The software that runs the two main Rust forum works well enough, and it’s quite flexible, powerful and I like how it catches some common mistakes. But I hate how it turns having technical discussions between adults into a kind of awful videogame to collect “badges”. Yet, I am able to ignore those stupid “badges”.
What I am not good at ignoring are the messages like “See 1 new or updated topic” at the top of the page (and (1) in name of the page) that trigger me to click click click all the time, making me feel like an hamster on a wheel:
I am sure all this is working as designed to “gamify” and “engage people” to push them to participate more in the forum. For me it’s a turn-off and a distraction. I love Rust and I like its community, but those forum characteristics hurt me. Suggestions are welcome