This (besides people being always friendly, of course) would be the optimal scenario but since that would be a much more challenging change, at least putting it in the thread would be the next best thing IMO.
I’m certain you had good intentions doing this but please be aware that this can put another barrier on people speaking out about issues like this (in addition to the high barrier that’s there just by nature). I wouldn’t feel good with people going through my history to look at situations I explicitly said I felt uncomfortable in. For people it can be hard in such a moment not to judge (“hm, that didn’t seem too bad”) and even harder not to feel judged (≈ “your feelings are wrong”) which can be off-putting, to say the least.
Few (if any?) have claimed that the Discourse isn’t helpful or isn’t good at finding solutions, and I didn’t get the impression @Nakul_Tiruviluamala was talking about not getting problems solved.
To exaggerate: People can be both friendly and unhelpful (“hey there, I had the same problem too, that’s really unlucky. I googled something and somewhere there I found the answer, hope that helps!”) as well as helpful and unfriendly (“just do …, next time RTFM”).
I wholeheartedly agree, and this is a really important thing to look out for, IMO.
I’m not sure I also agree with
though. Again, I don’t question helpfulness: I think ~90-95% of posts fall in the neutral-helpful category, but that doesn’t make them “a role-model for being kind to newcomers”, IMO. Maybe we read messages differently, and I’d be interested if you have specific situations in mind or if this is more of a general feeling.
Either way, I’d be happy if everybody felt encouraged to write posts that fit that ideal.