I have a large forum and resident members do not like abrupt changes. I am planning to introduce gradual migration to discourse by adding discourse based topics at the end of each thread on current vB forum, and encouraging members to continue the discussion on discourse.
I will need a lot of things for this to work properly.
- The current user base will have to be imported, along with forum categories and sections.
- New registrations and user logins on current forum should auto-register and auto-login on discourse as well.
- I will not import existing threads/post from vB. They are too many and not worth hassle because the users will still be participating on them on vB. Instead, I want to add an iframe at the end of each thread on vB. This iframe will embed a discourse plugin that creates a new topic with the same name on discourse, with the first post containing a OneBox of the current thread on vB. And it will display a note to the users to continue the discussion on the newly created discourse topic.
If the topic is already created, it will show the current replies there.
I am very new to discourse and I don’t know how to implement this. Any suggestions?