Hi MLH team (and community!),
I’ve had some time to browse through this community forum, both in the Discourse version and this new self-hosted community.mlh.io version and think it’s a wonderful resource. I wanted to ask one question to the MLH team - is there a reason this forum doesn’t have public view-access?
I ask because I see many useful discussion threads on hackathon organizing mirroring the types of discussion I’d find on other forums for clubs/competitions I did back in high school. Specifically, for VEX Robotics (https://www.vexforum.com/) and Science Olympiad (https://scioly.org/forums/). I loved open forums like these because they gave new members a chance to learn - “creep” - to learn without going through the process of making an account.
I understand the biggest factor would probably be privacy - us using real names and all - and the difficulty of switching to aliases and its effect on the user experience. My personal favorite forum experience ever is the VEX robotics forum circa 2015 (http://web.archive.org/web/20150321093352/http://www.vexforum.com/) with a design that is very lightweight while getting to the point, with shades of reddit almost. Personally, I’d love to contribute to a body of institutional memory preserved in forum format if it were more publicly accessible.
This post has been pretty long - let me know what you think!