I think sometimes a picture says more than thousand words …
As most of you know, there are lots of content management systems (CMS) out there. Most of the very often (purposefully) used applications/media, like forums, blogs and wikis, basically DO NOT differ each other in regard of the primary purpose of very easy creating dynamic (text-)contents.
IMHO - forums, blogs and wikis basically only differ in their whole presentation (style, template, et cetera) and some more or less specific functionalities and (more or less sophisticated) user management/permission systems – but fundamentally they are all about creating (dynamic) content.
And of course - one of these specific types/media (forums, blogs, wikis) can be for some users and their projects more useful than the other types/media – BUT earlier or later people very often wish to have at least a 2nd type of system (e.g. blogs) WITHIN their whole phpBB environment - and not converse - e.g. phpBB integrated ("bridged") in WordPress, Serendipity, Joomla et cetera, just to create some blogs, or to allows members to add their very own blogs. And sometimes people would even like to have a 3rd type of system (e.g. Wikis) WITHIN their whole phpBB environment, in order to easy create some or lots of Wiki-pages for e.g. their project documentations or something like that only – BUT essentially for them is always to have all types WITHIN 1 phpBB environment with phpBB core functionalities (1 user management, 1 global search function, same template/style system et cetera)!
So why not having the 3 most purposefully used systems (just specified/modified/adapted phpBB forums) within 1 phpBB environment, so that in addition you are able to form all 3 types into 1 EASY to configure, expand, displace and administrate STRUCTURE?
And YES - your blog forum part (blog categories - blog forums and finally your BLOGS instead of "TOPICS") could e.g. definitely look like as follows:
I think you already have noticed that the picture above is just a screen shot of a topic view,
out of the User Blog Mod (Mod author: EXreaction)
This MOD could definitely represent a GREAT Mod - if there wouldn't be a fundamentalist problem (IMHO):
So what can I say ... but anyway, basically a GREAT Mod.Omarvelous wrote: I wonder if it would somehow be possible to... have the mod work off a "Forum" or "Category"... Basically create a Forum/Category for Blogs only...
I think having blogs as a "category" in addition to your User Blog section will encourage a lot more interactivity with it, therefore generating more interest, turning interest into action, therefore creating more users who will more actively blog.
Just an idea....SourceEXreaction wrote:I won't get into blog categories or anything like that.
Regarding the Wiki part - BTW - Which phpBB-blasphemy ( ) is THAT ??
(The idea behind is GREAT, but ... )
I mean, this would be the same case if Microsoft developers would develop Windows on Linux or Mac computers ...
But is it really necessary to use a Wiki software to build a phpBB documentation page? Oh, because "a wiki is a medium which can be edited by anyone with access to it, and provides an easy method for linking from one page to another ..."
Really? And all that is not possible with phpBB? What a shame ...
I think you already know what I mean. So this Mod, I'm speaking here about, should furthermore be able to create (1st) Wiki Categories, (2nd) Wiki Forums and finally (3rd) create (slim, specific) Wiki pages just for documentations, FAQ's et cetera purposes - means pages, which do NOT need all the features which are specific for discussion forums or blogs - or WITH them, because, WHY not?
IMPORTANT for the whole idea behind this MOD:
Every additional phpBB3 forum type ([blog category], [blog] / [wiki category], [wiki]) a user chose, has to work as STABLE as the "prime" phpBB forums. That means, the blog and wiki part should of course based on the "prime" phpBB(forums) - they are just specified/modified/adapted phpBB forums within the whole phpBB environment / structure.
I'm not a programer, coder or Mod writer - so I think, the essential STEPS and thoughts for writing such a MOD should be:
This MOD should enable create/chose (as shown on the pictures above) all necessary forum types for creating blogs and wikis within the whole phpBB3 environment/structure .
If a user chose e.g. the Forum type Blog Category and Blog - instead a typical phpBB topic view, a specified/modified/adapted topic/articel template view, as they are typical for BLOGS, should appear (e.g. as shown on the 'User Blog Mod' picture for blogs) if users create blogs.
If a user chose e.g. the Forum type Wiki Category and Wiki - instead a typical phpBB topic view, a specified/modified/adapted topic/articel template view, as they are typical for WIKIS, should appear if users create new wiki articles/docs.
I think EVERY interested user can already foresee, that if such a MOD would exist, and is working very well, you are able to EASY create/build/add every important medium you want and need for your site or project - the choice is yours!
- That means, you're basically able to create a complete blog community with e.g. just some forums for you Blog-Community, Technical Support et cetera.
- That means, you're basically able to create a complete wiki community with e.g. just some forums for your Wiki-Community, Technical Support et cetera.
- That means, you're able to create/add every essential for your project necessary medium you need - and you are always flexible.
- That means, you and your users must not register, link to and work on 3 different types of systems - you have everything within 1 easy to administrate environment.
Just an idea ...