Our forum comes with an in-built Lounge section that is only accessible to users who meet certain criteria.
These criteria are things how many times you visit the forums, read and comment on posts and how many likes your posts receive over 100 days. The Lounge is a sort of reward for “frequent forum fliers” and is a private section which members are invited to when they reach ‘Regular’ user status (otherwise known as Trust Level 3). This status is not granted manually by Folksy, it’s automatic based on your activity over a long period of time.
However, the Lounge section has never really been used very much and quite a few of you have posted to say you’re not very happy about its exclusive and eliteness, and don’t feel it’s very ‘Folksy’. I spoke to the lovely @sianfolksy about it (she’s away on maternity leave at the moment) and she thinks we might be able to remove it if that’s what the most people want. She also suggested we could look at creating a private section where sellers could discuss any sensitive information, although we’d need to check with the forum provider to see if that’s possible.
So it would be really useful if you could let me know your thoughts. Would you like to keep the Lounge open, do you have any objections if we remove it, and do you think a private section for discussing sensitive issues would be a good idea?