I don't think this adds anything of value to the forum

@stevebaer If TL4 is staff, who’s in TL3?

As long as I’m not, I guess I should be happy, but I’m just curious.

Sorry to say this, but this is a terrible oppinion!
Any objective and critical oppinion is valuable, and it shouldn’t be up to a software or a small circle of people to decide about!

I do see the irony in it, just saying… :wink:


Late to the party here, but I actually like these messages. Reminders to be polite or forgiving to new posters are not useless.


Speaking of new posters and these meta messages, did the idea of pointing new users to e.g. “how to ask effective questions”, how to search the forum/the old GH forum etc. ever gain any traction? I feel like we keep seeing the same pattern repeat over and over again.

(It’s not a real message it’s photoshop)

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…and to make it explicit, intended as a joke.

As to experienced users I quite disagree. I even take it as somewhat insulting that the forum “automatically” thinks any of us need such a reminder or implied reminder.

IMHO this is where an automatic message might do some good if sent exclusively to first-time users to also make them aware of the forum’s expectations of civility, politeness, tolerance of inexperience and English language unfamiliarity. Sensitively worded, of course, to be welcoming but set us apart as a professional forum instead of the brutal free-for-alls that seem to exist in other circles.


If I may add a bit more flavor to this thread.
I am a very forthright person. That does not mean I am insensitive or rude.

There is a phychological study that connects lack of empathy with the language one uses.
That said, the majority of users here have English as their second or even third language. This predictates their “rudeness” due to lack of enough knowledge of the language, or link between some words (considered insulting) with emotions.

I do respect everyone in this forum but will never avoid argument for “through arguments comes the truth” (Socrates)