Facebook-like Feed?

What settings or plugins could enable something like the Latest view except where the widget showed the actual post instead of just the topic headline – kind of like a Facebook feed? Users would scroll down to see latest posts (albeit without context) and clicking would open up the entire Topic in context.

This seemed related but maybe not exactly what I’m asking for:



Discourse doesn’t aim to replicate a social network feed by bringing context-less posts to the main view.

However, depending on your use case you can:


As maintainer of TLP this has nagged me too. I trust you saw we support excerpts and thumbnail previews?

The one major feature that is missing is presenting the post feed immediately below the topic preview without having to change route, “in context” as you say. I’ve not experimented with that idea yet because there have been so many other features to implement and improve, but it’s something I’d like to get to.

I appreciate it’s one of the reasons some people are put off when considering moving from Facebook Groups to Discourse - the immediacy of the former (the other major one being consolidated notifications from all their feeds - though this is somewhat mitigated by Discourse Hub but there isnt a Discourse site for every Facebook Group). However there are still countless reasons for doing so in any case.


I’ve noticed that people at discourse seem to take almost a moral stance against social network-like features, and I’ve been reading and researching to try to understand this better.

What’s wrong with just sharing something that you want others to celebrate and react to? Why would discourse not consider supporting such a functionality like an activity feed? The endless scroll activity feed is what leads to so much success with Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.

I guess the idea is that discourse is meant for serious discussions and answering difficult questions, and not for celebrating accomplishments. For instance, in my company’s Facebook group, the most popular post is people passing their exam and sharing the photo.

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I’m really glad this topic was bumped. For a while now, I’ve wanted to create a social media platform built upon Discourse with a couple of other folks (if possible).

There simply isn’t a software platform out there as powerful and efficient as Discourse is. For example, each and every Mastadon instance is mostly just a carbon copy of each other. On the other hand, that’s the complete opposite to Discourse, which is versatile and extremely customizable.

For now, this #theme is the closest thing you’ll get to a social media environment.

It was widely discussed in this topic.


Have you tried Topic List Previews Theme Component?

It not only provides a more immediate, image-lead topic list layout with excerpts (which is responsive so can be limited to one column on mobile or if you use sidebars with e.g. the Custom Layouts Plugin) but also has a “Portfolio” feature which essentially renders a User Wall so common in social media. This is linked on each users card via a button below the Message button.

If you install the complimentary plugin (“theme sidecar”) you get functioning like and bookmark buttons on the Topic List.

Example site here: https://starzen.space/

Also consider the official Follow plugin to permit users to tailor a Topic feed:


@Decorbuz and @merefield thanks for extra input. It reminds me again why I chose Discourse in the first place - the flexibility, power, great UX out of the box, and open source.

This gives me some great next steps to get my community where I want it to be, especially given that location is so important in ham radio because on VHF/UHF frequencies, you can only transmit so far. So I’m thinking using some location plugins and helping ham radio operators locate other users near them would be really, really great.

Then for the more celebratory aspects / share an accomplishment aspects, I just need some reorganization with a specific topic to create a more real time feed feel.

You can check out my community at https://community.americanradioclub.com if you want to see where I’m at today!