SRK has been growing lately. Wonderful! More posters means a higher quality forum with better content, right?
Wait, no. Instead, we get threads like this:
This thread is being made in Fighting Game Discussion because this (and SF4) are the two most heavily affected subforums.
Like most respectable, user-heavy forums, it’s time for SRK to adapt and implement at least two new Forum Rules:
- No new thread creation for 6 months after account creation
- No posting in threads for 1 week after account creation
First of all, this would eliminate 99% of spambots, and prevent the ever-so-popular joke/revenge accounts from being created and wasting more bandwidth.
On top of that, while SRK still has great moderation, there are simply too many users and threads now for moderators to notice every question that has been asked several times and the trolling that takes place almost exclusively from newly registered users.
The most important aspect of growing isn’t numbers, it’s retention. Does it really matter if we get 50,000 more SRK members after SF4 comes out if 49,900 of them stop visiting after they realize what a wasteland this forum is becoming? While some new users would be annoyed by the rules (and they should be), this will force new users to actually read the available threads for information which will get their questions answered before the seventh thread about the same topic gets made.
Personally, I think this is long overdue and that this is a topic for serious discussion among moderators and regular members. Do we want SRK to be the definitive forum for fighting game information and discussion, or do we want it to be a Livejournal for new users to create threads every day about which version of SF4 they decided to purchase?
Again, many respectable online forums have implemented rules like this after reaching a certain size, and it’s time for SRK to come around.