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[POLL] Question to users about how you read this forum


#21

and that isnt what this thread is about, its for how you browse the forum, not how you prefer pins


#22

Thanks @Goalkeeper and @kewldude007 — I didn’t know that was possible.

The point still stands, though. If I’m interested in a topic I’ll read and follow it (which this nice system automatically does for me). If I’m not interested then I won’t read it and it will go away — like it should. Seems like that system is working perfectly fine to me.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

I don’t see what problem the extra pinning is fixing. It’s merely amplifying the personal interests (pushing the personal agendas) of those with pinning privileges. How does the community benefit from that?


#23

Correct. It is 100% my subjective opinion whether or not I pin something

this is more of those leader guidelines that are not public


#24

Pinning highlights a particularly interesting thread, or a thread that has potential but could see some more love. If you don’t like them, just unpin them.


Can't unpin a certain post in Latest
#25

My order of operations:

  • Notifications
  • New
  • Unread
  • Close tab

#26

Eventually, we’ll have someone who’s stitched together the entire handbook from our screenshots.


#27

you’d think discourse would be more self documenting


#28

It is, but I was talking about the slow leak of internal documents to the public. :stuck_out_tongue:


#29

Level1leaks


#30

@kewldude007 keep doing what your doing ( has little impact and those who do not like it know how to make it go away.) all aboard the guess that pin train.


#31

Globally pin everything.

The beauty of Discourse is that each individual user can un-pin topics for themselves only, whenever they want. I suggest including a little note saying “Hey, you can click the thumbnail icon to un-pin this.” in every pinned topic, that’s what I do on the Discourse I admin.


#32

The reason I don’t do that is so users are not constantly having to unpin threads to clear out their latest feed. Categories are a different story because we have 67 of them.

It’s a compromise between “Don’t tread on me” and “All your pins are belong to us”


#33

From the poll literally zero people use the categories view exclusively, and less than half use it at all. I don’t have any categories muted here, so I would see everything in the latest view anyway. So would pretty much everybody else unless they mute a category, and in that case they didn’t want to see it in the first place.

I would only bother pinning to specific categories if they’re restricted, say you have a category for Patreon supporters only or something. Otherwise it’s just mental overhead that won’t actually change how most people use the forum.


#35

Administratively it’s useful asit will tell you how many threads are pinned globally or in a category before you pin them. Since there are a number of pinned topics in categories if these were global it woudo say there are 50 pinned topics when in reality 48 of them are unpinned for most people now.


#36

From my perspective these pins are only for new users


#37

They are in order of latest reply.
In order of creation is only on new.
New threads can be buried fast on latest.


#38

I agree with this somewhat but so far even when the topic isnt necessarily relevant to me its usually obvious the OP has put some effort into their post. I dont know how I feel about it yet exactly but I think a good post should be rewarded in some way.

Given that the pins (so far) are temporary I think I’m ok with it. The content of said pinned threads has been pretty good. I think frequency matters here a lot as well. If temp pinning is happening in threads often that could start to become more of an annoyance.


#39

Again, you can un-pin topics yourself. If you see a pinned topics for weeks, it’s because you wanted it there or didn’t know about unpinning in Discourse. And now you do.


#40

Generally not more than a few days, and generally when someone sees something they think is well done and a portion of the community would appreciate. And I think it’s a nice gesture to the creator.

The blender thread for example I thought was a great idea and some people may like to join in and not miss it so I pinned it for a couple days over the weekend until Monday.

For more community/L1 focused topics these may be pinned for longer.


#41

For the most part I agree with everything but there are definitely ways I can think of where this is not good.

  • it could set the expectation of good thread = pin
  • it means you have to unpin the topic if you dont want to see it
  • it opens up the possibility of favoritism
  • it could unnecessarily draw attention away from other threads which could have also been very good
  • those against the idea might dismiss a topic they would have otherwise been involved with

inb4 you dont know that

This is all conjecture in my head. I’m not saying this will happen.