Is there a way to keep all of the art submissions in one topic that is stickied. I say this because all of the normal topics get completely buried by the art topics (and sometimes there can be 10 or more art topics on top of a normal topic!). Not really a big deal but just wondering if there is something you can do for the sake of clutter and organization.
I hope you don’t mind, I made your private message into a public topic for discussion with the community.
Currently the Contributions category is used to discuss new contributions to the Panzer Dragoon Legacy website. Sometimes it will be months, or even years, before these contributions are ready to go on the site. Many contributions need further discussion before they are ready. It is useful for me (and other admins) to be able to filter the contributions by topic so that we can see which cases have been resolved or not. For example, this filter shows which topics have yet to be “solved”:
How about this: when we click on forum it brings us to two separate categories: “Art contributions” and “Discussion”. Solo, I think you had the forums sort of set up this way back in the past. But, now you will only need two categories to separate the art, from the normal topics.
That way the normal topics wont get buried under all of the art contributions…
One option is that you browse the Categories view instead of the Latest view, which works more like a traditional forum - e.g. you select a category, and then a topic in that category. Some Discourse forums have the Categories view set as the default view, which is possible. I personally prefer the Latest view, as it allows me to see every new topic at a glance. Would using the Categories view solve the problem for you, @legaiaflame?
The problem with only having two categories is that it’s useful to be able to sort by “Panzer Dragoon”, “Other Games”, etc. We already have many more categories than two.
Well, by default when anyone goes to the forum the art is always going to be burying the normal topics because there is more art than normal topics.
And like you said: it’s nice to see all the new topics in every category in the same location. If I clicked on lets say only the “Panzer Dragoon related topics” I’d only see that and might miss a “Sega” topic or an “Other games” topic.
It’s just the main problem is the countless art submissions are taking the fore front and it’s annoying to have to scroll down 7 or 8 art contributions to get back to the normal topics. It’s very cluttered imo. And sometimes there can be 10 or more art contributions filling up the forum.
We might be in a discussion about say Panzer Dragoon Saga and then the next day it gets burred under 10 art submissions…
If you made two subdivisions from the forum link, “art” and “Discussion” there is no way we still wouldn’t be able to use sort by new submissions in the “art section” and sort by “Panzer Dragoon”, “Other Games”, etc. in the “Discussion” section? That way all of the new art contributions could be in one neat place.
You would just have two separate branches. With the sort by “Panzer Dragoon”, “Other Games”, etc. still being contained in the “Discussions” branch.
First is the question of whether a piece of fan art should be considered a topic of discussion in its own right. While I’ve (hopefully) presented a case that justifies this, I am open to alternative ways of organising contributions (but I’m not going back to discussing contributions via email, PM, or chat - these are an organisational nightmare that does not scale).
The second issue is, assuming that we are going to keep having individual art topics, how they should be presented by default. It would be somewhat misleading to hide them from the “Latest” view by default, so this isn’t really a clean solution to the clutter issue that @legaiaflame brought up (if this is indeed a problem for others who continue to use the default view).
The third issue is what to do with the (non-default) categories view. We might be able to implement subcategories. This is apparently possible in Discourse. So a possible solution would be leave the default “Latest” view as-is, but set up sub-categories that people can “drill down” into in the Categories view. Here’s an example of a Categories view with sub-categories.
To the best of my knowledge, Discourse supports categories, subcategories, and tags for organising topics. There are no forums, it is all one big forum. There are some muting options we can apply too, but there’s the question of how that would work without obscuring something useful.
Let’s all have a think and sleep on how this could work (within the Discourse feature set). We have to consider how everything works together, not just individual problems. I would like to hear from others as well, as I’m hesitant to change how things work on the request of one member.
My thoughts are that promoting discussion should be of the utmost importance on a forum, so making it easy to find topics and jump in should be the goal here. To that end, I agree with Legaia and judging by the amount of comments that the art topics get they don’t instigate conversation themselves.
Perhaps the best way to proceed would be to make the contributions category private for moderators, as it is primarily moderators that create these topics. We can then use these posts to keep track of contributions, and when they’ve been added to the site perhaps an ‘Updates’ topic could be updated (perhaps this could be where all updates to the site are posted too?).
And if anyone other than a moderator posts art etc in their own topic, well, that’s fine too. We can tag these (I think) to keep track of them. It means looking in two locations (‘Contributions’ category and ‘Contributions’ tags) but perhaps the trade off is worth it.