So I was wrong… there is an option for this in Discourse that says:
Allow topics to be created without a category.
Which is currently enabled. When you enter a topic without a category it by default gets put into the “General” category:
This is where all the current uncategorized topics go (i’m fairly certain this is because I renamed the original “uncategorized” category to “General”).
The setting however has a warning that says:
Allow topics to be created without a category. WARNING: If there are any uncategorized topics, you must recategorize them before turning this off.
Now I have no clue what the implications of this are. Will it disallow me from disabling it? Or will disabling break the site in some bad way that can’t be fixed by re-enabling it?
Then say we do disallow uncategorized topics… where do people put stuff that is “general”?
My thinking is maybe we do this:
- Rename the current “General” topic to something else.
- Disable the ability to post uncategorized topics.
- Make a new “General” topic that users have to select when posting.
Now I have no idea if this will work or what possible side effects it could have. So i’m not sure if this would be better or not. I need to do a test on some temp Discourse install or find an existing Discourse site that has this feature disabled so I can see how it works in practice.