2 Level-Announcement-System & Announcements in discussion view
I recently ran into the problem that users tend to start new discussions on some topics that have already been discussed more than once. Instead of using the Vanilla search (they usually avoid) and before running through several pages they tend to start a new thread. Vanilla feels like a fast forum (communication wise) if the discussion view is in use, so i thought about how to avoid nummerous threads.
I basically have 3 different kinds of threads.
1.) Regular discussions by users
2.) Announcements by admins and mods (special topics on forum issues)
3.) Discussions that are in a general focus and could stay on page one (Funny Videos, Netiquette, Introduce yourself, etc.)
The problem is, that those of category 3.) are too many to add them to the announcements (more than 3 announcements on top kill the beauty of the discussion list), also the are not so important, so that they need to appear on top. Moving them just to appear in categories also won't help, because users of my board are just using the discussion mostly.
It just came to my mind that the announcement-system could be improved by the possibility to add some of them also to the bottom of the discussions page. There could be those topics that tend to be created more than once by users (like Badges and Reactions ins this forum ). This would create an interesting 2 level announcement-system.
The 2nd idea was that it could be of use to let announcements also appear in the discussion view. A lot of users are coming in through Google searches and so it might be of interest to show announcements also on top or on bottow of the discussion view.
What do you think?