I don't know of any way to search signatures in phpBB. Even the Member List's Find a member search doesn't allow searching signatures (there's a good RFC ). I didn't even find a MOD to do that.evanair wrote:If you allow people to openly state that they're available for hire, is there a search method I could use to see them all in one place rather than having to spider the board manually?
I agree with you, and I basically asked that question over two years ago. See the Why Is Recruiting Against the Rules? topic for discussion about that.evanair wrote:As a broader question, if your aim is to have the software flourish, aren't you working at cross purposes if you limit my (and others) ability to find people who will utilize it?
Well, yes, I suppose it does boil down to that. However, before I convert, I'd like to find out if it's possible to extend the functionality of forum, as that's the point of converting.Mick wrote:Anyway, before this gets dragged out any more by the whys and wherefores, you need your board converting?
It's software, so pretty much anything "can" be done.evanair wrote: What I'd like to have done with the forum software is to allow users to "diary" about their experiences away from the forum. In this specific case, it's writing about specific rock climbs in a specific location. Each user would be able to keep track of the 500 or so climbs that are in the area of the web site and comments on them. Then create a way for other users to see those comments, and even find other users to climb with.
Could this be done within the PhpBB framework?
I don't know why phpBB doesn't have a Topic Creation sort order by default. It's a very simple MOD (I did it on my test board) consisting of maybe two lines of code in three or four files.EXreaction wrote:I would think that using forums, at least at first, might be a better way to grow the community and have members keep coming back for more interesting discussions, although I think the default sorting behavior might want to be changed in some forums from last post (or reply) time to original post time to keep newer topics nearer the top to reach a greater audience for each instead of having more active topics push down less active topics (you'd need some sort of mod for that).
The "community" here is already well established, having been online since 1998(!). While the idea of a blog is somewhat on target, what I'm looking for is a searchable index of all there area's climbs, discussed by individual climbers. Of course, this can be done in forums, but it's not very organized, and it doesn't allow for things like group rating of a climb, among other things.EXreaction wrote:At first I was thinking a blog might be better suited as well, but it depends on how you want to structure your website.
I think blogs feel a little more independent and isolated, where as in a forum it's more oriented towards a community together.