Discourse (the software we use for this forum) has lots of different settings and possible tweaks. With all of those, plus over 40 new topics and 2000 posts everyday, it can feel a little overwhelming to navigate the forum at first… so I have this plan to write a little how-to “guide to the forum” that might help newbies find their way around and feel more confident stepping in here.
For that, I’d like to know a bit more about everyone’s workflow on your forum visits. What is the first thing you do when you come here? Do you go for a specific tab (Unread, Latest, New, Bookmarks, etc) or maybe a specific category? Have you customized your notifications for a certain part of the forum, or perhaps hid other parts entirely? What settings or tweaks do you feel have made a difference?
I’ll give an example:
- I have made the Unread tab my default tab when entering the forum. That way, the first thing I see when I come are all the topics I’ve subscribed to that have new replies.
- I also have activated the setting that automatically sets a topic to “Tracking” when I post in that topic — if I’m making a post, it’s usually because I’m interested in it.
Please share your experiences below! I hope to include some of these on an upcoming blog post.