What should the procedure be for posting things that fall into multiple categories?

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Hi @CAM-Gerlach. I noticed that you moved the above announcement to the new “Events” category. This is fine, since it’s obviously an announcement for an event :slight_smile: but I was wondering what the procedure should be for posting things that fall into multiple categories on this forum ?

The reason is that I had wanted to explicitly make core developers aware of the event.

BTW: Up until today, I had not known about the “Events” category. I think it’s a great addition, but it could probably deserve a bit more visibility. In my settings the tracking defaulted to “Normal”, so I would also see postings if mentioned directly. Not sure whether that’s something in my settings or the category’s settings. I think defaulting to “First Posting” would get event posting in front of more people.

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(Split this out to a new topic in in the meta category; hope you don’t mind)

That’s a great question, and something I was thinking about myself as it just came up in another thread recently, albeit for a somewhat different reason. As far as I’m aware, Discourse doesn’t have a built-in feature for cross-posting, aside from just making two separate posts.

However, while it may be a bit of a hack, if you want to ensure that users watching two different categories get notified of a thread, you can post it in one category, wait 15 minutes, and then edit the OP to change the category to the second. While it won’t show up for users manually browsing the category afterward, it will notify users set to “watching first post” or higher in both categories, and should (AFAIK) also send emails to users in both. This is, effectively, what ended up happening in this case, though not entirely by design.

I actually didn’t realize it was present either until several weeks later, when I happened to see it, and I’m one of the three-ish active mods. Seems like there could have been a post on Discourse Feedback (which could be renamed #meta or similar) or another existing category announcing it.

However, as far as I’m aware, there isn’t a built-in feature to change default notification settings for a particular category for all users (users have to set this individually), though there apparently are some plugins that enable this.

This does sound like a hack indeed :slight_smile:

I did some research on the topic of cross-posting for Discourse, but there doesn’t appear to be a feature or plugin which supports this, so the hack will likely do for the time being. Thanks for mentioning it.

It looks like a feature was added for this some time ago (if I read the posting correctly): (Obsolete) Set category tracking level defaults historically - sysadmin - Discourse Meta

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One other thing I’ve seen people do is pick one category to post the “main” copy, and then post a link to the original post in any other categories they want to have visibility of the post. That seems to work fine for web-based use (where the link is easy to click) but may be a bit clumsy for people who rely on email notifications.

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Ah, I see. In that case, maybe its something the @admins can check in to?

Yeah, I’ve seen that as well. Additionally, users can request mods lock the cross-posted threads to avoid fragmenting the discussions (e.g. by reporting their OP or at-ing them).

Hmm, it might help that a bit if users also quote the original post in their message, instead of just linking it?