Group inbox on a group's page (mockup)

planned

(Alex Armstrong) #1

Use case

I can visit a group’s homepage. From there, I can send a Message to the group. But I can’t see any of the conversations that we’ve been having. This is counter-intuitive.

Solution

There should be a tab, alongside Members and Activity, that displays that group’s inbox (if it’s available). Like this:

I think this is so critical, I would making it the default tab that you see when you enter the group.

Background

I’ve added Groups to the main nav because I’m slowly shifting from using private categories to group PMs. Adding the inbox to a group’s page would make groups a lot more useful. It’s an issue that my users have found confusing. When they want to send a message to a group they have to go to “Messages”, not “Groups”. (Both are options available on our site’s top nav.)


Suggestion: Hide/show group inbox via user preference or group admin setting
(Jeff Atwood) #2

This is a good idea, can you take it @tgxworld?


(Alex Armstrong) #3

I’m switching some groups over from Basecamp to Discourse. Basecamp’s Message Board is more streamlined than Discourse’s group messaging, so I’m preparing my users for some rough seas ahead.

I was wondering, though, what’s the ETA for the implementation of something like what I mocked up here? 1.10?


(Sam Saffron) #5

This is an actual issue we are already experiencing in our internal usage. Looking through our community inbox (a group I do not belong to) is a pain due to the UI being in the “wrong mode”. We support cleaning this up.

However it is not slotted to a release yet, I anticipate this happening somewhere between 4 weeks from now to 6 months from now unless one of our enterprise customers pushes us to have this earlier.

For the record, messages exist as a filter under: /activity/messages in groups its just that the UI mode is wrong, it should display the same as it does under a user’s profile complete with the archived filter and a top level tab.


(Jeff Atwood) #6

I believe this is currently being improved @tgxworld?


(Alan Tan) #7

Yup :slight_smile: Almost done I just need to add new test cases.


(Alan Tan) #8

Merged in

@alehandrof Feel free to provide any feedback/bugs on the group messages page.


(Alex Armstrong) #12

Hi Alan. This is great news! I’m currently organising a face-to-face event and that’s taking up most of my waking hours. As soon as that settles down a bit, I’ll take a look at the merged changes and get back to you. Apologies for not being able to respond more quickly!