What are your favorite Discourse "hacks"?

What hacks do you love to use on Discourse to make it custom to your community? Use this space to brag on your favorite examples and teach us your ways!

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I added ‘emojis’ to categories, I’m not sure if that counts, but it makes me very happy. :joy:

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I love it! Adds some personality and flair. :partying_face: :unicorn: :peacock: :rainbow:

Here are a few of my favs:

I love the use of the versatile banner component at https://forum.mssociety.org.uk/ to clearly call out the most common golden paths.

I love how Ring use the carousel at https://community.ring.com/ for their categories.

I think that Katalon have done a great job using sidebar components for important information at https://forum.katalon.com/

And both BabyPips https://forums.babypips.com/ and Chatterbug Chatterbug Community - Discuss everything about Chatterbug! have super cute themes.

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I love custom icons for Categories, Tags, and Groups! Lots of that used in the Anytype (PKM app) community, for example:

Topic thumbnails, as exemplified on my own (ahem) digital garden (along with custom default icon for topics without images):

The really good, integrated CSS editing, and especially CSS variables to e.g. differentiate between internal and external links:

a[href^="http://"] {
        /* fully valid URL, likely external link */
    color: IndianRed;
}

a[href^="http://"]:hover {
        /* fully valid URL, likely external link */
    color: DarkSalmon;
    text-shadow: 0 0 5px PapayaWhip;
}

a[href^="https://"] {
        /* fully valid URL, likely external link */
    color: IndianRed;
}

a[href^="https://"]:hover {
        /* fully valid URL, likely external link */
    color: DarkSalmon;
    text-shadow: 0 0 5px PapayaWhip;
}

a:hover {
        text-shadow: 0 0 5px PaleTurquoise;
}

Niche use cases for most communities, arguably, but the Pavilion “Wizard” Builder is amazing. Basically a full, sequence-capable form builder integrated into Discourse:

https://meta.discourse.org/t/custom-wizard-plugin/733453

This is cool for a number of use-cases, e.g. support situations where you want to quickly link to commonly used doc areas, or something:

Speaking of which, Canned Replies are great too! There is a lot. Discourse is pretty great as far as hackability. :grin:

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