As you may have noticed, our forum is currently a list of latest topics, in some cases with some tags:
This was intetionally implemented like this, as in the beginning, categories would be mostly confusing and empty, dictated by us, without knowing which directions the discourse (no pun intended) could evolve towards. Now it may be the right time to organize what we already have into some rough categories. Take the Ubuntu Community Hub as an example of what is possible:
On the left we have categories and a few subcategories, on the right we have the latest topics.
Important to know here is that:
- One topic can be in one category
- One topic can have multiple tags
- We can protect categories (e.g. only the “Staff” can write announcements or FAQ), we cannot (?) protect tags
- People can subscribe to individual categories (e.g. only get updates about announcements)
- First selecting a category could make it more difficult to open a topic, but could also help find an answer before asking. It would also require some moderation to move topics to more fitting categories.
So, if we wanted to use Discourse also as a “Blog”, or integrate some content into our website, having protected categories as a container would be a good idea.
The question is: which categories should we have? My first proposal would be:
- Announcements (or News, or Blog) (protected)
- FAQ (protected)
- Installing preCICE (and adapters)
- Using preCICE (both API and configuration)
- Official adapters (no subcategories, only tags)
- Tutorials and Simulations
- Site feedback
Applying this categorization on a few of the latest topics:
Everything we currently have in the “FAQ” tag, spread among categories. Maybe there is a way to avoid manual labor here.
Installing preCICE and adapters
- Force mapping with OpenFOAM adapter
- Run Fenics adapter of preCICE when FEniCS runs with Docker
- SU2 Adapter for incompressible flow
- Error during CalculiX installation (etime)
- OpenFOAM-OpenFOAM FSI coupling
- Calculate integral values with Watchpoint (or with OpenFOAM)
- OpenFOAM adapter with special Boundary Condition
Tutorials and Simulations
- This topic
My categorization can definitely be improved, this is only to get us started. What problems do you see? What changes would you suggest?