This might be a terrible idea, entirely unimplementable, but wanted to run it by the community before trying it:
We’re working on a project at The New York Public Library around turning historical documents into large-scale public data sets. Unfortunately a lot of these documents are confusing and require community support. We’d like to use Discourse as the talk/support platform for folks when they’re talking about particular documents and building a custom Onebox for it seems like a great way to bring the content into the discussion.
But what about bringing those discussions back into the other site? Would there be a relatively simple way to have a “reverse onebox”, so that if a link to one of those whitelisted assets is found in a post, the other server can be notified of what threads its in?
My initial TERRIBLE idea was giving each thread created from this other site a custom subcategory that corresponds to the ID in the other site, then when someone hits that asset in the other site, it asks for the feed from that custom subcategory. But that doesn’t feel right, is a bad user experience, and has the potential to overwhelm the subcategory system.
Seems like this is ripe for a plugin, but since this is my first time developing for Discourse would appreciate any pointers.