"Short News" without link
Some short, but important news don't fit into "regular news" that are shown in the cover stories on the dashboard and they don't fit into the microblog neither.
Those news are only oneliners and have no content. When used in the compact view of the corporate news feed they are still clickable - despite having no content at all, only existing as a single page title.
They can't be placed into the microblog instead, because there they would disappear too quickly.
A simple solution would be to provide a "no link" option for the compact view, so only the headlines are shown, but can't be clicked so the users won't land on an empty page.
(That could still happen from other places, like the news portal, but is less likely to happen.)
I am combining these two issues since they pretty much describe the same use case.
Merged in a post:
It would be really helpful to make posts "sticky" so they are always displayed at the top of the timeline. Either the creator should be able to "end" the stickyness or every user should be able to mark the post as "read" so it looses stickyness for that particular user. Also display sticky posts in a special way so they can be distinguished from normal posts.
We already discussed this option quite some time ago and decided that sticky posts as described in your request will not be part of our vision of the microblog.
I would recommend you to use our Linchpin Enterprise News Plugin. Its use case is more about informing and making announcements, where I would see a sticky-feature.
Otherwise: Could you describe a specific use case you have, where you would expect a sticky feature?
Samuel Lerch: Hi Samuel. I also discussed that feature with some of your colleagues @atlassian summit vienna.
We use the News seldom because of the "overhead" of creating a Blog Post. Sometimes we just write a Microblog Post with "Hi guys, keep in mind, tomorrow is a confluence downtime between 7:00 and 8:00.". It would be helpful to a) keep that Microblog Post at the top and b) display that post slightly different. Persisting that Microblog Post is totally not necessary, whereas a New Post has much more content and is also interesting after that News "had happend" so the need of persistency is higher.
So "no", there is no specific UseCase, but its not worth writing a persistent Blog Post for such short announcements.
klemens loschy: Hi Klemens, gotcha. I understand that need. I will keep discussing if this request could be part of a user story and how this would fit in a future vision for the microblog.
klemens loschy: Hi Klemens,
I agree entirely. News is too elaborate for a list of short statements. We use it for kind of a daily standup, posts of just a few lines each.
What we're looking for was a sticky note for announcements like "be aware, today is xyz" etc. A date, when posts will loose stickyness would also be great.
klemens loschy Ulrich Agricola
Thank you! Your feedback helps us very much to develop our product.
We understand your problem and that's why we discussed this feature and are not sure if it fits in our vision of the microblog app.
We think that the microblog should be used more as a social timeline for direct communication between users. A sticky microblog post could disturb that "communication flow".
What about using the Linchpin Teaser Macro as a sticky option to share brief and important information? https://blog.seibert-media.com/2018/04/09/linchpin-theme-adapt-confluence-to-meet-your-visual-requirements/
Would this solve your issue?
Thanks again for your input!
Christina Wotschel: Hi,
our Confluence already is packed with plugins and regarding the growing number of users there'll be no chance to buy another (expensive) plugin. So, Linchpin Teaser Macro might solve the issue functionally, but won't do in regards of cost.
Ulrich Agricola: Ah I understand.
The Linchpin Teaser Macro is a function which is automatically available with the Linchpin Theme Plugin.
If you do not have that Plugin you could still use another macros like the Info, Tip, Note, and Warning Macros. These are automatically available with the purchase of Confluence. You can find further explanations at: https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/info-tip-note-and-warning-macros-51872369.html
I hope this helps you!
Christina Wotschel: well that would be of course a (poor) possibility/workaround, but it feels wrong including static content direct to the page while having all that "dynamic" content around. And usually such an important post wants to be discussed and longs for feedback, so the Micropost itself is a good solution... if it would have some "important" or "sticky" features ;)