Following on from this thread;
General Discussion is getting harder to visit, i struggle to find anything at all to post on, and believe me, i do try. There are a few that dominate it, but i feel it's to the detriment of it.
It's as if giffgaff actually like it being dumbed down for some reason, because when certain threads are made by the same people over and over again, and then continually bumped by the op, we're told that some people enjoy those type of threads.
But that's not the case as i see it. Most times those threads do fall off page one, and would carry on falling, except the op comes back and bumps it with "i do" or "i don't know", just to get it back on the first page. Yes, reporting them is the thing to do, but as i said, i'm told people like them.
I'm at a loss as to why some are being indulged in this way. I suppose we should be very thankful that H&S is on a separate board, because if it was me looking in to a combined H&S/GD before joining, and seeing some of that stuff, i definitely wouldn't bother.
GD needs a huge overhaul/clean up asap, before it dies a death. It's halfway there already.
Or shut it completely and put it out of it's misery.
@natty_noo dont think so
Remember there are many topics not giffgaff related that we can only discuss on GD forum if they got rid of that where would we discuss the general everyday topics that we cannot discuss in any other section
General Discussion forum is very relevant and informative
For me, 'people like these threads' has been a response to why GD has the culture it has, and not necessarily specific posts. If someone's bumping up a thread unnecessarily then that's something we should be dealing with.
However before this gets too far into the discussion I'd like to ask that we focus on specific change. It'd be very easy for this thread, like so many others, to have a vague sense of 'things are broken and they should be fixed', and for that then to boil into annoyance when it's not 'fixed' at some future point down the road - without anyone having the same understanding on what the fix should have been.
What I'd love to see is people talking about specific behaviours that they think would lead to improvement. Frame a problem with the change you would like to make that would make you want to visit the forum, rather than what puts you off. That way, we can more clearly see what's missing, and what would appeal to people.
It does seem to me, and do correct me if I'm wrong @t_will, that giffgaff are happy with the way GD is as it drives traffic to the site. The plethora of subjects and external links posted, which are usually topical, are picked up by search engines and promote giffgaff's pages' listings in the search results.
However as a forum to attract and retain members it, for me anyway, does not seem fit for purpose. In my view the behaviours that contribute to this are:
There are some members who post great threads there but these are in the minority. GD should be a fun, inviting, interesting and inclusive but it is rarely so nowadays.