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Adding a Message Board to a Blog

  1. I'm starting to assemble a website/blog for our retirement community. I'd like to add a Q&A message board where folks could add short notes like "car for sale", "where's a good Mexican restaurant"?, etc. Can I do that in WordPress? So far as I can see, the only possibility is to manipulate "Leave a Reply" to ask and answer a question by using very precise instructions (eg,"use Leave a Reply to initiate a question as well as to answer it"). Is there a more straightforward way to do what I want? And I'd really prefer that questions be displayed in reverse chronological order (last question first).

    The blog I need help with is residents2525.wordpress.com.

  2. For your WordPress.COM blog you have three free workaround forum options: http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/04/23/wordpress-com-forum-options/
    One approach is to register a forum on the internet and then create a custom menu in your blog and include a custom link to the forum in it.
    a custom link to the forum in it.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links

    The only chat widget we can use on WordPress.com hosted blogs is found here http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/tlk-io-widget/

    There is no FTP access and no blogger installed plugin capability on any free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase here that provides FTP access and the ability to install plugins. See here for a full comparison WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. Good input, many thanks. I like the custom link approach. However, I'm dealing with many "technically deficient" seniors, and ProSearch is overwhelming for them. Do you know of any very simple Q&A forums with minimal options/choices, sort of a DummySearch?

  4. Do you know of any very simple Q&A forums with minimal options/choices, sort of a DummySearch?

    No. I don't know of any that are relevant to WordPress.com bloggers. The only relevant tutorial for learning wordpress.com blogging is at http://learn.wordpress.com and the link appears on the bottom of every wordpress.com blog Admin page.

    The only relevant support documentation for WordPress.com bloggers is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.

    P.S. Do avoid ageist labeling and assumptions please. Read the Pew Institute studies and discover just how adept we silver surfers are online. I am a quickly becoming a senior and eagerly awaiting the day when I can claim the pension and the title. I know that seniors are capable of learning new things right up until they pass on. I don't cotton to anyone espousing anything that demeans our intellectual capacity.

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