I want to preface this by saying that I am totally unaware if this is doable or within the boundaries of the DevForum. I also want to apologize in advance if this is a duplicate; I searched for “pin” and “pinned” in this category and found nothing.
Many social media apps such as Instagram and Twitter will allow their users to pin a post (and often times more than one). Even forum-based social medias like Reddit and Quora offer this. At the very least, we should be able to pin one topic on our profile. Being able to pin 2+ topics and 2+ replies would be very appreciated.
How it will Work
When the author of a topic or reply clicks on the three dots located at the bottom right corner:
They will then be revealed with the options to bookmark, flag, edit, delete, or retrieve the link of the respective post. Another option to pin the respective post would be added, perhaps where the arrow indicates:
Currently, the top topics and replies on a user’s profile are sorted by the amount of likes. If this change were implemented, it would reveal pinned post(s) first and then resume to most liked, like so:
This may be stretching it, but we should also be given the option to order which pinned posts show up first.
Many users’ top topics and top replies are clogged with activity that they don’t necessarily want to be at the top. Instead, they may want to show off 2 or 3 of their cool creations, a handbook for their group, or whatever it may be.
How it is Different from Featured Topic
Featured Topic is currently limited to one topic. This feature request will provide the option to pin multiple topics, and ideally multiple replies as well. I also feel like Featured Topic looks sort of cluttered when coupled with location, website, etc. Pinned topics and replies would be more subtle and less in-your-face.
For example, when I click on their profile, their information card is quite literally bigger than their post:
It looks cleaner here, but I can only imagine how unoptimized it is for mobile (this is purely speculative and I haven’t checked):
Can Featured Topic and Pinned Topics/Replies Coexist?
I fully believe that pinned topics/replies can substitute Featured Topic entirely. If Featured Topic had to stay, a user should not be able to pin the same topic as their Featured Topic. It’ll get repetitive.
In short, I think we should be able to pin topics and replies. Please feel free to discuss or let me know if I missed anything.