And, while we’re at it, the OP/mods/TL3+ being given the ability to manually include/disinclude posts from the summary would be nice. Especially if they could turn off all non-manually-selected posts for a truly customizable summary for topics that might benefit.
What if staff aren’t actively participating because almost all of them are focused on a Discourse server running alongside the Discourse instance, and the OPs we have are the kind of people who are extremely likely to take advantage of such a feature?
Correct, but as a community you have a choice as to whether you visit and post. The payoffs must be outweighing the problems if you’re still compelled to participate.
Anyhow, this is a tangent - as @codinghorror has already pointed out the algorithm which selects posts already includes the opinion of staff as to what should be included. Maybe if you can incline others to try the feature you can garner other feedback which might be useful. My principle concern is with others finding the button.
I hear you, but part of the advice we explicitly give staff is that they need to make participation part of their daily routine too…
Leadership comes from the top. The presence of staff speaks volumes about whether your community is alive and thriving. Don’t just say you believe in this community, demonstrate that through your personal participation and enthusiasm. Lead by example. Reply to questions people have, help your community learn the ropes, gently guide and shape the community as you go.
Ideally access from the topic progress/timeline. Failing that something in the topic controls. It’s a great feature but it’s only visible directly below the OP, so it’s easily forgotten and horribly underused.