Suggestion: watched category auto-set when added to group

It would be helpful if there was a setting when setting up a Group that let me set a Category that should be watched for any User that is added to the group.

We are a non-profit using Discourse to manage volunteers groups (and replacing mailing lists). When a person volunteers to join a group it would be easier if the category dedicated to discussion for that group started automatically notifying her of new activity. She can un-watch it if she wants, of-course, but it gets her started easier in the group flow.

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These two plugins (, do that, though they need to be customized by modifying the code rather than in system settings.

Let me know if you want me to do that; it’s probably an hour or two, depending on how many groups we need to configure.


My first goal is to see if it can be seen as valuable enough to adopt as a core setting.


I wrote an RFC in this vein a while back:

Haven’t been able to find the development time for it yet, though.


If it was a plugin would it fit into the UI of the Group Settings screen? Forgive my ignorance of how seamless plugins can be in the UI.

This is now it built-in!
See Make members of a group watch a category by default - #92 by sam