A user on our forum recently replied to a post I made a while back:
Also, unlike in Slack, it’s no big deal if you pick the “wrong” category. We can just move the topic later if somewhere else seems like a better fit
Mmm, I love this, and I had no idea that “Uncategorized” was a legit place to start. I assumed that finding a suitable category was required, and that I had to get over that barrier to entry.
They’ve been around for a while and only just realized this, so I’m looking for ways to integrate that “education” into the flow of the UI, rather than just relying on word to travel.
Here are some things I’m considering doing:
Update the “Uncategorized” description
I know I’ve done this before, but I can’t for the life of me figure out where it lives now…
OK, found it at
/admin/customize/site_texts/category.uncategorized_descriptionand updated it to:
Topics that don’t need a category, or don’t fit into any other existing category. If you’re not sure which category to choose, that’s OK, we can move it later!
- Have “Uncategorized” show up in the category list, even when already selected.
Currently, when “uncategorized” is selected in the dropdown, when you open the dropdown, it doesn’t show up as an option to choose. This means the category description above is not visible unless a different category is chosen first, so using that description to reinforce the message that it’s OK to choose uncategorized is less effective. I’m guessing this would need to change in core or via a theme component, but haven’t been hacking on Discourse for a while…
- Moving the category and tags inputs below the body input in the composer
Just encourage folks to start typing out their thoughts, and then to choose the best category and tags to describe afterwards, if possible. Is that something others have done before? Any tips on how to do that?
Anyone else out there feel like (2) or (3) would be valuable changes to make? If you’ve do, or if you’ve done so and can point to a theme component or tip on what customizations to make, I’d appreciate it. Thanks!