Each Blog should come with its own Forum

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  • #48896

    brucewagner
    Member

    I like this Forum interface…

    Is there any way to attach my own FORUM (just like this one)… to my BLOG…. here on WordPress…?

    If not, there SHOULD be…

    My free Forum host http://runboard.com offers free blogs… I prefer WordPress though.

    Why shouldn’t each WordPress Blog come with its own Forum…?

    Added Bonuses:

    (1) The look of the pages (style) would be carried through both – your blog AND your forum…

    (2) The users would only need ONE user account – a WordPress account – not two… One for the blogs and one for the forums… What a nuisance that is!

    (3) One common shared “tag” system… for cross-referencing both – blog entries and forum posts…

    #49199

    drmike
    Member

    We’re waiting for you to write the code to do it.

    #49200

    timethief
    Member

    You can get a forum for your blog by going to the internet and finding one there. This has come up many times and you can find what you need by using the forum search box. And I see that you have one so this thread is just to request that sysadmin add forums to wordpress blogs and that is done through sending in a feedback. :)

    #49204

    brucewagner
    Member

    I already have a forum hosted by http://runboard.com

    I am saying that I would love to see an optional Forum integrated into WordPress – tied to your blog…

    There would be many benefits to having it integrated into your WordPress blog…

    ONE user account.
    COMMON page styles and themes, etc.
    ONE SHARED “tag” system… for cross-referencing both blog entries and forum posts…

    Obviously, the bulk of the code has already been written.

    The code for THIS forum could be re-used for this purpose…

    #49205

    drmike
    Member

    Please remember that there are other free wordpress hosts that do offer forums, like mine. You can find a large list of them here.

    You can also grab the wordpress software from http://wordpress.org and find yourself a host and install a forum plugin. Heck you can even grab the software for this forum from http://bbpress.org

    #49206

    timethief
    Member

    @brucewagner
    Staff have asked that such requests be sent to them as a feedback. When you send one in on Monday include a link back to this thread and they will witness your reasoning. Others have asked as well and the threads in the forum search box demonstrate this. :)

    #49211

    brucewagner
    Member

    I’ll try to remember to send them a Feedback on Monday.

    By the way…

    WHY would their Feedback EMAIL be… “Closed for the weekend”?

    I’ve never heard that one before…

    That is just plain odd.

    Their email inbox will not hold incoming messages until Monday?

    : )

    #49212

    timethief
    Member

    @brucewagner
    We do not have crystal balls and cannot look into the minds of the powers that be. There are only 2 staff covering support and Mark our Support Maven does have the forum on a feed. In urgent situations he will respond but nothing you have posted here has been urgent. Most has been opinion and criticism. Answers to your support questions can be found by using the FAQs and the forum search box. The bottom line is: your question should be directed to sysadmin in a feedback. Volunteers on the forum cannot answer questions on policies. :)

    #49216

    drmike
    Member

    Bruce, don’t you think folks should take a day off once in a while?

    #49217

    brucewagner
    Member

    People should take a day off… Absolutely!

    But email inboxes don’t need a day off. Ha ha!

    Right. It’s not urgent. And Feedback instructs me to post it here.

    That’s why I did.

    If he has this forum on a feed then I probably don’t need to send it to him again via feedback, on Monday…

    #49218

    timethief
    Member

    You’ve posted so bye now and happy blogging.:)

    #49231

    mark
    Staff

    Here’s the feedback.

    “Thanks for your suggestion. This is something only you have suggested and as such is going to be low on the list of priorities compared to features requested by other users.

    There are also many other sites that offer free forums.

    An alternative is to use another blog. Forums are essentially a post followed by opinions. Blogs / posts are a bit like that too.”

    #49232

    mark
    Staff

    Or…….

    Create a page.
    Manually link new pages from that page and have each new page be – essentially – a thread.
    You can have lots of pages (threads) and you can clear them if needed.

    #49240

    drmike
    Member

    Feedback is not email. You’re free to email to support at this domain. That’s open 24/7 and staff does check that, even on the weekend. (At least they check the stuff I send them)

    #49250

    I’d like to have forum-like features too.

    Basically, I want the different conversations that start on my blog to stay together (regardless of who starts them) rather than all the conversations being combined and stepping all over each other in a single thread.

    The key feature I’d like is for other people to be able to start their own threads that I can then categorize. This seems to be the same as allowing others to mark their comments as a new post –rather than as a comment. Does anyone have an example wordpress blog that does this? How about one that integrates with an external site to provide the forum(runboard.com has been mentioned)

    Here’s an example that hopefully clarifies what I’d like

    Current Situation, Chronological:
    1) topic A is brought up
    2) first reply to A
    3) topic B brought up
    4) second reply to topic A
    5) first reply to topic B

    I’d like it to look like

    1) topic A is brought up
    2) first reply to A
    4) second reply to topic A

    3) topic B brought up
    5) first reply to topic B

    Categorized by topic: Topics A and B are separate threads.
    Thanks for the help/examples.
    Luke

    #49277

    eclecticgeek
    Member

    I actually have been doing what Mark suggested. I have a separate “Forum” page on my blog. When I get a free moment, I plan on creating sub-pages to organize them better. I like it because by leaving comments open on that page, it gives visitors a central place to post additional questions.

    #49282

    forestneeds
    Member

    I thought that the option for this facility had been requested before. I’m one who’d appreciate that option.

    #49286

    timethief
    Member

    “Yes” it has been requested and “yes” Mark has responded above.

    Here’s the feedback.

    “Thanks for your suggestion. This is something only you have suggested and as such is going to be low on the list of priorities compared to features requested by other users.

    There are also many other sites that offer free forums.

    An alternative is to use another blog. Forums are essentially a post followed by opinions. Blogs / posts are a bit like that too.”

    He also supplied a work- around

    Or…….

    Create a page.
    Manually link new pages from that page and have each new page be – essentially – a thread.
    You can have lots of pages (threads) and you can clear them if needed.

    #49303

    raincoaster
    Member

    I see no reason not to have a forum as a link in a text widget. If it’s on the sidebar, it’ll be on every page automatically, including your personal tag pages. Can’t get better than that!

    #49306

    Still would be nice to be able to have a page that opens up to a forum….

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