I am still new to Lemmy and don’t understand some things.

One is: Why do I have to subscribe to a whole channel if I want to only write about one specific thing?

It just doesn’t make sense to me, because it will just pollute my timeline with stuff I really want to see. If I have an opinion on one thing, but will see everything about this topic in my timeline, the timeline will be useless after a few days.

Thanks for your help.

You don’t have to — you can click “create post” at the top of the screen (if you’re using the web client at least) and select the community you want to post in. I agree that it’s pretty unintuitive that the “create a post” button only shows up under a community after you subscribe to that community though.

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That’s odd, I’ve experimented with that function and only got communities I’m subscribed to as search results.

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It might be that you’re on a smaller/newer instance, so your instance doesn’t know about many of the communities you’re not subscribed to.

Cold Hotman
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No, I’m sure they were federated to my home instance. I think I’ve even seen this with communities created locally by other users (they were newly created though).

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This is the most un-intuitive way to post something anywhere on the internet ever. Who came up with this idea and why? Because I think the developer might have a reason or it is just a bug.

Wouldn’t it be better to show the “create post” button right beside the “subscribe” button in a group (without being subscribed to the group)?

You can also unsubscribe from the community as soon as you’ve made the post. Agreed it’s unintuitive, but it’s a workaround that works for me.

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But why subscribing to it at all? Sounds like 2 unnecessary steps.

That’s exactly what OC said too mate, they agree with you but suggested a temporary work-around

Dessalines
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This was just a UI choice to only show one block button, you could open up a github issue on lemmy-ui for this.

maxmoon
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Okay, I’ve created a feature request on github.

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Sweet, thanks.

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