A few pretty quick things to talk about today, with some input wanted on each:
As announced last week, the site now has native scheduled topics (which need to be configured by me). There have been a couple of these posted now, with the most recent one being today's "What are you reading these days?" topic in ~books.
Here's the schedule that I have set up right now. Times are in UTC (Pacific time is UTC-7 and Eastern is UTC-4).
|~talk - What are you doing this week?||Monday, 15:00|
|~games - What have you been playing?||Monday, 16:00|
|~tv - What have you been watching?||Tuesday, 16:00|
|~anime - What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga)||Wednesday, 16:00|
|~books - What have you been reading lately?||Every second Thursday, 16:00|
|~creative - What creative projects have you been working on?||Every second Thursday (alternating with ~books), 16:00|
|~talk - What are you doing this weekend?||Friday, 15:00|
|~music - What have you been listening to this week?||Friday, 16:00|
These were all pre-existing topics that had been getting posted consistently. The timings are a bit arbitrary, but somewhere around 16:00 is usually the time the site starts getting more active each day, and I went with every 2 weeks for ~creative and ~books since I think people don't change through those as quickly.
There are a few other topics I think would be good too, let me know what you think or if this is starting to be too many:
- ~comp - some kind of "what programming/technical projects have you been working on?" topic, for talking about both work and personal projects
- ~health - the "fitness weekly discussion" that @Gaywallet started today
- ~movies - another general "what have you watched lately?" one
- ~games.tabletop - @aphoenix's weekly discussion
One other question I wanted to ask, since I'm doing some work related to it: Is there any reason for people to still be able to post new top-level comments in old recurring threads? I'll definitely still allow posting replies to existing comments so conversations can continue, but I can't really think of a reason why anyone would need to post a new top-level comment in any thread except the newest, and may just disallow that to keep people from inadvertently posting in the old ones.
I deleted the three ~science subgroups (~science.formal, ~science.natural, ~science.social) and moved all the topics back into ~science. These were confusing (I had to keep checking which branch certain subjects were in), and the activity level across the science groups really isn't high enough to need 4 groups.
I also deleted ~hobbies.automotive and moved the (very few) topics from it back into ~hobbies with an automotive tag. The group was getting less than one topic posted a week, and doesn't seem necessary yet.
One other change I want to make but haven't yet, because I want input first: I think I'd like to move ~creative into a sub-group of ~arts. What do you think of calling it ~arts.original? Any other possible names that would work better as "content created by the poster?"
Finally, I've also just deployed a change that starts showing a "content type" on each topic. Currently it doesn't do anything other than get displayed in the listings, but the plan is to be able to use this for searching, filtering, and similar purposes. This will be able to cover the common requests like "I'd like a way to see only videos", and will also make some other things easier to customize (for example, there's no need to show word count on Ask topics).
Here's the list of content types that are shown right now, but I'm fairly sure that I'm forgetting about some others:
- Ask topic
- Text topic
Update on Oct 11: if a type for a link topic isn't detected, it will display "Link"
What other types of content get posted to Tildes that aren't covered in there?