I can see benefits of disallowing off topic discussion:
- Moderators would have less work to do since the derailing of threads would probably be less common. And there would likely be fewer tough decisions.
- Visitors would have an easier time finding relevant information.
- Community members would likely feel a greater unity since we’re all here for the Safe Network, regardless of political views or otherwise.
- The perception of the forum from the outside would likely be more professional if discussion of things like conspiracy theories, politics and other divisive topics aren’t allowed.
The only potential downside I can see is that the forum will likely see fewer posts. However, if posts are not related to the project, does it really add value to the forum or the project? For me it certainly detracts from the value of the forums.
There are many places online to discuss whatever topics one might be interested in, but there is only one place to discuss the Safe Network. Maybe this forum would be better off if it leaned into that fact and tried to be the absolute best at being a forum about the Safe Network.
Would it be a good idea to disallow discussion of topics outside of some given relevant categories?