Add a 'Link' category?


#1

I am really enjoying the posts here that are basically sharing links, with URL and summary in the post.

What does everyone think about having a ‘link’ category to file these under, since they can span a myriad of categories?


#2

Okay, this was only three years ago, I am ready to move on it!

@tim, we have the beginnings of a process for creating new categories. Could you help me by brainstorming the intro post for the category? :slight_smile:


#3

I have no idea why, but the intro post for this is hard! Ok…

Sometimes you find something online you want to share. This is where you can share it. Paste in the link in the title and let Discourse do the rest. Add your thoughts regarding the content of the link… or not!

Something like that?


#4

Dur, sorry, there is a template! When one creates a category, the first post is giving this template:


(Replace this first paragraph with a brief description of your new category. This guidance will appear in the category selection area, so try to keep it below 200 characters. Until you edit this description or create topics, this category won’t appear on the categories page.)

Use the following paragraphs for a longer description, or to establish category guidelines or rules:

  • Why should people use this category? What is it for?

  • How exactly is this different than the other categories we already have?

  • What should topics in this category generally contain?

  • Do we need this category? Can we merge with another category, or subcategory?


Thanks for the first go @tim! I will think about this and edit it tonight. I want to include a thing that mentions that links is a default place to share links to other sites, so folks can share without thinking, but that we will move the topic into a different category if we think it makes sense.

Yeah! There is a reason I am not thinking up new categories all the time! Well, that and the lack of need… but yeah, I am putting these through #meta so we can make them more helpful for people, and not just following the latest novel idea I generate. :slight_smile:


#5

Oh yeah, do we want to name it something else? The Linkery?!

Links might be best, but I was gonna make post new topics in that category to a trust level. My thinking is anyone that gets to that trust level will likely understand what the links category is, regardless of what we call it.

So fielding names. :slight_smile:


#6

Okay, The Linkery is live, and can be quickly accessed at #links. :slight_smile:


#7

You’ll notice some topics are closed in #links. My bad! I was overzealous in anticipation of folks signing up just to share links, so among the many settings I configured one was auto-closing threads. It is only a few, so if anyone wants to discuss them, we can re-open or start a new thread.

And my new policy is to chillax. :slight_smile: