If you are reading this post means at least once you flashed your smartphone with a custom ROM and where did you learn about custom ROMs and found resources about them? 99.9% from forum.xda-developers.com.
Problem with those forums is that they became filled with people with almost 0(zero) interest in developing, better say, improvement and learning; notice I didn’t say noobs because we were all noobs at some point , but because we had a bit of interest in learning or at least some self esteem to not be categorized as retards or idiots or whatever, we started to read and learn and only after that we started posting (I know this how I did, and mostly because I didn’t want people to think I’m retarded).
In 2015 the situation is different:
1. almost everyone has a smartphone, I think it will be a real challenge to find someone who doesn’t have at least 1 smartphone.
2. rooting tools became very accessible, 1 click tools as we call them and on top of that some of the most important producers even offer officials way to unlock and root your phone.
And you’ll say: “hey what is wrong with that???” Well apparently nothing until you dig a bit deeper. Doing so, making it accessible to everyone, or too accessible, spares users the work and when you don’t work at least a little bit for something, you’ll start taking it for granted and you can’t be bothered to read anything and this leads to asking questions (most of the time quoting the developer or mentioning him/her to be sure he sees your questions and answers right away) when the answer to your question is either 1-2 posts above yours or two pages back or worse you shouldn’t have been asking that in the 1st place because its assumed you knew at least the basics when you started flashing unofficial software on your 500 dollars smartphone. And you end up spending half your time answering banal questions or ranting. Sure you can just ignore them, but ignore them one time too many and all hell breaks lose just because you dared to ignore “the customer” . most of the time XDA’s moderators do nothing, or just delete that inflammatory post, but why it was let to come to this in the 1st place?
There is also the problem of ENGLISH or “engrish” . Yes i understand that for most of the people present there English is their second language (is mine too) but I shouldn’t have to spend time trying to decipher whatever you wanted to say there. Yea it ain’t fair but when you joined the forums you acknowledged that is a ENGLISH written forum, and English is the only reasonable way for us from all over the world to understand each other. I said ENGLISH, not Engrish. sure you can ignore or rant but then we’re back to the ending of the paragraph above and question ” why it was let to come to this in the 1st place?” remains You accepted the conditions, so follow them.
And I could go on on but i think this are the most important bits for now and my conclusion is more like a question : Why do XDA moderators adopt such a relaxed policy ? Evidently you have the rules, the mottoes, even you have some funny videos about it, but most of the time you ignore them and let them be, sure we have the report button, but then instead of answering stupid or question with obvious answers will be spending time writing reports instead of improving work.
Don’t ban the users from forums, that’s not the solution, the solution is to educate your users, by doing so you’ll give the developers (or users who actually contribute to custom roms improvements) a fresh breath of air, they won’t become frustrated and leave, and they will spend that time on improvement rather than fighting on threads. This is the sustainable long time solution otherwise as the forums grew and still keep growing with “un moderated” users, they will hit critical mass when enough is enough and most of the people improving ROMS will leave and that will lead to users leaving. (you know as well as I do that some pretty awesome developers left already because of this)
And no, i’m not referring to me, i’m a small fish in the pound compared to others, way more skilled than me .