Okay, it literally invited me to, stating: “There are no more Site Feedback topics. Why not create a topic?”
My first impression joining this forum - Nice UI and the badge system is a great way to monitor activity without having to babysit every newcomer to the group. As a newcomer, the badge system made me feel recognized - or at least acknowledged.
Prominent members (high trust level) respond to posts and comments regularly. Also, my own posts and introductions were acknowledged in a timely manner.
Easy to navigate and profile activity portion is a great way to monitor one’s (self) behavior. Also, the activity tracking provides a strong history for disputes or accusations. Great work!
In addition, this Secret site can be a source of punishment for people who do not DYOR/DMOR. Failing to read the guidelines, posts, or wiki - could result in someone asking stup*d questions - - - weed out tire-kickers (like buying a car) /visitors /spies.
Finally, the transparency in the forums is excellent. I noticed disputes falling out, throughout the forum. I think this is good because it shows a new person that Secret has nothing (kinda) to hide. Also, getting to know the drama history helps someone feel that they can relate to other members & shows the character of members.
FINALLY, Could there be a section for non-technical people? Maybe a general thread for people who don’t know much about the community or technology. A new member not being familiar with the computer languages or network structure may feel - ummm… not sure, but researching is really the only thing to do on the forum. Maybe a MUTED section for people to blow off steam or newcomers to ask st*pid questions. It is a little intimidating leaving a post when there is hours of research to do before hand.
Thank you for having me and keep up the great work!