This week, we’d like to talk about one of the most important features in our forum: Categories. You see these on the left side of the forum homepage upon login, whereas the right side shows a list of new and active discussions across all categories. These features enhance user experience and engagement, especially for new users curious about what is going on in the community.
Why do we need categories in the first place? Well, it’s a simple way to prevent conversational chaos, especially in an ever-growing online community. It’s best practice to consider the following guidelines and rules before creating a new category in the forum:
- Why should people use this category? What is it for?
- How exactly is this different than the other categories we already have?
- What should topics in this category generally contain?
- Do we need this category? Can we merge it with another category or subcategory?
Currently, there are about 11 categories on the forum. We’d like to brief you on some of the major and active categories you may find interesting:
- General discussion – These are general discussions not specific to other categories. It’s a good place for new users to skim ongoing discussions and make new friends with existing users.
- Official Announcements – This is solely for announcements related to the Cyber Republic. It’s best to be skeptical of any news not coming from official channels such as the Elastos website and Cyber Republic blog.
- Cyber Republic Consensus – This is for discussions around council members and secretariats, the constitution, and supernode elections. Please note that the CRC will be the primary channel for the community to raise suggestions and ultimately take direct part in the allocation of Cyber Republic funds.
- Developer Discussion – This category enables developers to share their knowledge and discuss technical questions. Although the use of English is preferable, it is not a requirement. Some of the ongoing topics are Elastos carrier, sidechains, browser, hive, DPOS, etc.
- Partnership Discussions – The community network is vast, and this section of the forums recognizes the connections people may have and encourages active steps be taken to build on these connections. For the time being, the primary discussions center around Elastos, Viewchain, and IOEX development as well as Bitmain merged-mining.
- Global regions & countries – if you wish to create a category that is country-specific, this is where you can do so. Currently, there are 33 countries to choose from, and if you would like to add a new region or country, please message an admin.
- Cyber Republic Teams – as you may be aware, both Empower35 and CRcles have been changed following the recent CR Suggestions launch. Team recruiting can now be carried out through this section of the forum. Users are encouraged to start organizing and advertising their own teams for a particular project or to recruit others. The best teams and proposals for the teams can be submitted as suggestions at https://www.cyberrepublic.org. Please note that suggestions are the prelude to proposals and the most popular and important suggestions will be picked up by council members for further development.
- Off-Topic Discussion – You can talk about anything in this category, but content will be monitored for civility to encourage a healthy environment for everyone to feel welcome. Some of the active topics under this category are “The first global recession that crypto is going to experience?” and “What is your new EOY prediction?”
Finally, now that you’re familiar with the different categories available on the forum. Here are some Preferences you can set for your account:
- Watched – You will automatically watch all topics in these categories. You will be notified of all new posts and topics, and a count of new posts will also appear next to the topic.
- Tracked – You will automatically track all topics in these categories.
- Watching first post – You will be notified of the first post in each new topic in these categories.
- Muted – You will not be notified of anything about new topics in these categories, and they will not appear on the categories or latest pages.
Hopefully, this information makes your forum experience better. The Cyber Republic would like the forums to contribute to building up the community into a thriving and active center of CR discussions and interactions.