I bet I’m not the only one that feels annoyed and not welcome or appreciated. Let me give you an example: in pre-COVID era we all went to an offline store at some point of our lives. Sometimes there is a sales person that will greet you and try to be helpful, but me personally – I hated it with passion. Just let me browse the store, I know what I need if I don’t I will ask! But the store probably has monetary reason behind this behavior — having sales staff harass customers this way drives sales up by a measurable degree.
My question is did someone at Discourse perform any survey on whether this behavior was/is needed?
If your answer is ‘this is common sense’ let me counter with that 10-15 years ago common sense was to allow half of screen estate to be used by user signatures containing animated GIFs strong enough to induce epilepsy fit.
Btw, I’m aware of the fact that badges system can be turned off. I did that at our managed instance. The problem is that I don’t have control over the defaults of any future instances I will sign up for, for some of which I have to sign up for.