Time to fix the Community Answered
I often discuss Instructables.
I never discuss Instructables on Instructables.
I'm not the only one.
Because this "Community" is broken.
If you're a long-time member, you'll remember when the Community was all there, in one place, for everybody to take part in. There was chat. There was activity. There were people you could rely on being around with a bit of useful advice or for a bit of banter. Many projects were born in the Community. Friendships, even semi-formal events started in the Community section. How many people reading this even remember that the site has an actual Community Team, made up of the more active members of the site, volunteers willing to spend their time in the Community, helping members, building the Community
The Community is splintered. You have to go to a sub-section of the site (Workshop, Circuits...) to even see there is a community, and then you feel an artificial restriction on what you discuss (there isn't even an appropriate section to post this topic in, since they're all tied to categories). Topics go without comment for days, weeks, even when they're at the top of the list, even when members of staff are involved in the replies.
In a working Community, a topic about the members would not have only three replies after two months:
So, can we have a working community back?
Can we have it all in one place? Can that one place have a prominent link on the home page and in the top bar alongside the categories, not hiding behind them?
Can we have topics that are Community based, not tied to a category of projects?
Can we have threading, and staff being properly involved?
Can we have it promoted in emails & social media, as well the sponsored content?