Ugh really sorry the increasing number of off-topic questions are a drain @idleberg - I really do appreciate your contributions (and the contributions of everyone on this thread).
Keeping on top of off-topic posts is definitely something I could be doing a better job of - if I come across one, I’ve either closed them (less frequent because I feel the same as @Aerijo when he mentioned “It’s not their fault they don’t know; no one knows until they learn it. Simply closing and locking off topic questions seems a bit harsh though.”) or removed the category (my understanding was uncategorized === off-topic). I haven’t been super consistent removing categories though, especially when a topic already has some back and forth and also sometimes when I feel like a post is on the fence between off-topic or not.
I do like the idea of the
off topic category, basically the same idea as the #watercooler channel in the Atom Slack. I like that it’s explicit. I am curious though @idleberg - if we did a better job uncategorizing off-topic posts, would that be fine or is the explicit
off-topic category more helpful for you?
Let me check-in with some of the other maintainers about dealing with off-topic posts in general and then about adding an
off-topic category and I’ll let y’all know what I hear.
And thanks again for bringing this up @idleberg If folks have other ideas to make your lives better, let me know (as a side note, one thing I was looking at was post templates, basically like the issue template in Atom repos - might be something we could add to point people in the right direction, encourage them to search for past posts, etc.).