Yes, it’s about seeing each post content. The topic title only tells you part of the story… Interesting things may happen behind that title. Maybe the title is not interesting for me, but a post inside that topic is.
In my opinion (and I realise that I may be the only one that thinks like this), the main issue with forum platforms is that they try to limit discussions, not encourage them. You have topics and categories to try to stop people from being “offtopic”. This is not a bad thing, but the way this is implemented in all forum platforms today is very bad. Because it stops people from being creative, from engaging in interesting conversations, from discovering new things. Too many contraints and too little guidance. People have the tendency to expand and to explore, so we should allow them to do this inside our communities. That is why I strongly believe that topics and categories should not be “closed boxes”, but just “guiding lights” (sorry, English is not my native language and I could not think at another metaphor ). And in my mind, the only way to achieve this is to focus on posts and not on topics and categories. Topics and categories should only be used for filtering posts and nothing more.
Because Discourse it’s about “rebooting forum platforms”, I think there is a good opportunity to think about this kind of stuff. Before finding out about Discourse, I’ve started to put this idea into practice using Drupal, but I realise now that Drupal is not good for such a task. So now I’m seriously thinking to switch from Php to Ruby and RoR and try to implement this using Discourse. The only problem is that I don’t find people who think the same as me But then again, I remember Henry Ford and his quote: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”