I like what instagram is doing a lot and think we should maybe learn from it.
Each time a new major feature is released a “New!” appears in your story, touching it will tell you more about this new feature.
I propose we do the same with a new pinned topic each time we think we have a new major feature “COMMON USERS” would need to know about.
In the recent events of discourse I think that
HTML pasting and
local-dates could have made a good use of this for example.
It should probably go with a site setting to enable or disable it.
Technically it would probably be some kind of seed we will add and create if some conditions (global setting activated, this specific setting is activated on the forum…) are reached.
This thought come from a discussion with @david on making people use
local-dates more. I think it’s Discourse job to make the feature the simplest possible to use, but also to give the tools to “educate” users. We currently do a good job to communicate new features to forum owners but I think we still lack on communicating with end users.