New User Tips (experimental feature)

In the latest beta of Discourse you can enable a new experimental site setting that will display user tips explaining the most important features of Discourse.

To enable it, navigate to your site setting and search for “enable new user tips”. At this moment, we are still experimenting with this feature and created user tips just for the first notification and topic timeline, but will continue to add new ones in the coming weeks.

At this moment, there are user tips for:

  • first notification
  • topic timeline
  • post menu
  • topic notification level
  • suggested topics

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Notes

  • The previous “first notification” tutorial was replaced by the new one (before / after):

  • Users can hide all tips from showing them in the future by pressing the don’t show me these tips button.

  • Users can show again all their user tips by going to their preferences and clicking the Show user tips again button.

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My favorite new feature this year. Nice work :raised_hands:

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How can I translate it to spanish? Thanks!

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I think they’ll be translated along with the other core content in due time, but they’re all grouped under js.popup js.user_tips if you want to get a head start and change them for your site on the /admin/customize/site_texts page. :+1:

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Generally via Contribute a translation to Discourse but for the next one or two months you can’t contribute for spanish, you can only translate locally for your site if needed, as Jammy suggested.

Spanish translation, along with other common languages, is currently under translation and proofreading by a translation agency and translations are pushed into Discourse once a week. See Translation and proofreading disabled for some languages for details.

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Awesome feature!
Discourse offers so many functionalities that this type of tips will be very helpful.

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With the latest update of Discourse, we have added three more user tips. Existing users will not see the tips unless you hit the Show user tips again button from :gear: Preferences → Interface.

What do you think?

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It’s brilliant. We enabled it recently and it really helps a ton.
On Software AG Tech Community & Forums we used a bit of css to add an image and make it more sweet:
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Is there any way we can get involved and help to add more tips, i.e. submit pull requests. I can immediately think of several functionalities that can be added as most people would miss them.

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If you add your suggestions here they’ll definitely be considered. :slight_smile: :+1: Which features did you have in mind?

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@nbianca
hi, can I make the background of the first notification dark as before and make it mandatory to click on the notification?

First Notification the background

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Here are several I can think of :slight_smile:

  • That avatars on the topic lists are clickable and then you can click the user name/avatar again, which will show much more information
  • The search button in the top navigation and the search filtering options
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  • User settings and preferences (they are a lot) (when logged in)
  • Category/tag notifications button with the bulb (when logged in)
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  • Quoting functionality
  • Mention functionality
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Maybe here it could also say that clicking on the top date will jump to the first post, and clicking on the bottom date to the latest reply (I think few people know about this feature).

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any way to override this for all my community? I wanna put them all through the user tips again no matter how long they’ve been on board :slight_smile:

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Check out: Edit a user preference for everyone or a subset of users

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don’t have rails access to my discourse instance… was hoping for a “show new user tips once for all users who’ve never seen them” setting :slight_smile:

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