Tutorials category and frontpage

btw. speaking of moving topics between categories (if you decide that it is a good idea): i don’t know if you can do it in bulk, but if that’s something what would have to be done manually topic by topic, i’m volunteering to do that.

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After using a little the site with the categories by default, I’m not quite convinced that it looks good, I don’t know why, but it looks less welcoming and too noisy.

Some other opinions will be welcome. About the Guides categories, I’ll create the category later and see how it can be visible in some way.

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The first Discourse forum I ever used had Categories view as default, and I’ve been switching to it on other Discourse forums as soon as I could, because it doesn’t feel as desolate, and because when I come to the forum to find specific information or to make a post, it makes it easier to get started. When browsing casually, as I suspect a lot of us regular visitors do, the Categories list is pretty useless, but I still prefer to have it there. However, I also only use Discourse on PC, so I have the screen space to make it work. On small screens, Categories add a whole bunch of extra scrolling before you get to any posts, so it’s probably not a wise default, unless Discourse lets you set it as default only for people with larger screens.

Is there any sort of mode that shows the categories and the most recent few posts in each one, like some classic forum software do? I think that would be a good default, as it’s less visually cluttered but delivers similar information, while also showing users what kind of posts are in each category.

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The mobile version shows something like that (boxes with 3 or 4 posts inside). I’ve changed the Categories page to show something like that on desktop. What do you think? Is not that bad :thinking:

As a side note, I’ve just created the Guides category.

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This could work, but I think

  1. The old categories style should remain available, as it’s more useful for casual browsing
  2. It needs styling changes, as it’s inconsistently styled with the other categories, and at least on the dark theme, it’s a bit hard to read because the thread titles are styled as regular links rather than as the larger, higher-contrast thread titles elsewhere.
  3. It doesn’t seem to distinguish between topics that have new posts and those that don’t, that’s a problem.

i kinda like it!

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:thinking: It looks like just one style for the Categories page can be selected (and cannot be customize from the user’s preferences :frowning_face: )

I think the style is correct in the mobile version, but in desktop it looks like they preferred to show links as regular desktop links to know that they are actually links. I have tested some changes but it didn’t get better. I’m not sure what to do here.

It looks like there is an indicator for topics with new posts:

I’ve also stablished a fixed order for the categories (instead of showing categories with new posts at the top).

Aye, there is, I noticed it after making my post. It’s really not enough ):

Unfortunately it looks like Discourse generates entirely different HTML for mobile, so this might take more than just some CSS tweaks to fix, it would take tweaking the HTML to output different classes, and it doesn’t look like it would be a trivial change. Ugh.

Hi everyone! ^^

I was going to ask if we could maybe add a new category for extensions (like (dithering patterns)[New pattern fill / new dithering matrix - #6 by JJHaggar], or palettes, or any other thing we could make in the future), but after seeing the new main page for Aseprite community, I think we probably have too many categories :S

I totally understand this feeling:

Maybe some of them could be merged together?

For example:

  • Announcementes
  • Help & Guides
  • Artwork
  • Bug Reports & Feature Request
  • Development & Site Feedback
  • Scripts & Extensions
  • Uncategorized

That would be “only” seven categories XD What do you think? :slight_smile:

(Also, the fixed order for categories looks like a very nice idea to me ^^)

hi! imo merging help and guides would render the whole idea of guides pointless, because it will create the same issue which made me to come up with it in the first place: help understandably generates a lot of threads, which means all the old - often valuable - threads will be moved down and no one will find them.

other than that i’m not against merging categories. i took a look at usage of categories and managed to cram them into 6 sections:

  • Announcements & Site feedback — both rarely used (23 anouncements in total and 2 per month side feedbacks)
  • Guides — (unknown)
  • Help & Development — help is the most used category by far (23 threads per month). development is technically help, just more specific and some people already put questions from development to help category anyway (2 per month) [note]
  • Bug Reports & Feature requests — this merge might have a sense for david as these might be his most visited categories? (8 and 9 per month respectively, 17 per month total)
  • Scripts & Extensions — (6 per month + unknown)
  • Artwork etc. (etc. = uncategorized) — uncategorized seems to be just full of threads people didn’t bother to categorize, be it help, feature requests, development etc. i’d personally prefer if a new thread had to have a category. (9 per month for artwork and 3 per month for uncategorized) btw. i have artwork muted, so it’s hidden in my list.

[note:] here’s another thing which confuses me from time to time: by description the scripts category is the place to ask questions about scripts, but i personally always felt more inclined to put script related questions to help instead and leave scripts just for publishing.

so, maybe it’s worth to consider to have categories solely for posting specific “info” (announcements, publishing of scripts, extensions etc.) with possible related discussion in these threads and then have everything being “question” or starting with “i need help with…” in help no matter if those are questions about scripting or compiling or functionality of aseprite?

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I see, that is indeed a problem, yeah.

I’m wondering @dacap , could we maybe “pin” or “stick” posts so they won’t go down and get lost? Can it be done on on Discourse? (I’m too old, I just know about the good old forums XD)

If we can “pin” some posts (or even just one), that could solve the issue! :slight_smile:

Some thoughts about this:

  1. I prefer to keep the new Guides category (instead of merging it with Help)
  2. The only change that I would like to introduce is “Scripts & Extensions”, and make the category only to publish scripts/extensions/plugins (and use Help to ask for help about the Lua API).
  3. The development category is confusing (should we use for C++ questions? Lua questions? a devblog?) and probably something to remove (I would prefer to use GitHub for technical questions, and even more when they are completely related to compilation problems)
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I’ve been using the new Categories front page and unfortunately it only marks new threads but not new replies, so I’ve been missing most of the new posts on the forum. I think the previous version of it was more useful, since it had both the categories and the content from Latest.

I agree that this forum should have fewer categories listed. It would make the Categories page a better default, since it wouldn’t be so overwhelming. However! They don’t need to be merged - Discourse supports nested categories, and these are all linked rather tidily in the Categories list. Here’s an example from another forum:
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that’s true… on the other hand i just came from section Unread(1) - haven’t missed anything so far.
but yeah, if there was a way to highlight threads with new replies, it would be better.

In one of the latest versions of Discourse there is a new layout (subcategories with featured topics):

But we would need to re-organize everything in subcategories. Not yet sure.

About the style for new replies, I’ll ask in the Discourse forum if that is possible.

is it me or is that new layout actually even more spread out than the current one?

I’m not sure about this, I think I saw new replies (not immediately, but I’ve to check this again in some way). I almost lost some unread topics, but that was because this long weekend (Easter). I’ve re-configured my profile to show notifications for all unread posts (Consider topics new when = I haven’t viewed them yet) and that shows me a lot of unread posts (it took some time to show me the unread messages, it looks like the notifications are generated in some kind of periodic job):

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I have the same setting, but only new topics get the blue mark on the Categories page, not old topics with new replies. I’ve had to go to Latest to see anything involving new replies. Of course, I still get personal notifications when I watch topics, but that’s not the same as seeing recent replies in untracked topics, like the Latest page and old Categories page show.

Yeah, the style doesn’t change with new replies (but the topic is bumped). I asked in the Discourse forum but got no answer.

About the Categories page, I think the current frontpage (Categories w/latest topics) is not perfect, but is less noisy than the default one (Categories + Latest), and Latest page already show the information of the default one.

I’m not sure, but it looks like the default Categories + Latest frontpage doesn’t offer any extra information than the Categories w/latest topics, but it has something better: it looks like there is activity in the forum.

I’ll make this: Make “Latest” the default as initially, and then think about some kind of header to show the main categories (Help & Guides).

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