Forum reorganization suggestions!

Current forum categories, in the order that they appear to me on the homepage:

  • Zcash Foundation
  • meta
  • General
  • Market
  • Community Collaborations
    • protocol
  • Uncategorized
  • weekly updates (used by ECC)
  • Mining
    • support
  • Support
    • zcashd client
  • Chinese
  • 3rd party applications
  • Site Feedback
  • education
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Frankly, we don’t have the comment volume to need this many categories. And it’s a confusing experience! So I suggest that we streamline things, with this setup of categories and subcategories:

  • General (absorbs Uncategorized, Market, education, and the non-English language categories — we should install a translation plugin as @paige suggested a while ago!)
    • pinned welcome thread w/ FAQ-style resources
  • Ecosystem (combines Community Collaborations and 3rd party applications)
    • Zcash Foundation (replaces standalone ZF category)
    • Electric Coin Company (replaces weekly updates and gives it a better name)
  • Zcash Protocol (replaces the protocol subcategory of Community Collaborations)
  • Tech Support
    • Mining
    • zcashd
    • Zebra
  • Meta (absorbs Site Feedback)

Thoughts? What am I missing? What should be changed, removed, or added? Ping @moderators but also everyone.

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Good!

“3rd party applications” should be an explicit category in Ecosystem.
A category for “New ideas/proposals/suggestions” (like this one) so that they are organized in on place and easy to review.

The “Welcome to the Zcash forums!” contains useful information/links - however it’s unpleasant to read due to the stripes of the background - I think a popup isn’t the best way to present this information.

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I think by today there is no more need of a mining category itself and it could be implented into the general category as well.

Reasoning: All the latest topics in the mining topic are non-Zcash mining related. Without having miners at all on the forum by today the mining support category as a subforum is even more useless in my opinion.

Agreed with reorg, a few comments:

“Uncategorized” is the default category given to anything that is not filed under a category. There is a setting in discourse: “allow uncategorized topics - Allow topics to be created without a category. WARNING: If there are any uncategorized topics, you must recategorize them before turning this off.”
So someone would have to go through all the uncategorized topics before disabling this.

For reference to the translation plugin, this is the one I was looking at: https://github.com/discourse/discourse-translator
I think it’s worth a shot. I don’t have time for further investigation right now, though. If we want this added relatively soon, someone else should take this investigation on. :slight_smile:

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I would suggest that Community Collaboration remain on its own since it can support a range of subjects

And perhaps the Weekly Updates category could remain independent, re-named to Development Updates (to be for ZF and ECC) as an easy place for lurkers/users to find the latest news about whats going on.

Everything else looks good to me, as Paige mentioned nixing the Uncatagorized may be a bit of trouble, we can make an effort to go through new posts and drop them into categories more often if they forget to pick one.

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I can do that! I only tagged you to give credit for the idea :slight_smile:

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@sonya how do you feel about adopting the plug-in “retort” that Paige suggested here?

The Forum that Could Be

Looks like it’s similar to “reactions” that you see on Slack and the Rocket chat. We can even prune the available Emojis to a few like :slightly_smiling_face: :face_with_raised_eyebrow: :thinking: :slightly_frowning_face: :+1: :-1:

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I like it! I probably won’t have time to follow up on this for a little while, though.