kgschlosser wrote:i think that this thread should be made
First of all I think there is a problem of terminology here. "Thread" is basically synonymous with "topic" as it's used on this forum. So this comment is part of the "How you can help" thread. I think you're actually talking about creating a new forum section, which actually seems to be called a "forum" by the forum software but that's just confusing. This is the way I see the hierarchy:
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|_Forum section or subforum(e.g. EventGhost News, General Support)
|_Topic or thread(e.g. How you can help)
I think it's important that we are all clear on terminology so signals don't get crossed. I had originally read what you say only as that you wanted to move the discussion of hosting website content on GitHub to its own thread so it doesn't hijack the "How you can help" discussion, which I think is reasonable.
As far as creating a new forum section, I'm ambivalent. I think the EventGhost News forum section is not the best fit for discussion of EG development projects and no other forum section fits either so it would be nice to have a separate section for these topics. However, my experience with forums is that breaking it up into too many niche sections is a really bad idea because most people don't ever bother to visit those lesser used forum sections. This causes the topics in those sections to get no activity and then people end up posting things to the more popular sections even though they'd be a better fit in the niche section. I think that the creation of any new forum section should be carefully considered.
kgschlosser wrote:so that only an admin or moderator can add a new topic.
I strongly disagree with that idea. It will discourage anyone from posting in that forum section. Where would the appropriate forum section be to start the discussion?
kgschlosser wrote:i don't feel that having random topics created is ideal and it could draw focus away from what is really important and that would be the work at hand.
Then the admins just need to move the inappropriate topics to the correct forum section and inform the poster that they are breaking the rules. The forum section description should be very specific about what is allowed so there is no doubt. I think this will end up being less work for the admins in the end because I don't think there will be very many random topics created in that section as long as the description is clear.