The purpose: keep the topic list pretty much “vanilla”, but improves the visibility of “gallery” topics (topics that are made for people to post their pictures, with few discussion) and have a glance at the newly posted pictures without having to open the topic.
For someone who almost never had an in-depth look at components and even less in plugins, based on Topic List Thumbnails and Topic List Previews Theme Component, and how hard would it be to have a
similar component/plugin with these only features?
if a topic has a particular tag, let’s say #gallery, 5 thumbnails (or less, based on the last uploaded images from the topic) are generated and displayed under the topic’s title.
to make thing simples, adding a tag to an existing topic wouldn’t generate thumbnails based on existing posts. Only new images from the next posts would then create thumbnails.
removing the tag would remove the thumbnails from the topic list, but maybe keep them stored somewhere so they’ll be displayed again if we add the tag again?
As the the component/plugin options, there would be:
- Tag slug or id to be considered as a gallery
- Number of maximum thumbnails to display under the topic’s title in the topic list
The result would be like this, with maybe a link on each image that leads to the corresponding post from which the thumbnails are (no lightbox on click):