I use the web view of Discourse exclusively (I don’t want email notifications at all). So basically in order to see “what’s new”, I fire up Discourse, and look at the “Latest” and “New” links at the top of the front page.
I did that today and there was nothing new. Fine. But I started browsing and found that there were a whole load of messages in the “Users” category. I’m not sure how many of them I was actively interested in, but I was worried that I didn’t even know those conversations were going on (some of them were questions for Steering Council candidates, that I would like to have spotted before I’d voted).
So what I’m having real trouble finding is where I can see a view that says what’s new since I last visited the site - ideally by category, but a summary page, not “go into each category in turn”. I’d also like to better understand what “Latest” and “New” show, given that they don’t show everything new.
Essentially, I’m looking for something similar to what I get in my RSS reader (or email client, but let’s not get sidetracked by “why doesn’t it work like email” discussions ) showing “unread items” across all my feeds and groups (where I’d consider “everything” in Discourse to be in my feed). Do I need to somehow “subscribe” to each category to get shown unread message counts? (I’m not talking about subscribing for email alerts, I know about that and don’t want it - I’m talking about whether there’s anything similar that I’m not aware of that affects the web interface).
It’s quite a frustrating problem, as tracking that it’s going on is a variation on the “knowing what you don’t know” problem.