Nesting categories in three levels

Right now, categories can only be nested one level, either in root, or nested under one parent. For a new forum we’re planning, it would be really nice if we could nest three levels. Is that something that might be “easily” enabled and/or is planned for the new future?

ie, I’d like (made up example):

Brands > Apple > iPhone
Brands > Apple > Mac
Brands > Google > Pixel
Other Root Category > Other > Other

thanx!
marc

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Just to relate my own experience, we started our forum with lots of categories and subcategories, but after a year, we’re actually moving in the opposite direction – eliminating subcategories in many cases and using tags instead. I’ve found tags to be far more flexible, and their use surfaces content that users might otherwise miss by not looking in the “proper” category or subcategory.

Just something to consider!

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Have you considered using tags to structure things beyond the subcategory? It’s something that works today as-is.

AFAIK there are no plans to go beyond subcategories, it has been discussed many times and the benefits just aren’t there.

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It is a long story but we will be adding three levels as it comes up too often for enterprisey clients.

To me it is a clear case of “be careful what you ask for” but then some people willingly eat blood sausages, so… :man_shrugging:

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Those are delicious :yum:

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Jeff,

that is excellent news. we have thought long and hard about using tags, but I believe three levels of nesting are the right solution for what we wanna do (especially since categories do up-merge, i.e. the parent shows all posts from all its sub categories).

Do yo have a (guesstimated) time line? I know you cant make any guarantees, but are you thinking in terms of next week, next month, or next year?

thanx!
marc

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Somewhere between next month and next year, but you can certainly make it happen faster by signing up to a enterprise plan with us :wink:

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Is there something comparable to that for self-hosting? we’re not really in there market for stopping to self-host, but that doesn’t mean we’d not be open to financially (or otherwise) contributing…

We occasionally take sponsorship for big features if we know we want to build them just can not justify cost at this second.

But fair warning, this would be expensive to sponsor, we are talking about 2-6 weeks of work at our current hourly rate. If you have budget to sponsor the whole thing, sure you can contact us at team@discourse.org

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Gotcha. that’ll probably be a. bit out of the scope for the project we have this in mind for, but we’ll take the option under consideration… Thanx!

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any idea on an ETA on this one ?

It is still on the same state:

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Raising my hand for this feature, please.

We’re actively working on this at the moment. It will likely be available in the early new year.

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Oh, snap. I finally just convinced myself to switch to tags. This is an emotional rollercoaster. :grin:

You’re better off with tags. This is basically the “I enjoy hitting myself” site setting when enabled.

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How would I use Tag instead of a nested sub-category?

Have you had a read through A comprehensive guide to Discourse tags?

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