I applied for the Solana Collective about a week ago and I haven’t gotten any word back. The form said that immediately after submitting the application it would grant access to the Solana Collective Discord, but it never gave me an invite, and nobody on the normal Solana Discord even knew there was a Solana Collective Discord.
I also asked a couple of times on Discord about getting admin access to the forum, but nobody knew who the forum admin was, and otherwise the sentiment for those there seemed to be that Solana doesn’t have the bandwidth to maintain the forum and that it should be shut down completely!
I strongly believe that the forum is important and avoids a lot of the issues of Discord, which seemed a somewhat hostile environment due to the stringent spam rules: no posting links to projects, no newlines in posts, no asking about available freelancers. I understand the rules on Discord, but the forum can be more lenient by allowing multiple categories to prevent people from stepping on each-other, and keeping project promotion in its own spot, etc. Not to mention making it way easier to organize ideas and topics.
Anyway, I sent a message to the 4 users on this forum in the @admins group making a case for the need of the forum and asking for rights to help organize the forum. We’ll if that message gets through and what happens after that.