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An idea for you, Joe
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13 June 2012
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I've been toying with the idea of creating more of a social network out of the site, so people's forum comments, article comments etc could all be combined under one profile. You could see people's posting history, who they were friends with, what they were interacting with etc. At the moment the forum's very separate from the rest of the site, but I'd like to tie it up more.

The best way to do it is to convert the forum to a different system, called bbPress, and install something called BuddyPress (the social network element which allows friend connects, extended profiles and so on).

It'd be a bit of a headache, and I'm not even sure if people would want it anyway, so I've not really pushed ahead with it. Also, bbPress isn't as nice to look at as Simple:Press, though it can be customised. Then there's the fact that any tinkering around the edges that I do here stops me from writing new articles, which was the real reason I founded this website.

What do people think? Good/bad idea? Don't care either way?

I wouldn't want a chatroom - too much trouble to moderate, too much potential for abuse.

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21 June 2012
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People can already add Skype details to their profiles (http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....m/profile/). I don't particularly want to encourage it any further in case people get daft and start abusing each other (if people think it's an official feature then there might be similar moderation issues to having a chatroom, and I don't want to go there). Feel free to start a discussion though - set up a separate thread if you want and see how it goes.

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