Agreed with Eric and others above. On a forum with a lot of traffic like here, it might make sense to have categories by default as what’s new fills up super fast!
Maybe we can add the What’s new in the How-to as it’s a great feature once you’re familiar with Discourse!
There is the introduction banner (it will disappear in one year, but I might decrease the duration) as well that the two important pinned topics, but those ones appear in the topic list, not on the top of the main content, and I don’t think I can change this behavior.
By default, pinned topics in Discourse are automatically unpinned for a user when they have read it.
Sorry I meant a link to one of the two “What’s new of the forum” posts directly in the Welcome message at the top. And in one of those two posts you should put a demo of the “Latest” interface as it’s really cool once you get into it!
I like very much the Latest topics view, without categories, and I suspect that having a fullscreen stream of posts may encourage new users to participate, but I could be very wrong, that’s just a feeling I have.
Anyway, I already did what you suggest in this topic after I changed the home page view