Brainstorm: Distributed (branched) conversations for blog posts
I think one of bbPress’ biggest strengths is its potential to extend upon and empower WordPress’ commenting system. Another side of this is the P2 theme used to enable real-time conversations, but that’s a different topic.
‘Distributed conversations’ should facilitate persistent on-topic discussion.
The basis of this idea has already been put to the test on the TED.com website. For an example, follow this link to the Beware online “filter bubbles” video and scroll down to see the “TED CONVERSATIONS”. That is, in essence, what I’m proposing here, along with a new idea (comment conversion).
How would this work?
A) Create conversation directly from a blog post. (TED way)
Create conversation from a blog post’s comment(s). (new way)
Every blog post should come with a “start a new topic” link. Clicking this link would start a standard ‘new post’ prompt. The only difference would be the link to the discussed blog post, which could be incorporated in a number odd ways. The easiest way I can think of would be a shortlink with blog post ID. (Although it’s outside of the initial scope, this should also be compatible with forum posts).
Comments can be converted to forum threads. A conversion would:
1) Lock the thread of comments
2) Create a new forum thread with the comments.
3) Link to the new forum thread from the locked comment thread.
This option would only be available to moderators and above.
Maybe not in core, but I could see this being a super handy plugin.
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