This may be received well, or it may not. My only hope is that over the past couple of years I’ve acted rational and civilized enough that it be considered in that regard, rather than a nonsensical & ill-thought-out newbie suggestion.
It’s a general concept, open to modification and suggestions. And, it may also be a terrible idea for reasons I haven’t considered. But here goes.
I propose something like a sandbox that new members are restricted to until they prove themselves to be non-troublemakers. Or perhaps another analogy would be a forum probation period… They could introduce themselves, ask some basic questions, but would not have free rein to start new topics and would have a limited number of posts per day they could make (so use them wisely!).
Combined with the enhanced flagging rules that @SaintSovereign mentioned, this could dramatically reduce the effects of trolls.
Yes, it would be hindering some legit new forum members, but as long as they behaved normally and without ill-intent, they would be granted full forum status soon enough. There is absolutely precedent elsewhere… for example, you don’t start out a brand new driver with doing 60mph on a freeway, they have some limitations to make sure they know what they’re doing before they have the ability to cause some harm. You also wouldn’t turn a child loose on a table saw on their first day of shop class either.
I understand there are some limits on new members already, but since ZP has leveled up the subliminal game, I humbly suggest a leveling up of community access might be a good idea too.
Assuming the forum software can do such a thing without extensive modifications, of course.