Follow Category Button

:discourse2: Summary Follow Category Button replaces the bell icon on category pages with a user intuitive “Follow” button
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What Does It Do?

The Follow Category Button theme component replaces the traditional bell icon on the categories page with a more intuitive “Follow” button.

Here’s how it works:

Why Use It?

This component aims to improve user interaction with categories by making it more apparent and user-friendly to follow important discussions with a click of a button and optimizing for sane default.


Translation Default
follow_category_button_title Follow
category_options.notifications.title change notification level for this category
category_options.notifications.watching.label Following
category_options.notifications.watching.title Watching
category_options.notifications.watching.description You will automatically watch all topics in this category. You will be notified of every new post in every topic, and a count of new replies will be shown.
category_options.notifications.watching_first_post.label Following
category_options.notifications.watching_first_post.title Watching First Post
category_options.notifications.watching_first_post.description You will be notified of new topics in this category but not replies to the topics.
category_options.notifications.tracking.label Following
category_options.notifications.tracking.title Tracking
category_options.notifications.tracking.description You will automatically track all topics in this category. You will be notified if someone mentions your @name or replies to you, and a count of new replies will be shown.
category_options.notifications.regular.label Follow
category_options.notifications.regular.title Normal
category_options.notifications.regular.description You will be notified if someone mentions your @name or replies to you.
category_options.notifications.muted.label Muted
category_options.notifications.muted.title Muted
category_options.notifications.muted.description You will never be notified of anything about new topics in this category, and they will not appear in latest.

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Last edited by @JammyDodger 2024-06-12T17:35:31Z

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This will work perfectly with user custom feed.
like you show only the posts from the categories you are subscribed to as homepage feed.

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Can this be done for tags also?


Please add follow bell on category page.This helps users quickly follow a category, similar to how social networks are doing

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Have you already seen this


thank you, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time ^^ really happy that discouse always updates useful features and listens to everyone’s opinions.

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To me (if I hadn’t read this post) this Follow button is confusing.

I think it would be more clear if the button text also made reference to what you would be following if you click it – something more like

Follow This Category or Follow the Xyz Category or just Follow Xyz

Or, the button text could be configurable in the settings.

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It is. You can change all the strings in the theme translations section