chainBB beta update - sub-forums

One of the struggles that I've had with chainBB recently is where to put all the forums that are being requested by the community. Up until today, I was conflicted between the notion of "adding new forums for users" and "trying to keep the forum index uncluttered". Some sort of solution was required, and after some chatting with a number of individuals, bringing over the concept of a sub-forum seemed like the best approach.

Today sub-forums are now live!

https://beta.chainbb.com

Sub-forums from the Forum Index

The concept of sub-forums is pretty simple, it's that a forum can have a parent forum to live within. Traditional forum software has used this concept for decades at this point and it seems to work pretty well.

Before today, I had an entire "group" of forums dedicated to Steem. All 6 of the forums were displayed on the homepage and that took up a lot of room. With sub-forums (as shown in the screenshot below), the additional sub-forums for Steem now take up MUCH less space and now Steem can live alongside all of the other crypto forums.

https://steemdb.com/chainbb/09.png

It worked so well that I decided to mirror the same setup for Peerplays!


Sub-forums when viewing a Forum

You can also access these sub-forums from the parent forum, as shown in the screenshot below. You would access this page by clicking "Peerplays" from the forum index on the homepage.

https://steemdb.com/chainbb/10.png

This allows easy access to all of the sub-forums for that specific board and allows for infinite nesting of forums within one another.


A forum for Bitshares & Peerplays

https://beta.chainbb.com/forum/bitshares https://beta.chainbb.com/forum/peerplays

Both Bitshares and Peerplays have strong communities already here on Steem, but that doesn't mean it can't be even stronger. Being siblings in the Graphene family I felt it was fitting for it to live right alongside it's brethren.

With Peerplays launching soon I setup the same type of forums as Steem (to coordinate witnesses & developers, etc), and I need to do a bit more research on exactly what would work best for the Bitshares community.


That's it for now, just a small update to help organize things a bit more. My focus is very much on organizing the data and not adding a lot of frills yet. Building the strong foundation of chainBB's UX is going to be critical for adoption.

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