Is there any way that the Discourse gamification features could be turned off (e.g. limited likes per day, maybe some of the trust level stuff)? I don’t think that gamified forums are conducive to actual profitable collaboration (although that’s just my take on it).
With that being said, there may be some things that just aren’t possible to disable; however, I much prefer software like XenForo or phpBB in terms of functionality, and while I applaud the transition to a more modern forum software stack, I’m concerned that the forum implementation is done right.
I agree. It frequently causes me to need to recreate or necropost old posts after I have gained some trust. Most people wouldn’t bother to store the additional information for a few months in the future.
Based on my experience in moderating krita-artists.org the defaults of discourse are well thought and help in moderating spam. But surely yes we can tweak individual settings like max number of links a new user can add or number of uploads or likes for new users etc. Having said that often times I have found going back to defaults when hit by spam wave and it helped me understand why the defaults are the way they are.