This is something we’ve wanted to address for a while and seek your views. As you know, the main title of this community is of course ”Aviators Worldwide Community” and we have a central focus on aviation. You all joined this community because we share the same passion relating to either aviation or flight simulation.
We have currently allowed more relaxed topics like our random chat and memes topics. We’re all guilty of using random chat a little too much, however we want to tackle this going forward and would like to see more presence of aviation within our forum. Obviously our random chats are the top engaging forum topics without a doubt, however we feel like it’s destroying the main purpose and driving some users to avoid posting. Many times we can see replies exceeding 100+ in some cases, this is really impressive engagement which we encourage, however more time invested in other category topics would be ideal. Our moderation team will discuss soon how to tackle this moving forward, however it’s highly unlikely we’ll remove it. We would much rather users contributed to a more positive topic/reply than diluting positive discussion with many random chat replies as we’re starting to loose our feel. If there is a long discussion happening in random chat, consider moving it to a more private message to continue? We also have our Aviators Worldwide Discord Server for more instant message style communication so please consider participating there in addition.
Please let us know your views on random chat and non-aviation discussion below. We also encourage you to share any proposed ways to help tackle this in addition. We certainly want to cut down on it and invest that focus back into more topics such as in #rwa, #flight-simulation etc, however we don’t want to disappoint users and remove completely. We just want focus into other underused categories. Even just take a few minutes per week to start a new discussion or replies. This will also make it have a more “aviation feel” for new forum members who may be unsure if it’s the correct community for them.
We are currently discussing new ideas for engagement internally within community management and will share more information soon. We would urge anyone to come forward with new suggestions on how we can improve the whole aviation focus within the community. Please feel free to send moderators a direct message or communicate via #lounge if TL3+.
We’d certainly love to hear your thoughts going forward! Remember - We are providing the community for you. We want to shape it surrounding our members and their opinions where possible.