Kanban Board Theme Component

Urgh, how clunky indeed! Thanks for the heads up I will give that a try!

we’ve found a strange bug. we were telling users to look for a ‘tasks’ which is what i changed the tab name to.

they couldn’t find it as the tab was still called ‘board’. Only for new users though, admins and mods saw a tab called ‘tasks’ - leading to a Monty Python sketch trying to work out why they couldn’t join in as guided.

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It would be super handy if there was some way to have a due date, but that might be a whole can of worms and taking things a bit too far maybe!

Trialling this as a way to allow our community to engage with tasks that I’m working on as the Community Manager, keeping things in one place instead of across multiple Trello boards - so far so good!

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@david I’ve made another PR to support subcategories in the params of a board in categories mode.

@tobiaseigen Yes, it’d be nice to have a kanban mode for the tickets plugin. We can chat about that in the tickets plugin topic. However I would just flag that the real issue there is finding someone I can mentor who wants to become the fulltime maintainer of that plugin.


I’m getting a kick out of the kanban board, having installed it properly in my personal forum to manage home improvement projects. :slight_smile: Some thoughts:

  1. Yes, @angus - let’s see if we can find someone to take on the tickets plugin so we can get a killer dashboard going for managing tickets. To be discussed over there. However, I can see the kanban theme being amazingly useful for messages and assigned even for those who don’t have the tickets plugin installed.
  2. It would be nice if the display categories setting for the theme could be updated as was the Knowledge Base Theme Component yesterday. Not a big deal, but much easier!
  3. Is there any way to have the board display by default for kanban categories?
  4. I like the display of Untagged - so useful. :rocket: The syntax for the setting is a bit weird but for those who follow, this worked for me: improvements:tags:new,underway,resolved@untagged
    • Likely hard, but if the “about topic” could be ignored and not displayed in the Untagged list that would be nice. (ah - it is possible to just give it another tag to have it not display).
    • would be nice if Untagged column did not display if there are no untagged topics to display
  5. Likely hard, but the ability to order topics to prioritize them would be nice. Maybe the priority tags could be used for this? E.g. topics tagged high would be displayed higher up than low.

I’m running into a small issue - when in board, sometimes when I click away from the category I see other categories with the board view instead of the usual latest. There is no board on the menu, but it keeps coming back until I hard refresh the web browser.

How my kanban looks currently. Nice to be getting organized!


You could add a tag … due-20190905-10300-UTC and automate that process.

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I’m looking forward to when we can move topics vertically :slight_smile:


The issue with cards sometimes not loading is something we see as well.

I think it tries to fetch them and sometimes it time outs. If so, a conditional loop to start the function again if it receives a time out message would fix it.

@david I’m sure you must be busy, but when you have time I have two open PRs. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to improve them and / or help.



Thanks @angus, they’re both merged :smiley:


Hi can this component be used in a way that only certain groups can have access to the Kanban board view? If not, how can I get this view to work on a private (group-only) category? When I leave the category input in the settings blank, the board view is applied to all categories — public and private, but when I specifically type in the private category, the board view does not show. Thoughts? Guidance?

Hi Joshua! It is possible to use this view in categories limited to certain groups. Or are you talking about using it in categories where topics and the usual topic lists are visible to everyone but only some people can see the kanban view?

If the latter… then the answer I think is no. I don’t see a way to do this now but it seems like a handy feature request! :rocket: Can you explain your use case? What are you trying to do?

I elaborated on my previous post, above, with an edit. Now to your question on use case: my forum is for humanitarian engineers to share knowledge and resources publicly, then privately though groups, work on designing solutions with one another. We’re testing it out with a drinking water supply design for a community in need. We would like to turn the design-related topics into tasks, so that a proper project management can occur. Kanban view would be awesome here!

So, I’m thinking if I can assign the kanban component to private (group-only) categories, that would provide view as an option, and allow project management in those categories.


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This is definitely possible and it is how I use it. See my screenshot, noting the category I use it in and the default display mode for that category. You need to review your settings, most likely. The admin interface can be a bit confusing. Feel free to post a screenshot here.

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I was able to get this to work, with both the Assign and Tickets plugins, as well. Thanks for your help!


I am also experiencing this. So far it happens if I navigate from a topic to a top view, it displays as Kanban even though I have not enabled it for top view. If I refresh it switches back to latest, as expected. I am afraid this might be very confusing to our users as we are just testing this out. Any tips?

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I have the same issue of the Board view showing up when I click on Latest after visiting the main categories page until I refresh the page.

This component also seems to break rendering completely in IE11, but I guess Internet Explorer won’t be a problem for much longer.

@david and @angus I was wondering your thoughts on our tag-page modification and whether it could be merged with the main branch?

it’s working perfectly on our install and there is no discernible difference at all between the categories and tag-pages, they each can use kanban boards.

as a community of volunteers we sometimes have people who can keep our branch updated, and sometimes we don’t, so i worry it’ll fall behind.

Here’s our Git: https://github.com/artysidorenko/discourse-kanban-theme

It was up to date until your most recent update

Also, while i’m here is there somewhere to post and vote on feature requests? We’d like to suggest, and collaborate in making it more usable on mobile devices with a zoom in and out feature (to give a full overview), and long-press to pick up and move a card.

Later on we’d also like to propose and help build an optional Burn up or Burn Down chart to really give the team an overview of their progress

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Sounds great! Please submit a pull request for the tag page support and I’ll get it merged :slight_smile:

This topic is the best place to discuss feature ideas, better mobile support would certainly be pr welcome


@david I don’t think that i can