In my opinion nothing is going to change on this, unless post approval moderation becomes a thing…
I mean right now (I just confirmed), if I type “Streamsong” in the post title and body…it immediately pops up “your topic is similar too…” – if people can’t slow down to see that and then consider posting in a pre-existing thread…not sure how we can expect that to change
I for one, am still all for an “intro period” (if possible). Here is the Refuge…here are a few of the core threads to read up on…wait a few days (or a week, or a set amount of “read time”) to unlock the layers.
An intro or welcome post should absolutely go up, and I don’t think there being one should be viewed as “moderation”, at least IMO
I agree that nothing is going to change without a behavior change.
That said - “post approval moderation” is already is a thing, unless you are over a certain level of trust (I think the cutoff is Regular). So, I can create whatever post I like (and that’s why I’ve created so many threads for disparate topics here), but, a first-time-user has to submit their post for approval - that’s why we frequently see posts in batches! However, I think that Randy is just a approve-all non-moderator, so, we are pushing this work onto him to figure out what’s a duplicate thread and what’s not - which he’s said repeatedly he doesn’t want to do.
I think that we should have some kind of intro/welcome post - not sure that I agree on the “unlock” time period, or at least, more so than what we already have (a post cap within first 24h) - that seems harsher than what stands currently.
So, in short, can we get some “SEO” to have threads / posts carrying “more weight” than specific posts when it comes to a search (not sure if this is actually a thing)? @McSchvantz, I turn to you first, but also FYI @Randy
I would also like to apologize to anybody I was ever rude to about duplicate threads…
I can absolutely try…and I guess it may be best phrased as a question back to you…
If I search “be a player” in the search bar right now, is there any reason why the results are sorted/ranked the way they are? It says sorted by “relevance” so I would assume that is more or less based on popularity? My search query literally matches (word-for-word) an existing thread title…why is that not the #1 search result?
So, is it possible for search results to “default” to showing threads/topics instead of individual posts?
topics/threads all start with individual posts, and I’m not sure what level of control @McSchvantz gets out-of-the-box over a search function
defaulting to thread titles also renders the search function mostly useless when I want to search “puffin” and find @Bullseye heavyweights logo. the search function for the most part is amazing as it is - except for this one (glaring) issue