I’ve been looking for a mainly category-less forum, something that depends more on filtering to keep it’s stuff organized.
Discourse is the closest thing I’ve found, but not quite. Reading through the posts I’ve read up on the issue of going completely user-tags, and for that much I completely agree.
But simply one layer of categories doesn’t seem like it’d be enough for my case, and the added “subcategory” option feels like it’s out of line with the whole “category-less” thing.
Would it be possible to go somewhere in-between? Something like 2 “families” of categories, working side-by-side. It’s not really tags, and we get more layers without depending on subcategories.
An example of how this would work would be for example in a support site. The first family of categories would be the product line, and the second would be the type of support needed. A user well-versed with a specific product can filter by the said product using the first family of categories and leave the second one off. A user who needs specific help can use both families to further filter the topics and find a thread relating to his issue.
Of course this can be done with the current system, but here is where things differ. Since both category families are independent of each other, we could have a user who’s well versed in hardware regardless of the product. He could sort using only the second family of categories and leave the first off.
This is of course but one scenario, this system would work even better for my site (it’s a gaming community) and I’m sure it will be the same for many others.
I’m certain this small modification won’t take long to do from my end so don’t take this as a feature request or anything (you can if you want to though). It’s just I’m personally curious as to why everyone decided to go with subcategories when it seems like the whole purpose of this structure was to drift away from that mindset… Maybe the idea was never was never brought up? Or maybe there’s something I’m completely missing and this might be bad for my site in the long run!
Haha, well other than that I’m real impressed with this innovative design. Kudos~~