Our plan is to create/modify the Tag banner plugin with a path of tags (3-5) based on the page url (or tag page shown) so we can guide new users through a pre-set path, and combine it with the search bar header plugin so returning users can instantly get to where they want to get to.
Probably this will work by showing the 5 most common tags linked with the tag-page banner of the tag-page a user is on to create an evolving system - with the ability to define and exclude tags so it can be customised.
You can see that with the Kanban plugin that one of our volunteer Public Happiness Movement devs succeeded in adapting it for tag pages: https://github.com/artysidorenko/discourse-kanban-theme
(included in case the code or method is useful)
Our platform covers a wide area and we’ve had constant reports of confusion with users being unable to navigate it, and being overwhelmed where to start, reaching the point where it barely functions, and everyone complains they can’t use Slack or whatsapp (which can’t scale to deliver our vision),
Enabling this would give Discourse users of your calendar plugin a working calendar on all tag-pages.
Being able to codify a defined path to lead new users on a path through where we want them to go would solve our usability issues.
This also gives our users the ability to spin off their own groups and projects easily, and for fluid cross team collaboration simply by adding a tag i.e. #webdev #reactjs #ux, so now three teams can see the discussion and related tasks/calendar, and then maybe someone wants to add a #bobsfridayhackteam
Our complete plan
To give a more complete overview of our intended navigation system, we also intend to modify the tag-banners plugin which currently doesn’t allow text below - now we can put key links there to replace and improve the lost function ‘pinning’ of important posts in a category, and include the search bar in the banner so returning users can skip directly to where they want to be rather than navigate using the tags navigation plugin.
We’ve also planned a similar style to your homepage, where the key tags are shown in boxes to provide users more information on key tags. I suspect yours is using categories, which is an option if it can be tied into our plan
It’ll look like this:
Tag Banner Title
[most common tag 1] [tag 2] [tag 3] [tag 4] [tag 5]
Tag description (if provided) which allows a one sentence description for users of where they are, and offers a space for key links (replacing pinning)
This functionality is in the category banner, but not the tag banner
Discourse posts. Some with voting, some without.
5 theme component pages which link to the tag pages so users can switch between actions on the visible page
[Discuss] [Tasks] [Calendar] [Vote]
- Discuss: Standard Discourse threads
- Tasks: Discourse Kanban for this tag page
- Calendar: Events Calendar for this tag page
- Vote: Discussion threads where voting is enabled. We’d use this for suggesting new projects