When you start a new topic on Discourse from the front page of the site, the topic composer can be pre-filled with category. Because traffic on Ask is higher than Project Discussion, and because new posts there are more likely to be new members and possibly drive-by or infrequent visitors, I think it makes sense for the default category to be Ask in English.
However, this means that for Project Discussion, you need to either
- browse to Project Discussion before hitting the “New Topic” button — if you are viewing a specific category rather than the front page, that category will be selected in the composer
- or, change the topic once you’ve opened the composer.
I don’t think this is a huge amount of a hardship, but it does seem… less convenient than it was. I’d love to hear any suggestions for ways we could make that easier — including possible Future Features for Discourse.
non-English questions are rare enough that we can easily recategorize them ↩︎
this is true for tags too. and for tags and categories, for that matter, so you can bookmark e.g. #dei topics, so if you hit the New Topic button from that page, your post will default to Project Discussion category with the #dei tag ↩︎
Perhaps user-configurable defaults? ↩︎