I was thinking about adding a category on a new forum that could risk being very noisy. The basic idea is similar to what is described here: Wanted: Discourse Hacker News Plugin
My concern with adding such a category is that it could dominate the latest page if people post too much. But I don’t want to discourage posting anything interesting here. And I’m not sure that I want to completely hide the category from latest, because that could also damage its usefulness.
So the first thought that came to mind was adding a setting on categories that would limit how many topics show up on the latest page… Sounds like a simple approach, but it has some issues. Let’s assume we put the number
5 into the forseen
If it were really noisy, those topics might always be newer than everything else. So they’d just be stuck at the top of the topic list… not ideal.
So, what if instead it was a
limit_percentage_of_latest box instead? And so if I put
10 in the box then at most 1 of every 10 topics shown on latest would be from this category?
Well that opens a small can of worms since chronology will get disrupted in some fashion.
Which leads me to think the best way to approach this problem is to come up with a tab that isn’t exactly Latest. Rather than the strict chronology we’re used to here on discourse and on twitter, I imagine a more facebook-like approach would be necessary. On this ‘Newsfeed’ tab, strict chronology would not be a promise or an expectation. Instead, what is displayed would attempt to balance different content, taking user preferences into account based on what they read more of, who they interact with more, plus some influence from the moderators on what they want to see promoted, etc.
What do folks think of this idea?
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