Requst: Featured Forums
I’ve been closely following the debates of traditional bbpress forums vs. buddypress group forums for a while now because I’m not completely thrilled with some of the usability of buddypress forums on my site.
I want group forums AND I want “general” forums, like “support” that don’t require joining a group to participate. My initial thoughts were to maybe run an extra bbpress install or, as @boone suggested, try and build an auto-group-join function for new members to a “general group”
After tinkering around some more, I’ve come to the conclusion that @andy is right: there isn’t a need for separate forums or any type of group-joining because anyone can post to a public forum.
However, there are still two problems that make group forums clunky for “general” forum purposes:
1. Users see a message that they will be joining the group upon submitting a forum post. This could cause some users to hesitate before posting, not sure what they are getting into. And, it may deter outside visitors from signing up to post. Forums are intuitive and inviting. But joining a group could be intimidating because would-be members don’t know what kind of strings are attached.
2. There is no way to feature “general” forums in a way that makes them stand out from the crowd.
I’d like to see an option for the site admin to create “Featured Forums”, that would display separately, above the group forums on the “forums” page. Then, I’d like to see the “group” mentions disappear from these featured forums. Maybe the user is still technically in the group, but it is completely hidden and they’ll never know it. In fact, I don’t want my “support” group even showing up in the group directory.
“Featuring” our “general” forums makes them more visible in a traditional, intuitive way. It also gives site owners a way to take a more editorial role in their forums if they choose. And, by simply hiding any mention of a group, users will never know it’s there…thus, removing a potential obstacle to their participation.
We’ve all got ideas about how to make forums better. This solution would solve my problems.
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