We’re holding off on our next byte bulletin until we’re ready to announce the beta. We’re not there just yet, so sit back and maybe think some more about the username you want?! Right now we’re targeting September, which we’ll get into more below. Meanwhile, let’s talk about this forum.
The moderators were appointed to help the members of this forum have a positive experience and — when needed — to take action to ensure proper etiquette is followed and rules are upheld. Although we’ve stated that constructive feedback is welcome, we’re sorry that it hasn’t always been clear how to deliver it.
The “meta” category was created to organize the discussion-about-the-discussion happening last week/over the weekend, but it was intended only as a temporary measure. Forum Bugs & Feedback is set up to be the ongoing space for your ideas. Moderators will look carefully at anything brought up here.
But we also just have to say: Airing grievances about another member or moderator just isn’t that productive when done publicly. It only causes issues and instantly limits any discussion to either offensive or defensive positions. It’s always better to talk directly with the people you have an issue with or else bring it to all the moderators. If they aren’t able to satisfy your concerns, you and/or they should escalate to Cami.
In general, this forum deserves (and is due for) a refresh. This will likely come in the form of some downtime in advance of the beta. During that downtime, we’ll be making some changes, including:
*Revamping the list of categories as well as some re-categorization of topics to better serve the purposes of the forum. We’ll be doing all this with an eye toward the best possible experience for first-time visitors so that they can find the information they need easily…
*Moving domains over to byte.co (finally)…
*Refreshing the branding…
*Revisiting trust levels, and because we’re limited in how much we can edit those, probably renaming “experts” and potentially creating a different title for current active experts…
*Bringing on the new moderators and getting them up to speed…
…plus some other little things here and there. If you’ve already made a suggestion in Forum Bugs & Feedback, we’ll be taking a closer look at these as we go through the refresh.
When the forum comes back for its “grand reopening” of sorts, these changes and the expanded team will all be in place, along with a fresh bulletin with details about the beta!
One final note:
Let’s remember that Dom initially started this forum as an experiment in a more direct way for staff and byte users to interact. As with any experiment, there will be growing pains as we all figure out what this place means to us. We’re really lucky to have such smart, positive, and engaged people here. Ask for what you need to have a better experience and we know your friends will rise to address your concerns creatively.
For our part, we’re working every day toward releasing the app and to make your time here worthwhile. Your support keeps us going and means the world to us.