I guess this is what I want.
I want a forum, but with Q&A combined. But I want the conversation to be front and center and the Q&A prominent, but not the primary focus and separated out from the conversations.
Problem: I find it frustrating to go through posts in a thread to find what I want to know. I have a forum and I have a separate Q&A section (Wordpress plugin). Right now the Q&A serves a specific purpose which is to answer reader mail that I didn’t have time to respond to in the past few years. But it’s open to the community to ask and answer questions, as well. They serve two different purposes, but sometimes it overlaps and even I am not sure if I should be adding it to the Q&A (Knowledge Base) or the Forum (Discussion-Based). Then when the responses are really good, I’m like okay wiki post!
Possible Solution: Have a sub-thread of a thread, I guess? Basically, where people can post a question to the original poster or answer in response to a original post. And it can be collapsible and located underneath the first post near the post summary. I get that a question could be continued/started as a new thread and still linked. But that’s not quite what I want either.
So there would be a post a reply button and a post a question button.
Then the Q&A would be toward the top for people that want solutions and not conversation. Ideally, Q&A could be pulled up in advanced search.
I only know I wish these two things could be combined, but in the opposite way of Stack Overflow. I don’t care about votes, ratings, best solution or anything like that. I just wish I could combine these two things, but have the discussion still the main focus and not the Q&A.
Help. I’ve been away from all things technological for a few years now. I took a long hiatus. I don’t know what is available, what does what at all anymore. So if this already exists in some way that I don’t know/understand, I apologize in advance. Lately, I feel like it’s my first day on the internet and I just learned how to copy and paste.
And if this is a lame idea just say so, as discobot says, it won’t hurt my feelings. LOL
But here’s another example, maybe more people would ask questions on a forum, if they didn’t feel like a weirdo because their question was posted, but not prominent. LOL I’ve typed this question like 4 times and deleted it. I sense, as per my usual haha, that I am simply misunderstanding something that’s right in front of me. LOL (But hey, I couldn’t FIND IT!) And yes, I know there’s the plugin with the accepted answer. That’s not exactly what I mean. It’s fairly close, though. But consider if the original poster is not the person asking or wanting a question answered. Discussion first, Q&A secondary, but important for future reference, so prominent location. I just want a knowledge base combined in an easily accessible way. Wiki post is a start to solving one part of this problem for me. Although I wish it was a full wiki.
Thanks for reading all of this. I had too much coffee today.