Ran across this in @Sulk’s post on the sandbox http://try.discourse.org/t/a-retrospective-on-ten-minutes-of-discourse/440
- Caring and putting work into a post shouldn’t be shunned.
Last but not least. This is sort of a personal sticking point for me,
and it’s sure as hell not SO-specific but the problem’s rampant here
I can understand not wanting to read some long rant or tirade that
someone’s bashed out, especially if it’s formatted badly or if during
your initial skim it seems uninformed or stupid. However, it’s
important that we recognize when people put in effort, and respond to
them appropriately. If they’re stupid – show them why they’re stupid,
in as much detail as is needed. If they’re right – show them you’ve
read it, and that you appreciate it.
It’s not always appropriate in every forum, but certainly it’s good to
have people around that are willing to put some level of effort into
things. We may never get a Coder Project off the ground, but as long
as people keep putting effort into making quality posts, this place
will always be strong. Like I said earlier, it’s always a lot easier
to shout something down than it is to contribute to it… but if that’s
all anyone ever does, there won’t be any reason for people to try
One of the things that I’ve always wanted in a forum is a way to work on a post over time, so that I can write and edit drafts before releasing it to the public, perhaps working with an editor or small group of editors.
I think that being able to invest time – perhaps days or weeks – is the way to really increase the quality of posts.