Actually it looks like I was wrong, they undersold its capabilities in the component’s description. It can be configured to allow normal users to enable the TOC, and/or it can be automatic in certain categories in posts with N number of headings.
It seems to work, as far as I can tell. I don’t see a way to apply it to any of my posts, but I did find a “Make Wiki” button that sounds like an adventure worth looking into next time I’m in the mood for a side quest.
Oh, interesting. Nope, I had just one h1, and a bunch of h2’s, and even that felt a bit too close to the top. Like, on most sites I’d put the page title into a h1, article title or subtitle into a h2, then the topic headings in h3’s and sub-headings into h4’s. It’s a habit I picked up a long time ago when using a browser which generated its own table of contents, with an easy way to jump to headings.
h2: BriteLite 9000 Review
h2: Updates [in the next post]
h3: Update 3
h3: Update 2
h3: Update 1
Using a h1 within a non-top-level page element, like within one post out of many, will take some getting used to. Using multiple h1’s even more so. Feels a bit like getting onto a bus and taking up two seats… or even putting my feet up and taking up an entire bench.
So I tried it again just now – did my best impression of “manspreading”, and promoted a bunch of headings from “##” to “#”. I’m not really seeing anything different though, or anything to click to add a ToC.
Aha, I was also looking for it in the two other “wrench” icon menus I have as admin/mod and not finding it. I suspect that it would probably work to generate the TOC by manually adding that <div> snippet to any post at the start of a topic no matter how many headings it has, and the N value that I currently have set to 3 only controls whether the menu item appears or not.
I’m just guessing, but given that the new post was number #11 and there are 3 total posts visible including the OP, the “8” seems to count all or most of the thread’s 8 deleted posts, even though I actually saw them and marked them as read while they were available. At a guess, each time a post is made and removed, the “unread posts” counter might go up, and in a few years it could end up reporting 142 unread posts in a thread with only 8 total replies visible.
Threads made by “ignored” people are still visible. When the thread is opened it says “ignored content” in the OP. Ideally I would not see these threads in “latest,” which was the intent of ignoring the authors.