[wp-hackers] Wordpress as a Forum - Power of Themes and Plugins
jeff at jrm.cc
Sun Nov 27 21:33:10 GMT 2005
So, I'm setting in on my next big WP project.
I've been running a forum now for a little bit and, to say the least,
have been annoyed at the difficulty with which it takes to update/modify
this hunker (and punbb isn't even that heavy).
This got me thinking, "gosh, I wish this had the Wordpress API -- it's
totally awesome for simple patches and fixes." This, in turn, got me to
thinking, "well, gee, couldn't I just turn WP _into_ a forum?"
I've been pondering this for a few weeks now and have started on
development, but here's my aim:
"Utilizing Themes and Plugins, transform Wordpress into forum software."
I thought I might hit up the list for suggestions or ideas. I did some
googling to see if this had been tried (outside of bbPress) but only
found things like merging user tables, or including forum software as a
I figure, Wordpress (2.0, that is) has most of what is needed and the
rest is just a matter of formatting (themes) and some functionality
- Topics == Posts
- Replies == Comments
- Users == Er, users
- Profiles == Author Pages
And plugins could provide optional "on top" functionality like
- Subscribe to forum/thread via email
- Avatar support
- More User Meta
- Image Upload (sorta already built in)
- ... and other things - a lot of which already has some sort of WP
Anywho, just looking for some input about the idea.
 http://wpforum.jrm.cc/ (Nowhere near ready)
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