Categories are pretty powerful in Discourse. There’s the category-level ACL system, which we don’t need too much of, I don’t think. They can be nested, which I don’t think we’ve tried. Perhaps most importantly though, people can pre-filter what they get emailed about at the category level, which would give people license to post more freely in some categories than they would on the mailing list for fear of spamming uninterested people.
I’m vaguely happy with the categories we’ve got, but I can’t help but think that someone out there will have a brilliant idea for how to do a better job with them. Especially after we get a little experience and practice using this system.
So I thought maybe I’d invite a bit of brainstorming (and/or bike shedding) in this thread. Any specific proposals or general thoughts on how we should organize VHS Talk’s categories?
Personally, I think we should have at least two members-only categories. Something along the lines of VHS Admin and VHS Members Discuss or Chat or something. The first being the sort of low-noise forum that vhs-members was supposed to be, the second being more like how we actually ended up using it.
Really what I’m looking for with that second one isn’t an exclusive members-only discussion area, but just a non-public discussion forum where we can have discussions that are open to the VHS community but that won’t get picked up by search engines. Like a private version of General lounge, but open to anyone who wants in, or even anyone who registers an account on the site.
I think I’ll sticky this one for a bit, because I’d really like to see what we could dream up.