We’re finding that having Suggested Topics below every conversation is confusing and distracting. Is there an easy way to hide that? Or, if not, is there a hard way? Thanks!
That’s an odd reaction, as they are a central design point of Discourse, for a variety of reasons:
The “pot of gold” at the end of reading a topic is… more interesting things to read
Suggested prioritizes topics you’ve participated in/created/watched, so it’s a fast way to clear your read queue without pogo-sticking back and forth to the topic lists.
Suggested gives you a related walk in non-closed topics in the same category you’re currently in. I frequently find things in suggested that I wanted to follow up on eventually anyway.
So I’d suggest you might want to try absorbing the Discourse style a bit longer before jumping to extremes. Losing #2 in particular would be really painful for me as a user on your Discourse, if I’m actually reading stuff at all.
That said, if you want to remove, CSS is probably the way:
Just set that element to hidden in CSS, and you can probably set the # of suggested topics returned from the default of 5 to 1 in the site settings to reduce server load a tad.
Ah, thank you Jeff, that does sound like that may be the way to go once our discourse is more populated.
And thanks for the tip about the # in the settings – setting it to 0 hid Suggested Topics completely. For now.