I've discussed this with a few people and we arrived at the opinion that the goals of the forum are:
- Teaching developers how to fully utilize FlashPunk
- Providing support for developers using FlashPunk
- Sharing things created for/with FlashPunk
- Planning and guiding the ongoing development of FlashPunk
The point was made that this forum is for FlashPunk. It's the first place people usually go when they have questions (although it should be the documentation), so when they arrive, they should see people asking questions and receiving answers. If they start browsing and see a bunch of chatting and goofin' around, they may look elsewhere.
Additionally, there are tons of places to socialize with friends and colleagues (like our IRC channel), and the forum devoted to helping and learning doesn't need to be one of them.
@jacobalbano Shhh. I don't know what you're talking about. There definitely isn't a forum category that unlocks after you've proven yourself to be a valuable member of the community by reading forum posts, participating in discussions and posting valuable comments that have received likes.