I have a future project that I am working on quoting and they have a need for a pretty active community forum. I would love to be able to use the EE Discussion Module but would have a few things that would be preferred to be included. Here are a few...
- A WYSIWYG editor for forum posts. Most of the people who use this forum would not be considered techinical gurus, and anything that looks like code would decrease the usage.
- Multiple file upload, without previewing or reloading the page.
- "like" or rating for forum topics or posts.
Beyond that there are other things the client would like but can be handled by using the forum templates, - social sharing, light boxes for images, etc...
I have already purchased teh Scaffold theme which gives a great starting point for theming and moving forward but I think what is going to be more difficult is core functionality of the module.
Ideally it would be perfect if I could just replace each section of the forum with a field type add-on and then i could extend it on the fly anytime, but that's impossible from my understanding. I did have one twitter reply that discussed creating your own forum with channels and SafeCracker but as discussed performance could be an issue and I dont see the need to reinvent the wheel if its not needed.
Anyone who has had experience or could forward me in the right direction from some more advanced Discussion module usage please let me know.