The topic list doesn't need a category column

This was one of the first changes I made with my theme.

Completely agree with shifting it below topic, it reduces clutter and “sort by category” really makes very little sense even though Josh sometimes uses it :slight_smile: … I am definitely not against ninja ?order=tag and ?order=assigned and ?order=category but it is totally in the ninja department.

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Certainly helps consolidate things. We made the change early on as well. Makes sense to provide a consistent experience between mobile and desktop. We have many more users on mobile devices these days anyhow.

I think the category under the topic also helps provide context when quickly scanning topics.

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Something else to think about: Should we show both the parent and subcategory name now that we’re not confined to a narrow column? At that point we’d be even more consistent with the titles on the topic page…

It’s a bit of a trade-off, this creates more noise on the topic list… but it does make the category/subcategory relationship more apparent.

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Possibly, I would phase in the change first before further tweaking.

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If you can visually indicate their relationship then absolutely. If there’s no inference of parent/child there’s a risk that it will look like it’s in multiple, or that categories are actually tags.

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Removing the category column would have the additional benefit of getting rid of the colspan=2 of pinned topics. See here:

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Are we clear to phase this change in later this week? @pmusaraj will we be clear of Font Awesome 5 changes?

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Yes, we should be clear of FontAwesome changes sometime this week.

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As we are 99% clear on the FA5 change, this change is now live on Meta and in master:

My first reaction is that it feels much “airier” and less like the complaint we sometimes get about being an Excel spreadsheet :wink:

https://meta.discourse.org/t/discourse-is-intimidating-to-begin-using/14967/4

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I very much like this change :sunglasses:

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This would certainly be in line with the action on the topic…

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Have we experimented with the various displays of categories yet with this new design, does the box style still fit nicely and not impede the topic title?

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It still fits, but the existing box style is definitely more distracting with this layout

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It might be worth removing the vertical padding

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Also, what if instead of this:

we did this, for maximum :rainbow:

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I think we should pause on anything other than minor tweaks to let this change get absorbed and tested for a few days:

  • don’t change line category style
  • slightly dampen box style in topic list (very minor tweak)
  • keep categories bold for now
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Keep in mind that makes categories look very similar to tags, and I think the distinction between the two is still necessary, but that might be my own bias.

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I think the fading out will be even more import for dark mode

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I agree with Kris and Régis - (once this settles a bit) categories have too much emphasis on read topics.

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Yeah, anything that moves us away from this Excel thing is great for me (I got this same feedback from first time Discourse users).

Also, moving desktop UI closer to mobile UI should make everything more consistent too.

Loving the change.

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