PSA: Big improvement to my Discourse Experience: Watching First Post


#1

I use Discourse mostly as a mailing list - I read through using my email client. Previously I had enabled “mailing list mode” but that generated a huge quantity of emails, mostly for topics I wasn’t interested in. I could unsubscribe from individual topics, but that takes multiple clicks and when scanning through 30 threads is kinda a pain.

My new strategy is to use the “Watching First Post” feature on pretty much all the categories, so I get an email with the first post of any new topic. Then I can subscribe to the ones I’m interested in. Basically making it opt-in instead of opt-out.

I also set it so that when I reply to a topic, it automatically sets it to “Watching”. If I replied that’s a pretty good signal that I’m interested in that topic.

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This has cut down dramatically on how long it takes me to keep track of the things I’m interested in on Discourse.

edit: ack - accidentally posted before I had typed anything.


#2

Nice, thanks for the tip!