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Is there a way to change the default topic to "Random" or "Default" or something, instead of automatically replying to whatever topic the last message had?
There is no such thing as a "default topic" in Zulip. When you respond, you either a) respond to an existing topic (if it is relevant), or b) start a new topic (if your message/question is indeed a new thread of conversation).
@Asad Saeeduddin you're replying to last topic you've clicked on
Think of topics as forum threads, rather than slack channels. Slack channels map to 'streams' here. The 'topic' here refers to a thread of conversation. Normally in chat we have _interleaved_ threads of conversation, which is what makes chat somewhat unwieldy to navigate. Zulip solves this problem, by having us 'group' these threads into individual topics. So we get the best of both worlds!
You can click a topic to narrow down to the messages in it, thus getting full context.
And if you go back to the stream (by clicking on #General ) you will see messages interleaved from all topics, as you would on Slack. But unlike Slack, it is possible to narrow down to a topic.
I already used topics here to narrow comments - I can basically ignore everything else that happens on stream if I want, or show all topics to get the "full picture" (as on Slack)
@TheMatten I didn't click any topic, I just clicked the "reply" button in the bottom right
If you press c instead of r, the topic field will be blank. Or just hit that new topic button instead of reply.