@ace, I’ve noticed several threads recently that have been miscategorised as
Article Comments when they should have been
TidBITS Talk. I’ve been re-assigning them as I see them, but it actually means I don’t see these conversations until they’re quite old. I might be the only one, but I actually check out new threads in very different ways based on their categories.
I notice that if you create a new post from the TidBITS Talk homepage, the first category listed is
Article Comments. I wonder if some people are just choosing the first category there so they can post their topic?
Is it possible to change the order that the categories appear in the new post dropdown?
Maybe preferentially, is it possible to prevent non-TidBITS staff from choosing the
Article Comments category?
Yeah, this bugs me too, and I fix it whenever I notice too.
The order of categories in that list is set by usage, I think, and since Article Comments has 2572 topics and TidBITS Talk has only 2547, they’re in that order. If we get more TidBITS Talk topics, it will sort above. I’m a little surprised they’re that close, actually.
(Interestingly, I do have Discourse set to list categories in a particular order, which does put TidBITS Talk first, Site Feedback second, and Article Comments third. But that apparently isn’t honored in the list of categories when creating a new post. Seems like a bug—I’ll have to ask.)
I could restrict posting in Article Comments to TidBITS authors, but what worries me about that is that we infrequently get new authors, and I might not remember to add them to the right group. But there are other issues if I don’t remember some setup step with a new author. Still, that’s probably the solution.