I received an email from a member asking that I create a topic (I imagine the person meant a channel) dedicated to beginners.
I am aware that the discussion level on the forum is often at the expert level and somewhat difficult for novices to follow. I have struggled to find a way to make the beginners feel they are welcomed here.
We know that anyone at any level can post in the ER and Lounge. It remains that it could be intimidating to ask basic questions for beginners.
One of the leading ideas behind the structure I created was to only have 2 main channels, one for questions (ER) and one for in-depth discussions (Lounge).
The other service channels each fulfill a need: community metacommunication (feedback), Essentials Developers need to know (head-up), Resources for FileMaker, Convenient reviews/suggestions about connex technologies useful to our members (reviews), info related to Claris, some members own curated channels and a venting spot (HVAC).
What bugs me about having a beginners dedicated channel is that it will be a duplication of the ER channel but for beginners. I am very reluctant to segregate. We've seen what too many categories can do to a community. We also probably do not have enough novice members to fuel it. And what will make people decide whether a question should go in the ER or the beginners channel?
Please share your thoughts and comment below. You can also vote:
- Yes, we should have a dedicated channel for beginners
- No, we should not have a dedicated channel for beginners
- We should have a pinned topic in the ER that welcomes beginners' questions
- We should have a sub-channel in the ER for beginners