I think the problem with that strategy is that most people come to the TRS because they have something to report or because they're interested in one particular discussion. If we're lucky, they'll sometimes read other discussions while they're here and help with those, but the only way to attract and keep people here is via discussions they're interested in.
The unlocking system, the caps on the number of open discussions, and this change all ultimately drive people away from the TRS — there's fewer people reading it, which means fewer people to do any of those tasks. Yes, these systems have served to reduce the total number of open threads, but they've done it by reducing the total amount that the TRS does
The goal should be to increase the total number of problems that the TRS ends up solving each week, not to reduce the total number of open threads or anything like that. And all of the changes and restrictions are ultimately hurting that — preventing someone from making a new thread about an issue they think is important doesn't mean they're going to turn around and work on something else, it means they're going to go away and that the chance of the issue they were bringing here ever getting addressed drops to zero.
Like, months ago I reported what I thought was a perfectly obvious issue with an extensive summary of what was wrong. It was never unlocked, and just sort of sat there without any commentary on what the problem was (so, if there was something wrong with it, nobody has told me what it is, which kills my motivation to ever report any further issues or to check in here to see what's going on.) Even if it is
eventually unlocked, the chances that I'll notice it are slim, which means that there's going to be fewer people discussing it and fewer people willing to do the gruntwork of implementing a fix. And seeing this happen tends to make me say "why should I keep visiting TRS? It's broken and useless."
TRS fixes need to stop focusing on the backlog, which was never the problem, and need to start focus on attracting new people to the TRS (and encouraging people to report viable issues) so we can hopefully get things done. The way that discussions start locked, the cap on open threads, and this recent push are all harmful for that and have caused more problems than the issues they were trying to solve — there are better ways to handle stale discussions than to lock all new
Discussions go stale because nobody cares about them; the solution isn't to demand that people put off doing the stuff they care about until they've handled the discussions they don't, because that's just going to result in people going away and nothing getting done at all.
edited 22nd Aug '15 4:33:26 PM by Aquillion