the latest posts bar so that feedback is more visible and easier for staff and community members to see. Another solution is to have an off-topic latest posts bar, and an on-topic latest posts bar. As for QoL changes or ideas that not much can be said about, I think all of those should be moved to feature upvote, and if they are posted on the forums, have an FM/FN lock the thread and politely ask the player to move it to feature upvote, and then the FM/FN (possibly) archives the thread afterward. This allows players to show support without having to make meaningless posts. If the player takes a long time (like a week) and the thread has not been moved to feature upvote, the FM/FN will do it themselves. My solution for post boosting (even though the thread type above is removed, people will still post boost) is to not have posts that are less than 10 words count for post count, and if players make 3 less than 10 word posts within a day, then give them a warning for post boosting If you read through this whole thing I congratulate you.