I have to say, this looks very interesting.
I tried writing something similar a few years back for phpBB 3.0.x, building on code that was around, plus some ideas of my own. My code turned out to be a right hack, abandoning the principles of good MOD writing for a quick fix. I thought if I could get it working, I could go back and tidy later.
Then they changed the whole game in phpBB 3.1.x and I got so cheesed off, I stayed on 2.0.21!
But I recently revisited my code, and was surprised that although it was a mess, it actually didn't look half bad.
So if it is of interest, feel free to nick any ideas/functionality. I have to stress to everyone that this is only to illustrate ideas - the code behind this is a complete pigs ear, and you don't want to try and run it - let's be patient and wait for Geed.
(I'll keep that user up as long as it isn't abused)
- The mini-calendar on the front page is for display purposes only. Clicking on a date takes you to the full calendar. Clicking on a topic under Upcoming Sessions takes you to the topic itself.
- Rather than have the calendar events stored separately, I simply assigned a forum (Session Planner) to the calendar. So if you post a new topic in Session Planner, it will give you the calendar functionality, whereas other forums do not.
- As well as replying to the original calendar post, users could also say whether they were coming or not. As some of our sessions are limited by number, once that number is reached, no more people can join. (Example: "Looking to play Diplomacy; looking for up to 6 other players.")
I was actually quite pleased with how it looked, but because I broke the MOD method, I knew I was never going to be able to maintain it.
Look forward to seeing how your Extension progresses. I may get a chance to move off of 2.0.21, after all!