My users can’t decide whether to post in Group’s forum or activity stream. :-/
People are used to Facebook and go for the quick default: Posting onto the group’s wall. They do that even if I’ve asked them a question in the forum. -_-
QUICK AND DIRTY: The easy quick solution is: Disable the forum. (though I’ve heard in other posts that some have had trouble uninstalling a group’s forum recently…)
But that doesn’t always work. Sometimes a group just needs a forum. (although the straight-up stream is pretty nice)
At that point, what do I do?
LESS QUICK, STILL DIRTY: A somewhat lame solution is to use BP group extras to make FORUMS the landing page for the group on a group-by group basis.
Ideally, I’d like people to see the activity stream, but not be able to post directly onto it, but rather to be simply directed (like on BuddyPress.org) to the various forum topics.
HALF THE ANNOUNCE-GROUP PLUGIN: Any thoughts on how to do this? Someone suggested commenting out parts of the “announcements-only” plugin to block posting to the stream but allow forum participation. Would that work? @dwenaus
HALF THE BP-GROUP EXTRAS PLUGIN: If I was going to go the BP-group-extras route and just diminish the activity stream via navigation rather than privilege, I’d want to comment out the “custom fields” part of the group, since my groups don’t need that and it would just confuse users. Thoughts on how I would do that? @slaffik Or is there some more simple way of reordering the group’s tabs / landing page?
FINALLY, is there some simple and/or creative way I’m failing to think about this?
All I know is that this is a SIGNIFICANT issue for me. In my experience so far, forum discussions and activity stream discussions DO NOT play nice with each other from a user experience standpoint, and sites like buddypress.org and facebook.com understand that and don’t allow it. I’m just wondering what “the common person” can do to avoid that same conflict.
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