Continuing the discussion from What is the most awesome plugin for Discourse, that does not yet exist?:
Many development-centered forums have a special thread structure that goes something like this:
- Thread start (introduction, the pitch, the low-down, the proposition)
- First Update!
- Second Update!
In my experience, one out of two things happen:
- The thread author re-edits their topic post completely (and maybe bumps the thread) with every new update, making it really confusing for new readers to follow the conversation since the first replies might be talking about content that isn’t present in the topic post any longer.
- The thread author posts new updates as new replies. This is equally confusing for new readers, because when they land on the topic post they’re totally in the dark about how far this project has come until they get to the later posts.
I’m very open to other solutions to this problem. I propose a plugin based on replies:
Whenever the topic author writes “update!" or “!update” (like GitHub’s issue-closing by comments) in the first paragraph of a reply to their own post, this will be read as a special reply to the topic post: A post update. It could appear as something like this (nevermind the inconsistent text content of the update posts - I got tired):
Now in my opinion the “replies” button of the topic thread is pretty redundant anyways, and could let feature like this take precedence if they are in use within the thread.