I'm looking for an extension that would be very useful to my forums, which is very much based on a forum section that requires an initial proof of member value and validity by sharing of a new lead for their first contribution.
We have just moved from a shitty ActiveBoard forum to PhPBB and are starting from scratch. Users have had to physically register from scratch again on the new forum and it has become apparent that there are about 30% of members who are registered, confirmed and active as far as logging in on an almost daily basis - but are essentially just long term lurkers.
The problem is, we have many members who are doing the right thing and contributing beyond what is expected of them, there are also these lurker members who have gained access through the initial screening, but have since either contributed a one or two original topics to the forum community over a couple of years, or some have maybe commented on other peoples topics (which brings their post count up), or others just plain out have not posted at all since they got access.
The "require users to have a minimum post history for forum access" rule won't work, because the non-contributing members in question might actually have 10 or 20 posts - problem is that they are all just general comments and reply's on other peoples topics/leads, which they are reaping the benefits of for themselves.
I also don't want to just run a prune and delete the members who have low post counts, because whilst they are currently of zero value to our forum community, some have been lurking on a very regular basis for 4-5 years (or more), which shows they are active and have a high potential of being a really good contributor, if they were just given a little "Encouragement"
WHAT I WOULD LIKE AS AN EXTENSION TO HELP SOLVE IT
I would like to have an extension that can be set to require all members who are in the Group that has access permissions to maintain a minimum level of activity by way of overall contribution to the forums.
This would be something like:
* "Members must make at least 2 posts on the forum for every calendar months or 4 week period during which they have logged in. (These posts can be comments on other members topics or even in the open access forum area)
* "Members must submit at least one lead Topic in the restricted access forum (to be approved) every 2 month or 8 week period, to demonstrate their continued contribution"
* "If member fails to meet the required minimum activity criteria, they will be automatically moved from the special access group and put into a "Active Lurker" group, which will have the minimum permissions to allow them to PM Admin to rectify things should they wish to be reinstated."
I think I have explained that in enough detail for everyone, hopefully one of you amazingly smart people can come up with something for me!