Please make Category View the default view


#1

Should be pretty self explanatory. Let me know if any questions arise.

Several people have asked about the default view in conversations I’ve seen. And yes you can set a preference, but if the preference must be referenced that much, it should probably be default.

Also it’ll help users transition from GH.


#2

agreed


#3

the default view as it is now seems fairly complicated to navigate for users not familiar with the layout, and it seems like a pain to navigate even if I was familiar with it.

Category view for default view :slight_smile:


#4

support.


#5

I think it could be enhanced by letting us ignore certain sections as well. For example, I do not want to see new member introductions and would rather have a select few sub-categories being displayed as compared to all of them.


#6

Great suggestion. I assume the new member posts will slow down after the initial wave. But still would be nice to filter stuff out of the feed.


#7

There is also a “My Post” view in Discourse which the Admin should add. This view allow once to see all the threads you have participated in - somewhat like Watched in Geekhack.


#8

Just found this. I’m gonna take advantage of it for sure.


#9

I think it would be great to let us choose the default view in Preferences?

I think people who use PC would want to use Category View, and people who use Mobile would want to see Latest view.


#10

I’ve tested that, doesn’t mute it from categories, unless I messed up somewhere lol


#11


#12

oh, thank you!

new members are new :grinning:


#13

Seems like it worked for me, once I made the change? There’s some new member posts updated in the last 15 min that aren’t showing up for me.


#14

yeah its not updating, but its still there haha. at least for me.


#15

Support. Even though it can be manually set in the preferences, I think category view should be made the default view for new users and guests. If nothing else, it’s a more familiar layout that’s similar to a forum index (presumably most people coming here are from GH).

Also, I’d suggest making dark the default theme, but I understand it’s a preference thing (though that would also help users transition from GH :smirk:).


#16

The people who make Discourse don’t make take these choices lightly. The current default view increases community engagement/participation compared to the category view. This is why we stick with the default, but as @hineybush mentioned above, you can always change it if you don’t like it. :slight_smile:

FWIW, I have added a link to the category view, however, in the Welcome/getting starting page, so it’s easier for new visitors to get a sense of the layout and scope of the site.


#17

That welcome info will be nice. I think it would make more Product Sense to switch to the “latest” view down the line. Because category view would encourage more geekhack users to join the site.

I think it would be an interesting query to run on the backend: grouping and counting what view preference users have set

As I said before. Engagement is one thing, but if all the users are setting it anyway. Then you’re not getting those engagements to begin with, and you’re just adding steps.


#18

would be cool if new members can be greeted with a forum layout type. those that prefer a classical forum style a la GH have the option to select it, or go with the discourse style. I prefer the new layout. took a few minutes to get used to but already loving it. hopefully the forums takes off


#19

or even a pinned post or something saying “do you prefer the classic forum-style view? do this”


#20

I’d like to mention that the category view incorporates the latest view — all of the relevant info apart from users viewing the topic and the total number of views. I can see how the former can contribute to user engagement, certainly; on the other hand, having a handy navigation index right as you open the home page could prove quite useful. Especially when you’re, say, looking to quickly find a GB thread that may not have had recent activity in the past couple of days.