I’m on another website which uses Discourse and I very much like it. I’ve also discussed with the owner of the website and he gave me the okay to ask about this here. The issue is that, especially for newcomers, and since there is no quick way to know users’ activity/contribution, everyone looks like new members.
It would be great if, in the user card (the small rectangular box when you click on a user’s profile icon), along with ‘Last post’ and ‘Joined’, there would also be ‘ received’ and ‘Posts’.
Knowing someone’s past activity/contribution has many uses, and while the join date can be used for this, it may simply mean that the account was created, but the user hasn’t posted much or hasn’t returned. Also, I guess you could go to the full profile page of each member, but doing this takes quite a lot of time compared to simply clicking on the profile icon (and you also have to leave the thread you were initially reading).
A few reasons why ‘ received’ and ‘Posts’ are useful:
- If you see that a member doesn’t have many posts, it can help you understand his/her posts better, or more importantly, adjust your replies accordingly (be more helpful).
- Vice versa with long-time contributors.
- Knowing that a user has participated/contributed more—and even more so if he/she has lots of likes, or when comparing the number of posts and likes—can help you pinpoint good users, so you can read more of their posts, or read their posts more carefully.
- Having lots of posts but very little likes could be a small reminder to try and post more valuable content (quality rather than quantity), or to improve the quality of your posts in general.
Something along the lines of (I hope you don’t mind if I use your profile card, Joshua ):