[wp-hackers] Wordpress as a Forum - Power of Themes and Plugins
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Mon Nov 28 13:05:40 GMT 2005
well, there was a theme for the WP1.5 theme competition that Alex King
that theme was called something like 'Forumed', I'm not sure but it gave
WordPress blog the look of a forum. maybe that can be your starting
since the post was displayed as the thread starting topic in that & all
comments to that post looked like the replies!!
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff Minard
To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 3:03 AM
Subject: [wp-hackers] Wordpress as a Forum - Power of Themes and
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
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
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
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
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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