I've observed a significant change in the T&E since the forums/poll altered it previous use. Now with limited time, threads intended to start conflict find themselves closed and falling down the list. Historically, those who wished to share their honest feedback, knew (or quickly learned) that any anti-Ubuntu comment(s) would often immediately come under attack.
Maybe we need another community discussion.
I believe, that the forums should provide a place for all members (not selective) to express their opinions and share feedback without the threat of retaliation. It's my observation, that fewer members now go to that section anticipating debate and the T&E has become a FRIENDLIER section of the forums.
Have no idea, but suspect that there's been very few members penalized for posting in that section since the poll altered it's usage. Might be interesting to compare the number of penalties (issued in the same period of time) before and after the poll changed the T&E.
I'm not certain what the objective would be to restrict new users, but can't envision how it supports a more active T&E. Restricting new member participation by eliminating the opportunity to share their experiences (good or bad), IMO will simply reduce the volume of new threads in the section.
Then what is your point? Only 4.3% of the vote supported restricting new members. I reworded your statement to assure that I interpreted it correctly. IMHO terms like "lowbeaners" are unnecessary, condescending and abrasive. We all started with a zero bean count and I don't believe beans reflect potential or ability. It's simply denotes the number of post one has in the forums. Since the implementation of the spam rule, I've seen a number of long term members that didn't have enough bean count to change their CP.
I wrote what I wrote and you are free to understand what you wish and "restate" it however you choose. This maybe familiar to some:
Prevent users from being able to create threads or post in T & E until they have 50 support posts. That it got four votes out of 93 is not the point here.
This road is IMHO riddled with pot holes. If I recall correctly, even the staff was divided and many of the debates regarding this topic were associated with "content".
Again, where did you get that from?
I was not aware that this is jobs site. Nor, that the forums needed to engaged in assessing or collecting data to determine the suitability of a Ubuntu user and/or prospective forum member. Last I heard, these forums are populated by individuals from all walks of life, occupations and age groups that share a commonality. Why would the forums assess the suitability of members for anything other than abiding by the COC and following sectional guidelines? Should a new user be prohibited from posting in the T&E, if they haven't broken any rules?
One question though ... how do employers gauge the suitability of potential employees? They look at testimonials and experience presented by the candidates but also verify those.
The majority decision reflects that even a basic precaution such as posting in the support forum as "proof" of being an active user isn't necessary.
I wonder what would result if meritocratic decisions were taken rather than "majority-based" ones.
As a community of users, selective enrollment seems foolish and counter productive to me. Especially, since the T&E is not used to provide feedback to Canonical (for entertainment purposes only). Members here aren't perspective employees, what formula does one use to determine the suitability of a volunteer here and how does one apply that to a new member? Keeping in mind, that the T&E only serves these forums.
Just my $0.02 and I won't post any more comments. Doubt few of the staff don't already know my opinion, for what it's worth.