After seeing so much red today (no pun intended) in this [audio] forum, I think it's time a change was made in not only this forum but other specialty forums.
When I got on here recently, I had wondered why the rules seemed to be ignored so often, and I eventually put two-and-two together and realized that the Audio forum rules aren't obviously present for the forumers to see right away.
Next to the "Create New Topic" button is a button that says "Read The Rules!". It is what this button links to which I believe is perhaps the root cause of why many threads are being locked lately.
The button links to the General Forum Rules for the entire BBS community to follow, *not* just specific to the audio forum. There are people that most likely will overlook the Forum Specific Rules
With this overlooking people are most likely going to ignore or not care about the link, as they may not know what it's meaning is, unless they clicked on it.
Going back to the Newgrounds rules wiki main page, most people when they see this from the Audio forum, may only see the general forum rules as what everyone has to follow when they post in the forum, the Audio Forum specific rules, which could easily be looked over, depending on how thorough and/or patient the reader is.
In the past I've made many propositions/solutions to help prevent such innocent breaking of the Audio Forum Rules (which can only be found after either spotting the "Forum Specific Rules" link, or scrolling down the left-side menu to find it, after clicking on the "Read The Rules!" button.
This new idea may work as it goes to address the location and adherence of the [audio forum] rules directly:
Since this is the Audio Forum, new Audio people should be able to find and access the Audio Forum Rules quickly and easily, before they post. Instead of a button that says "Read The Rules!", we need a button that says something like "Audio Forum Rules: Read Before Posting", and/or have the button link to the Audio Forum Rules in the Newgrounds Wiki.
The button should also have a different color scheme (like green, to reflect the Audio portal), to better get the user's attention, before he or she posts. Also I'd suggest a positioning towards the center, as people like myself may have their eyes more attracted towards the center and left of the forum area, and then dart up to the upper right corner to post (maybe test this out?), most likely ignoring the rules button.
Also if possible, make a sticky thread ("New to Audio Forum? Read Our Rules!) in the Audio Forum, that will serve as a reminder to look at the Audio Forum Rules before posting, including a LINK within the thread that directs all those interested in posting in Audio (for the first time or whatever) forum.
- New Audio forum users will see that the Audio Forum has its own rules
-New users will know where to post their content, if the rules demand it.
-All users will know what is and what is not allowed to be discussed in the Audio Forum
-More yellow and gray thread icons, and a less red!
Overall, I think the general forum rules are great, but have a stronger priority in non-group specific forums. or more specifically the ones that aren't listed in the "Forum Specific Rules" section of the NewGrounds WIki.
This idea may not be perfect, but surely it will be much better than what we have now. I'm not writing this for me, but for those on this forum and other forums with specific rules, that can't be seen right away! It's for the forum moderators, 'specially the audio ones, whom are mad as hell about having to essentially be a broken record to virtually every other new thread posted.
Please consider this an open letter to the Fulps and all in charge of the structuring of the Newgrounds website. If you like, you may make a copy of this post, and forward it to the site admins (Tom Fulp and Wade Fulp, am I missing anyone else?) with your own words or ideas even, including those who are regulars on other group-specific forums that see a similar problem.
For the "TL,DR" ppl, here's a picture that sums up this post....