Allow switching of categories in a topic


(Stuart Alexander) #1

Currently when I am in a topic, I am limited with what I can do. I can’t create a new topic and I can’t switch to a different category.
This forces me to press back or click on the category / header to return to root menu and then switch to a new category.


(David Maxwell) #2

You can switch to a new category using the hamburger icon at the top right. Not intuitive, but it’s there…


(Stuart Alexander) #3

Would be more intuitive if the way you switch categories is always the same. IMO there shouldn’t be multiple ways of doing something.


(Jeff Atwood) #4

You can also create a new topic using Reply as New Topic in the right gutter. Just delete any pre-filled text if you don’t want the new topic to be linked to the current one.

Also, there should always be at least two ways of doing something, but not too many more than that.


(Stuart Alexander) #5

FWIW, I LOVE the reply as new topic function, really helps keep people on topic!
But I’m more talking about the switching categories function. Hiding this function under the “hamburger” button isn’t great usability IMO.


(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #6

Do you have an example of other forums doing a better job of this? I’ve never needed this feature much so no forum with a good solution to this immediately comes to mind.


(Jeff Atwood) #7

It’s really common to group less used features (or the app menu) under a hamburger button. You can see it on Google Chrome for desktop and Android, for example.

(Although in android they changed it from 3 horizontal lines to 3 dots, sort of a sideways ellipsis…)


(Stuart Alexander) #8

True enough, but nav normally doesn’t go under those buttons.
Perhaps I use categories more that average? for example on this site I frequently flip between feature, ux and bug to ensure I’m putting things in the right place.
On my discourse, I use categories (and subcategories) to switch between events (it’s a message board for festivals). So I want to make the nav between these contexts as friction free as possible.
Considering that we stick the current category to the top nav bar on the left, putting a pulldown control here instead would seem to make sense? You could even display the number of unread topics in these categories?

I had a look at other forums, and I didn’t find any that provided easy access to switch between categories. That doesn’t necessarily make it a good thing though!
Do other people not switch between categories very often? Interested to find out if I am unique in navigating around like this?