Add long site description to about page

(Christoph) #1

As discourse becomes more and more popular, I increasingly find myself teleported to sone discourse forum via some link. And one of the first things I usually want to know is: Where am I? What is this forum about? And unless the site admins have done an exceptionally good job in formulating the essence of their site in a single sentence in site description (which is shown on the About page), it’s often not that easy to really understand what that forum is about.

How about adding a long site description field to the site settings and show it on the About page?

(Jeff Atwood) #2

So your argument is that a second, even longer field… will somehow get filled out, when the shorter, already existing field does not? :thinking:

(Christoph) #3

LOL, well, what I had in mind was not so much that the site description doesn’t get filled out (in my experience it usually does) but that it’s shortness is often not enough to convey what the forum really is about, especially when it’s something innovative/uncommon. For two reasons:

  1. It requires some thinking to boil down the essence of your seite into one sentence.
  2. If the site owner comes up with something decent, chances are that it’s more of a slogan than an actual description.

But even if the problem were that the short field doesn’t get filled out (or in a useless way), I would indeed think that there is at least a chance that the long field would get filled out. It’s so much easier to describe your seite in many words than to come up with an elevator pitch.