For everyone’s consideration:
Is there a stated mission/vision statement for CD?
Or perhaps a list of core values?
As far as I can tell, the stated mission statement is: “A discussion forum for the FIRST community.”
That comes from the CD “about” page. That, to me, reads that this is a way for community members of FIRST to participate in FIRST activities. A “forum” is defined as “a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.” That definition makes it sound like as long as community members are interacting, in ways they like, then the forum is doing its duty.
Every good community has a strong aspect of focus and effort, but also has a side of leisure and community building. Just as we love to say “FRC is the hardest fun you’ll ever have,” we should be supporting both the technical and interactive parts of FIRST and CD.
Many in FIRST find CD to be a particularly daunting location to find help sometimes, I know I did. But fun, community building games brings people together in a less intensive way, allowing everyone to have an opportunity to find a group for them. The number of friends and connections I have made to other FIRST counterparts around the world far surpasses any I could have made in the absence of games. And because of it, I feel far more comfortable interacting, helping, and learning from the technical side of CD.
Before Mafia started on CD, there were 2 members from team 2412. Myself, and a Mentor of ours. Today, we have 16 active members on CD, most of them participating in technical discussion just as often as games. Most of them would not have found their way here if it weren’t for a community building game here to meet them.
I mean no disrespect when writing this. I understand that I haven’t been here as long as many, and that my activity with games far surpasses my activity in technical discussion; however, I am of the firm belief that games like SLFF, CDFM, The Caption Contest, or otherwise, are strong community building and leisure activities that ACTIVELY contribute to the goal of making a community on this forum. While technical discussion may be more connected to the goals of FIRST, supporting games and chit-chat, in ways that we can, certainly does not detract from the technical side, and many would argue, actually boasts the technical side.
I don’t personally have an issue with a minimum edit number, but if raising the minimum number of edits can help games, while not hurting another part of CD, then I see no reason to withhold a change. I don’t think “that’s the way its always been” is sufficient.