What I am looking for is something that would enable me to select a header for the topic - something like "Astronomy", "Sports", "Religion", "Iraq War", etc. and have it displayed automatically at the top of the post itself as "TOPIC: Astronomy" or something like that.
The post, then, would look like this to anyone who viewed it (example being an "Astronomy" category/topic):
The solar system has 12 planets.
That is the conclusion, to be announced today, of an international panel formed to devise a scientific definition of a planet and settle an increasingly intense dispute over whether Pluto qualifies. The panel suggests retaining Pluto and immediately adding three new planets to the nine that are familiar to any schoolchild: Ceres, currently considered a large asteroid; Charon, now considered a moon of Pluto; and Xena, a recently discovered object that is larger than Pluto.
But the group's proposal also makes clear that many more objects in the solar system -- perhaps dozens of them -- could qualify as planets after further study.
The new definition has been approved by the executive committee of the International Astronomical Union , and a vote of the union's general assembly is scheduled for Aug. 24 at a conference underway in Prague. If it is approved, which several astronomers said seems likely, the world's textbooks and museum displays would have to be updated -- not to mention solar system models, posters, software, and toys with only nine planets.
An icon displayed beside it would also be a big hit. I've looked at one mod that I found that incorporates "news icons" mods, but it requires a Usergroup to be created rather than just appending to a post in one particular topic thread.
Maybe even have something where the initiator of the post (in this case, myself or a moderator) could select from a drop-down menu and search through only those particular post headers? (But not someone merely replying to the post - only those who are allowed to initiate a post in the category, again in this case myself or a moderator.)
I know that I could just create separate topics under the category of "news", but I have an RSS feed for just this one section using the RSS Content Syndicator from "nschindler" (rss.php?f=14&t=1) and it would make matters considerably easier to just keep it with this one forum category/topic. I could also create a group and re-direct the newsfeed there, but the feed has already been online for several months and I typically receive several hundred hits per day on it, so I really don't want to change the feed URL to point to a group.
Any suggestions on how I could do this?