I’d also love to be able to control content in the email digest, specifically suppressing categories.
I’m involved in the wrap up of a pilot project using discourse at a small college. We want to publicize the topics in the forum, particularly those related to campus events and discussions, by sending users a daily digest. We think this forum is wonderful, however the unexpected popularity of the housing and roommates/lost and found/for sale categories generates a lot of content in the digest that many users find ‘trivial and annoying’.
Keeping ‘found cat’, ‘bike for sale’, or ‘seeking vegan roommate’ type messages from being sent to thousands of users, while retaining content related to campus issues and events would greatly increase the value of this digest for many users, and in turn drive more people to the forum. I understand users can mute these categories, but in practice it seems most are simply turning off (or junk mailing) the digest never to return again.
Also more details on the digest creation algorithm would be appreciated.