New 1.2 SWA and Blog/Forum syncing: Feedback Needed
Bringing up a Topic I thinks needs serious discussion as Andy dives headfirst into issues raised by the new SWA model.
If you have played around with the bleeding edge trunk or the new http://bptest.org, then you can see this issue in action.
Current State: the new in-line commenting system (awesome) allows for all members to chime in and add to conversations taking place throughout your BP site. These comments are ajax’d, threaded and are a boon to activity. CAVEAT: comments made in-line do NOT post back into the originating thread (this goes for forum postings and blog post comments). The obvious problem here is that 2 separate discussions will most certainly evolve from one originating posting, potentially occurring multiple times even within the same topic!
Question #1: Does Andy “sync” these postings. After chatting, I think the answer is some form of “yes”
BUT: This will force a possible re-thinking of the concept of Groups and Blog roles and membership e.g. is it necessary for a user to be a member of a group before in-line commenting? Are they warned (in-line) that they cannot comment if they are not a group member? Are they auto-joined in-line like they are now in the actual Group itself? What about Groups that require permission to join but whose forum postings show up in the SWA?
We have a possible solution on our site but realize it will not universally apply. We think of Groups as logical aggregations of topical activity and association. Our site is pretty gated as a whole but not once you’re in. We DON’T want people auto joining a group JUST because they made a comment (in the new in-line model) For ex. we have graduating class groups going back to 1940 and imagine a busy commenter realizing he is now a member of 18 class groups when all he did was comment on the SWA. To us, the reason you JOIN a class is to 1. be associated and found and 2. be kept up on all that goes on within the group. We want everyone to comment and engage but we know that for many it may be a one off thing that doesn’t deserve an auto-join.
There are many sides to this coin. I just threw out one of them. We need to hash it out here for Andy’s benefit…..and, therefore, OURS.
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