I couldn’t find anywhere to suggest this, so I’ll do it here.
Something’s wrong with the WIP/Team project boards.
Many game projects there don’t get completed or are visibly made by the unskilled and are unlikely to be completed, and this attracts negative opinions because they’re in a board where at least some quality and content are expected from the get-go.
My opinion is those threads, which frequently have names like ‘project name- help/team wanted’, are better read as ‘making something- want to learn with me?’. They are (usually) completely valid threads at heart, but there isn’t an appropriate board to hold them. People don’t want to do stuff alone and having a game project is a wonderful boost for enthusiasm/self esteem. Unfortunately, there’s no place to create these ‘newbie’ projects where they’ll be appreciated, and until they learn the ins and outs, they’re doomed to bad publicity.
So, perhaps we need a place to make mistakes in. I’d advise creating a new board oriented towards simpler game propositions, where people can create these usually short-lived threads then move them to the WIP board if they actually get interest and development. It wouldn’t solve the problem completely but it might be a step towards better compartmentalisation.
The WIP/Team projects boards seem to encourage the creation of full-on ‘project’ threads, without catering for newbie attempts. Who knows- if a board is made for them, the names might become ‘game idea- anyone interested?’, which is much less… irksome. Also, instead of having to criticize those who make threads likely to die quickly, one can simply advise them to take it to the ‘propositions’ board.