I am proposing the following design concept as an alternative to the current home page or the current
/category page. This design is inspired by Google News and other sites with digest-ee layouts. I’ll quickly describe the 3-column layout.
- Column 1: Hierarchical category listing; uses indentation to show hierarchy.
- Column 2: A scannable list of top topics, showing preview of text & image, with normal inclusion of stats.
- Column 3: Category listing; based on the current
For those who would like to iterate on this layout, you can download my balsamiq mockup file.
The main motivations for this kind of layout are to provide content previews that will tease users a bit more than the current topic listing. Also, displaying the full category hierarchy is helpful to give users a better sense of the content. In general this layout gives users more information about the content of the site and individual posts directly from the home page.
This layout certainly would not be appropriate for all Discourse sites, so how it is to be activated in settings or elsewhere is unclear to me.