thanks for the quick reply and reaction, thank you, that's fantastic!
I very much appreciate your thoughtful reflection on the question whether something should be public, private, or what these labels even exactly mean. I see you distinguish between closing parts off from companies like or other people and for what purpose.
My heart agrees with you on closing off sections which reveal more private information like local events, meetings or similar topics. These also seem less relevant to the wild tidalcycles-user looking for help or technical guidance.
I never thought about the creation of an account as an initiation ritual in that way and you do have a point there. Opening and closing selected areas makes sense to me. The character of a "forum" as you have it here is also a value that I very much understand you don't want to lose.
I guess you adressed @yaxu here, but I hope it's alright if I also throw in a couple of words I wonder how successful the payment concepts like "pay what you want, but you have to consciously select it" or "we'll show you a popup on the download page" are in comparison with concepts where you might give access to certain parts of a course to paying members either earlier or exclusively. I personally never paid for a course, where the content was exclusive, but I did several times pay for a course where I would get access to the content a week earlier. And indeed it made me value the course more, and I felt more part of it. Anyways, I only have user-experience there and don't know how it's like on the other side . During all these considerations, my feeling is that a major priority may be that in the first place you do want people to learn tidal and enjoy the process of it.
haha, anyways I didn't see much of this forum yet, but it already looks like a great place