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User Experience and Brand

The Forem feed is perhaps the core functionality of the service. It's an adaptation of a concept popularized by other social platforms in the past two decades, and it is something we need to develop with care in a way that empowers individual communities and users.

The core nature of "the feed" is that it needs to evolve and be flexible. We will learn new ideas over time. We need to take into account metrics, but also question the relevance and "goodness" of certain metrics. We want folks finding fulfilling and enriching content, not necessarily addictive content.

However, we are in the fairly naive early days of the feed, so primarily it is a matter of flexibility and experimentation.

Feed Style#

  • basic is the standard feed, where only the top post in the feed will show its cover image
  • rich displays the cover image on all posts in the feed

Feed strategy#

  • basic is the default and recommended feed for most forems
    • More simple and chronological
  • large_forem_experimental should be reserved for large forem communities
    • Introduces some split testing and optimizations

Tag Feed Minimum Score#

Minimum score needed for a post to show up on default tag page. We recommend keeping this at "0" for most Forems.

Home Feed Minimum Score#

Minimum score needed for a post to show up on the unauthenticated home page. We recommend keeping this at "0" for most Forems.

Index Minimum Score#

Minimum score needed for a post to show up in search engine results and the sitemap. We recommend keeping this at "0" for most Forems.

Default Font#

Select the default font that you'd like to display on your community

Primary Brand Color Hex#

This changes the look of several elements across the Forem, including buttons and links.

Public#

Checking this box will make your Forem public to all visitors. Registration will still be required to take actions such as commenting, reacting to content, publishing articles, etc.

Be extremely cautious in changing this, as it can cause substantial issues if you:

  • Accidentally take a public forem back to private (breaking links)
  • Accidentally take a private forem to public (exposing private information)