Forum Organization, Infinite Scroll, and Human Nature
I was analyzing some statistics on my forums and came across an interesting observation.
What's interesting is the # of Posts by Forum chart on the very bottom.
Everything Else is actually a forum that I created and put it on the very bottom. Other is a combination of all forums not listed. What’s interesting to me is that this confirms my suspicion about human nature in that most people don’t want to spend a few seconds and think about which forum to post in. It's too much of a "structured" disturbance to the "unstructured" mode their brain is in when they are about to type a post. I experience the same thing when typing a blog post in that I type the blog post first, then come back afterwards and pick a title. That’s the way social media is structured as well now that I think about it, with less organization and more focus on unstructured content with the ability to scroll infinitely.
I still like the structure of separate forums for SEO purposes because the forum names get built into the URL. It also gives people to subscribe to notifications for only the stuff they care about.
But it makes me think of two potential features that could be added to wpForo:
1. What if there was an ADD TOPIC button on the main screen where all the forums are listed. Rather than pick a forum, then add a topic, a user could just click ADD TOPIC. They would still be forced to pick a forum (a required field above Topic Title), but reversing the order would fit better with human nature.
2. What if the Recent Posts page (click here) could work more like social media where each post appears with the entire post content just like it does on a Topic page. Infinite scroll would also be nice here, just like social media does.
Just some thoughts. It's this kind of usability stuff that already makes wpForo stand out in my opinion (like how clean things are on mobile). Just looking for ways to make wpForo even more user friendly.
One of the users in my forums creating a post asking about creating a Slack Channel instead of using wpForo. I had a phone conversation with him today and realized that wpForo has similar features to what he likes in Slack with the exception of the ability to infinite scroll through a social media style feed like I outlined above in #2.
@robert - Would #2 above be a difficult change to make to the Recent Posts page? Extending it to display the entire post content and adding infinite scroll seem like simple things to me, but I'm not a developer.
Sweet! I'll check that out! I'm using Simplified layout currently.