Some folks who user Discourse Follow are interested in being able to get to feeds for individual users more easily from their sidebar.
How might we do that?
discussion in chat
I think it’s unlikely we’ll tackle this before we do this other feature: Ability to add a custom section of links to the sidebar
So we may want to revisit this after that rolls out to see how well it alone meets this need. It’s possible we’ll want to build upon that by making it easier to add a follow feed to the sidebar with a single click, and/or to have some fancier logic for showing counts of new activity if a custom link is for a follow feed, etc.
I had this in mind with some earlier sidebar mockups — at one point we had a separate
Groups headings in the sidebar (the idea for V1 was that these would just be links to
We’ve since consolidated and put these links under the Community section, but the idea was that these would eventually be extended by plugins to work similarly to the categories/tags sections.
So for “Users” we’d show the users you’re following, have a little count to show when they’ve posted content, and on click you’d see their new activity. We’d also have a
All following link at the bottom to see the consolidated list (
Personally I’d like a little more optional flexibility for follow notifications through this too — at the moment you get notified when someone you follow posts new content, but it would be nice to have the option to not get a full user-menu notification, but just a count in the sidebar.