- React to posts
- Explore featured content on “Best of the Forum”
- Redesigned “Recent discussion”
- Right sidebar on the Frontpage
- “Popular comments” on the Frontpage
- Updated recommendations on posts
- Improved author experience
Most of these changes are aimed at broadly improving discussion dynamics and surfacing more high quality content on the Forum.
I'd love feedback on these changes. You can comment on this post or reach out to us another way. You can also share your feature requests in the feature suggestion thread.
React to posts
Reactions on comments have grown in popularity since we launched them two months back, and we've now added reactions to posts. One of the goals of post reactions is to allow readers to share feedback with authors without the effort of leaving a full comment.
Just like for comments, agree/disagree reactions (and regular upvoting/downvoting) are anonymous, while other reactions are non-anonymous.
Explore featured content on “Best of the Forum”
We have a new “Best of the Forum” page that features selected posts and sequences curated by the Forum team. It replaces the Library page in the left navigation on the Frontpage (you can still explore all sequences on the old Library page).
New users often feel overwhelmed by the amount of content to choose from; I’m hoping they will be able to use the page to find highlights and get a sense for what the Forum is about. Experienced users who visit the Forum more rarely might also be able to use it to catch up on top posts from the last month.
Redesigned “Recent discussion”
I've redesigned the “Recent discussion” section on the Frontpage to use a timeline UI to highlight what type of update you’re looking at (new comment, post, quick take, event, etc.).
The “Recent discussion” section is popular among heavy users of the Forum — helping people keep up on recent activity and find discussions they’ve missed. But we’ve found that many Forum users were confused and overwhelmed by it. This redesign aims to clarify what "Recent discussion" is about, and make it easier to parse.
Right sidebar on the Frontpage
We’ve added a right sidebar to the Frontpage to highlight resources and make it easier to find opportunities and events (we'll add and remove resources based on usage and feedback). Logged in users can hide the sidebar, and you can update your location to get better event recommendations.
“Popular comments” on the Frontpage
Users sometimes miss out on great discussions taking place on the Forum. To help surface these discussions we’re trying out a “Popular comments” section. It features recent comments with high karma and some other signals of quality.
You’ll find the section below Quick takes. As with most other sections on the Frontpage, you can collapse it by clicking on the symbol next to the section title.
Updated recommendations on posts
Below post comments, you’ll now find:
- More from this author
- Curated and popular this week
- Recent opportunities
We’ve been experimenting with recommendations on post pages. We’ve tried a few things (we decided to get rid of right-hand side recommendations since usage was low and a few users found them distracting) and are now adding recommendations to the bottom of posts. Like previous recommendation experiments, we’ll monitor user feedback and click rates to decide next steps.
Improved author experience
Add custom text to social media link previews
Authors can upload an image to use for link previews when their post is shared on social media (or elsewhere). Now authors can also set the text that shows up in those previews. This won’t affect the text of the post.
Linkposts have been redesigned
When you want to share a linkpost you now click on a tab on the draft post page and add the link inside of a grey block. Published linkposts will display the grey block at the top of the post.
Many users were confused by how linkposts worked (both during post creation and when reading a post). It was hard to tell what it would look like once you publish, and the link in the published post was styled as if it was part of the post’s body. The new design tries to make the draft page as similar as possible to the published post.
Prompt to share your post after publishing
To make sharing your post easier we've added this brief prompt. It appears in the bottom right corner of the screen once you hit publish.
Useful links on draft post pages
We’ve added a small banner in the top right of draft post pages to make it easier to find answers to common questions.
Share your feedback
Let me know if you have feedback or questions about these changes. You can comment on this post or reach out to us another way. You can also share feature requests in the feature suggestion thread.
Thank you to everyone who gave input on these designs, and to the Forum team.