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[Conversation] Community and Associated URL Naming Conventions

Submitted by bmrgould01 in meta

Thought I would start a conversation about this, due to it being an issue I have with reddit. With the use of communities being tied to their url, it allows a broad topic to be cornered to a specific view or usage of the word. For example, feminism on reddit being run by a islamphobic MRA, forcing the usage of oddly named feminist communities that receive less views than if they had the standard feminism url. Antifa being run by fash. etc. Now, due to the focus of the site, it may not be necessary, but it could be.

This was/is an issue with gaming usernames on some platforms, and the two ways to solve this that I think have been successful are the urls tied to numbers, and naming have a non-user controlled suffix number.

Steam profiles come with a number attached to it /user/1023045. Blizzard accounts come with a suffix attached to the name. bmrgould#102334.

A concern that I can think of may be reduced site reach on search engines with less keywords (community names) in the url. Though the role of a community title may be good enough.

Personally I'd like to see the ability to have communities with the same name, but run with different focus. Allows different views, and community directions. Though as said, it may not matter with the scope of the site.

Thoughts?

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ziq wrote

Sub categories?

-Feminism General-

Anarcho Feminism >

Communist Feminism >

Planned Parenthood >

Femme Thoughts

Would that work? Every feminist related forum could be listed together, with the most popular ones appearing first.

We won't have the problem reddit had with reactionaries squatting subs tho - we're not going to tolerate reactionaries at all.

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bmrgould01 wrote

Hmm, that could work.

That makes my mind race about how to organize the system though.

How many layers would be best? Just the general sub categories, so two layers? Then specifics would need to use tags/flairs/title formatting/whatever to organize things?

News

Syrian Civil War

News

Politics

Canadian Politics USA Politics

Should a sub category be allowed to be attached to multiple top levels? Or specific posts allowed to hit multiple sub/tops? Or should that be dealt with the x-post concept?

I dont know what would work best. A simple system may be best. Maybe all subs can be part of categories? Categories being their own forum that is a pool of many?

If categories had the domain.com/x/Name and subs had a alternative url system like I mentioned, maybe that would work best? Having admins control which subs are part of categories, or the default categories at least?


Sorry that my comment is a ramble. Just typing as I think in case anything is useful.

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ziq wrote

On the forums page, we could have 20 categories. When you made a new sub, you'd have to choose one of these categories to place it under. Then when people are looking for new subs, they'd go to the forums page, click the category, and see all the subs listed under it, organized by activity. Would be a lot easier to navigate than reddit.

Should a sub category be allowed to be attached to multiple top levels? Or specific posts allowed to hit multiple sub/tops?

I'd say 3 categories / xposts at most.

If categories had the domain.com/x/Name and subs had a alternative url system like I mentioned, maybe that would work best? Having admins control which subs are part of categories, or the default categories at least?

I can see that working. So going to f/anarchism would list all the anarchist subs - f/anarchism-general, f/anarcha-feminism, f/veganarchism, f/antifa, f/mutualism, then some of these subs would also appear in other categories - like f/feminism would include f/anarcha-feminism under it?

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Defasher wrote

I like being able to type in domain.com/x/anarchism, idk if I'd want to remember some random numbers. I think we just need to make the mod structure horizontal so no one mod can monopolise a sub like what happens on reddit. And have processes that would allow admins to remove mods that are problematic.

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LostWithPurpose wrote

We're only inviting people we trust for now to make sure all the default subs have leftist mods before the launch. We're starting with anarchists and will then move on to other leftists. I can see the suffix working for usernames, I'm not sure if it would be needed for forums however, since the whole site operates under a safe space policy.