I literally haven’t started typing anything in the body of this message and a “Your topic is similar to…” box appeared. It isn’t in any way helpful - its just listing previous topics with the word “discourse” in them, when in a Discourse forum category “This site feedback” is basically most of them.
How can we stop this from happening?
Other similar annoyances are “someone has already posted that link” (obviously they have, but if I’m discussing the contents of a link its more convenient to link to it again than say “the link that $person mentioned 3 days ago”).
Heh, I guess it’s nudging us to choose better-differentiated subject lines. “Discourse” doesn’t need to be in the subject if it’s in this category. I think this feature would be pretty useful in the larger categories with longer histories (imported from the old forum), but not as useful in newer categories like this one. Maybe there’s a way to selectively disable it?
As an aside, GitHub trialed a similar feature a few years ago but nixed it. As a repository maintainer, I really would’ve appreciated that feature as a way to reduce the number of duplicates without having to go hunting for them myself.
I’ve only seen this warning when the specific page has been linked before. I find this warning somewhat helpful, because it clues me into the fact that I might be repeating a point already made earlier. But sometimes I intentionally reiterate a point made earlier, so I also appreciate the button.