To date, most of the communities we have run have had very low levels of “interest segregation”. Most users have a similar level of interest in most categories.
However, now that http://discourse.mcneel.com/ is picking up steam, this is changing. Some users are VERY interested in “Rhino for Windows” and not at all interested in “Rhino for Mac”.
I have been thinking about how we can better accommodate for different interests within a community. To do this I suggest we add per category user preferences.
Here are the options I think we should consider:
- Highest level of suppression, muted categories do not appear in the “new” or “latest” tabs (unless you explicitly started tracking a topic in that category)
- Medium level of suppression, topics in untracked categories show up in the “latest” list, however don’t have the “new” star on them. The do not show up in the “new” tab.
- Default (what we do now)
- Raise the volume, topics in these categories will ALWAYS be tracked regardless of the global setting. Topics in these categories will keep the “new” star on them till you read the topic.
- This is the highest level of volume, same as tracked. ALSO send an email to you whenever a new topic is posted in this category
This leaves 2 questions
- Is this too much / too little?
- Where will the user enter these settings? UI mocks?