our pals over at Discourse are always releasing new updates, bug fixes, and new features for all the sites they power. Here are some recent ones that I think are relevant for us. Your input is needed on one of them.
1. Do Not Disturb
First, there is this one that each user can use for themselves (copypasted from Discourse):
Do not disturb is here
Discourse now allows users to enter do not disturb mode (DND). While in DND, desktop notifications, push notifications, and emails are not sent until the user leaves DND mode. Notification bubbles are also hidden from the user avatar in the site header.
You can enter do not disturb for a specific time period of 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or until the end of the day. You can also go to your notification preferences and set a daily notification schedule, and be automatically placed in DND mode during times outside of your notification schedule.
There is a button under the profile tab in the user menu which opens a modal.
2. Slow Mode for topics/threads
This is one for “staff” (ie. @moderators) to administer, and I want us as a community to discuss if and how it should be used here. The option is there, should we use it? What are some good examples of when it would be good to use it, and how? What are potential pitfalls of using this setting, that you can think of, and what would be possible negative outcomes?
Text & image examples grabbed from Discourse:
Topic slow mode
We added a new slow mode for topics that are heating up. Staff can enable slow mode [for any given topic]. When enabled, users will have to wait for a staff configured period of time before being able to post again.
3. Automated e-mails
Also, just as a quick update as we have had lengthy discussions about e-mail newsletters and privacy issues before: The default option across Discourse forums afaik has been for the mailing list mode to be enabled for each user, which has meant that each user has had to individually and manually find the correct opt-out setting in their site preferences. This has now changed, so that the default is that mailing list mode is disabled. Meaning the automated digest emails will go out to even fewer users than before.
I think that’s it for now. I’ve posted it directly here on the social board rather than first having a closed discussion within the moderating team, so this’ll be news to the rest of those guys as well. If we are to use Slow Mode on here, we need a community consensus on some ground rules, so please do share your thoughts on that one.
wr / admin
Editing in a little PS: I’m working on a deadline so not continuously online here, but will check in to see your replies every now and again!