Whats the point of this post? and why in Member Feedback/Bug Reports? Well, its pertaining to the forums (obviously) and it's focus is on discussion value and the vague area mods and staff have jurisdiction over. I'm not complaining about the increased amount of locked topics; as they are deemed appropriate. Instead, I am worried about the lack of reasoning behind locking topics that (even controversial) does stem a weak discussion value that can last for a good time.
Sure, there are status updates, but the system in itself is a bit clunky as there is no search feature. I could talk to Dissident (for instance) today through a status update and don't know what he would say to me back. Status updates only serve the purpose of the visitor to say that we are alive and kicking and have little to no convenience to focus on discussion value.
Also, there is the Personal/Private Message feature that pretty much comes standard with every forum website you go to. On SSMB, it is fully featured and almost feels like separate topics, the only pitfall with that system is that every member has a maximum limit and discussion value is limited there as we members can only talk so much that we have to revert to status updates (which is pointless).
So in conclusion, the main reason I made this topic is to answer one very specific question:
For the topics that are deemed "discussion valueless", how can we better view those topics with an open mind and not strictly on the rules of the forum?
Edited by novelty, 01 July 2012 - 07:39 PM.