Love your work Discourse team, keep it up.
I’m a journalist from Australia working on a Discourse-based platform for investigative journalism teams.
I chose Discourse because it offers thoughtful community management, email and Slack support, core-supported Patreon support and API write functionality for scrapers.
I’m also looking to integrate Freedom of Information (FOI) requests into topics ‘inline’ to allow teams to manage large quantities of requests in a structured Discourse forum.
By way of background, an FOI request is just a formal request to the government for information. They typically consist of two or three emails back and forth between a government department and a requester over a month or two.
So far I’ve got a ‘hacky’ version working by just creating users with the Freedom of Information contact emails and @-mentioning them. But the need to not ‘leak’ information means it hobbles the @-mention feature for other users.
I wondered whether it was worth considering an ‘@-mention’-like feature specifically for this purpose, ie something like an ‘^-request’.
Has anyone come across any plugins or extensions expanding or editing the @-mention functionality that I can review as a guide?
Thanks, appreciate your time.