On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 4:11 PM Oscar Benjamin <oscar.j.benjamin@gmail.com> wrote:
On Tue, 4 Aug 2020 at 23:03, Brett Cannon <brett@python.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 8:41 AM Wes Turner <wes.turner@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I confess that I don't even know how to subscribe to all threads of a discourse.
>> - [ ] How to subscribe to all threads of discourse
> Go to the category you care about, e.g. https://discuss.python.org/c/packaging/14, and if you look in the right side next to "+ New Topic" you will see a bell. you can click that and choose to what level you want to follow new topics (only new threads, notification of all comments, direct notification of all comments, etc.).

What I haven't quite got my head around is: what exactly is the
"workflow" with discourse if you are a regular follower/contributor on
some forum?

Do people who use it a lot begin by going to the forum website?

I go to the website (I have a folder of bookmarks that I go to every morning, right-click on, and select "Open in Tabs"; one of those tabs is discuss.python.org).

Do they get the email notifications and interact via those?

I personally don't.


I've been working with discourse in the latter mode and from that
perspective it seems inferior. If the expectation is that I have to
begin by going to the website then that changes my fundamental
approach. Right now I subscribe to many mailing lists and they all
route to an IMAP folder. When I feel like browsing them I can go in
and skim messages from a wide variety of mailing lists.

The other process seems to be that I begin by choosing to go to the
discourse forum website in order to look at messages in a particular
forum that I actively choose to look at at that particular time. If
that's the case then I would inevitably end up following fewer mailing
lists/forums since each one requires a momentary active decision from
me to read that particular list. I can imagine that that might reduce
the wider participation that is a big part of the purpose of these
lists. Maybe other people would be more likely to follow things that
way but I certainly wouldn't.