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LinuxQuestions.org Turns 9
It was nine years ago today that I made the very first post introducing LQ to the world. 3,578,611 posts and 407,152 members later, I continue to be astounded by what LQ has become. One thing that hasn't changed is the fantastic LQ member-base and the dedicated mod team. I'd like to once again thank each and every one of you; you truly make LQ what it is. Feedback and member suggestions have been absolutely critical to our success and growth. With that in mind, I'd like to use this thread to collect as much feedback as possible about LQ. What are we doing well and where can we improve? What new features or sections would you like to see? What should we be doing differently? Let us know your thoughts, we really are listening. As a thank you, I'll be randomly selecting 10 suggestions from this thread and upgrading the posting member to a contributing member for one year.
Even tho I haven't been here from the beginning, I can see it has come a long way. Usually searching anything Linux related on google almost always leads me here withing the first page of results. It's probably the biggest Linux forum out there from what I've seen. Anyway, good luck and long live LQ !
1) The hit-and-run posters (possibly bots) are a bit of a problem. You know the posters that post a single post consisting of a short phrase with little elaboration on the problem, just a very general badly worded question, and then people fill the thread with all sorts of possible answers because the scope of the question is so broad. The OP never posts again and the thread fades into the abyss, a useless waste of time for anyone who posted in it, and also for the ones who read it. It's usually either a question that has been asked before (by other bots) or a question that is too broad to be answered sensibly and thus the answers vary widely, and anybody seeking help from this thread is also wasting their time, because your chances of finding a working answer are very low for the aforementioned reasons. Now, this problem of hit-and-run posters has been posed before, and I'm not sure if there exists a solution ...
Maybe a stronger or better captcha. Or, because they always post one single post, force people to post their first post in the intro forum. Or, warn users of LQ about such posters and to ignore them, and mods to delete them. Or, all of the above and other things too ...
2) As you might have noticed the "social groups" feature never really took off, most people seem to have abandoned it from what I see. I think it might have to do with the strange interface, or maybe the lack of interest. The interface is not like a regular forum, maybe that has something to do with it.
3) The 'Pictures & Albums' feature is not too useful, not sure what its purpose is. Maybe somehow in conjunction with "social groups" ... but overall not too useful or popular.
4) I used to be able to ignore users by clicking on their name and then it was right there in the menu, that saved me some time, why was it taken off ?
That's all I can think of so far. Otherwise everything else is working fine.
Last edited by H_TeXMeX_H; 06-26-2009 at 03:17 AM.