Continuing the discussion from Hey staff, thinking about better ways to manage Discuss:
Re-cap on further discussion for re-organizing and streamlining Discuss…
Simplifying number of Categories publicly displayed.
Limit number of public categories to as few as possible. These are what a new person will see when first visiting the forum if we merged and archived duplicate categories:
All categories displayed by default as a simple list containing:
- General Discussion (could link to
#generalchannel on Slack and / or Discord.
- Classes & Events
There will no longer be a default category (“Discuss”). Instead one must be chosen when posting a new topic.
Tag creation can be restricted to Trust Level 3 or 4. This is so the tags we do want are actually use. Tags only used once can be merged into overall relevant tags such as
Community, etc. so they are actually indexed. This will allow tags to play an integral role in organizing posts so they are easy to organize and find in searches.
- One off tags can be merged with other tags meaning the same thing.
Finance can simply be split as a tag across
Weekly Meeting will be merged with these simple public channels above. What is the best way to do this? Most likely, assign current categories to a group of tags available to whatever public channels are related.
Merge newspace / moving / general
#safemode re-named to
Drama posts migrated to
- If users request a post move to Bravespace… it should move there. This assumes those users are acting in good faith and being excellent to each other.
Honestly, this category could well become totally redundant if groups are used. See below…
Guilds category doesn’t actually need to be public at all as it can merge with
Breaking this down concept down further…
Following categories can be become visible based on joining / leaving groups.
Event-support category can be converted to a tag, even combined with
Discuss re-named to
Discuss Legacy Mailing List group. Read-only mirror of the mailing list. Discussion happen entirely on that literal email list, but users of the forum can opt-in to see posts here.
Bravespace is opt-in via group.
All specific Guilds become groups. For categories, a group such as
@MetaGuild can have their categories visible only once you join their group.
- You can connect with any specific guild groups through mentions on any post or topic. Just write
- Each specific guild sub-category effectively become their own “Safe Mode”. To make posts fully public, just move or post them to a public category: General, Projects, etc.
Aboutcategory becomes viewable to
Site Feedbackgroup. Opt-in to learn more about how the forum setup was done. Otherwise, people can avoid hearing about bike shedding this forum.
Site Feedbackbecomes a tag anyone can simply apply to discussions.
Another thought @themanmaran
Re-write of our forum theme. It could obviously be cleaned up. Adjusting spacing / color palette / placement would go a long way towards making the forum friendlier.
Focus of the forums becomes topics as opposed to categories,