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Something like “Yahoo! Answer” possible?

  • I’m new to BP but very excited about building a community site with it. We are building a site for Japanese people to share knowledge and information about Thailand, and would like to make “asking and answering questions” a key part of the community.

    So something like Yahoo! Answer would be “ideal” :)

    So really just after any advice about how to get going on this. Can such a Q&A thing be done through the normal BP install? Or with the help of any plugins?

    I suppose the BP “group” structure is the starting point. People can ask and answer questions there already. But then all the questions would be mixed up in group discussions so it wouldn’t be obvious what questions are available to be answered.

    Anyway, if anyone has any experience or suggestions, a massive thanks,

    Guru Lee
    ??.net

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    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    Sounds like something I would do using a combo of a custom post type (“Questions”), a comment rating plugin of some sort (for the “this was the best answer” functionality), and maybe custom taxonomies (status (open/answered), categories, tags, etc.)

    To clarify, the post in the custom type would be published by the question asker, and people could answer by commenting.

    That’s very interesting. I have some experience of custom WP taxonomies. However, I have zero experience of how this would fit into BP ….. could this fit into the BP “group” structure? How are group “posts” actually stored, are they just normal WP posts?

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    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    They’d just be normal WP posts in this case, but You could just create a few custom page templates and link to an “Q&A Home” in your header or something.

    Ah ok, yeah, that’s a good solution, but I really really want to find a way to get it properly integrated into BP. Otherwise everyone that wanted to ask a question would have to have a blog etc. I guess I need to understand how BP works and go from there ….

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    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    They wouldn’t have to have a blog…they would just post to the main site (so, they’d h ave to be registered members of your BP). I allow my users to post to the main site, I just limit what they can see of the admin panel using a few other plugins (Adminimize, etc.).

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    @nahummadrid

    there are a few Q&A themes that exist already that you could use. Add BP plugin. Create a frontend form that submits questions as Posts with the member poster assigned as author and the comments for the post(?) are your answers. The community layer is the community layer just allow only members to submit questions and answers. Add plugins like ratings and page views and you’re set.

    you could go with groups or forums but they are limiting when you consider what can be done with a full blog. So if you are on MU, just create another blog just for QA. that way you keep them separate from the blog and other things. I think post types are great…but at the end of the day you begin filling up your main site admin with tons of stuff. I like spreading the post type and plugin weight across different blogs(or sections)…but if the site is only going to be QA (no blog, no nothing else) just do the same thing but on the main site.

    on your bp language change the “wrote a new post” to “added the question: ” or whatever and you’re set again!

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    justbishop
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    @justbishop

    ^ all of that! Great ideas ;)

    ok got it now – thanks to both @justbishop and @nahummadrid for helping me start the journey.

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    serverdog
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    @serverdog

    Hi, I would like to ask how was your progress with this? I am also interested in a QA Feature that is tigghtly integrated with Buddypress to have e.g. a QA area for a group only.

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    anthony422
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    @anthony422

    Hi can you tell me how to display avatars on a sidebar for the top 10 point leaders using the plugin cubepoints integrated with buddypress?

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