Continuing discussion from here.
The v1 I had in mind for this was actually a lightweight single page application (i.e. docs.discourse.org) interfacing with the Discourse API, which would open links in a new window (meta.discourse.org). That way it’d be easier to style it to taste. But I suppose it might be roughly the same amount of work as a Discourse plugin.
I haven’t had the chance to clean up my ideas yet, but here’s a mockup I was fiddling with:
It has 3 components to it:
Top pages on forum
An widget populated with the top pages, based on Most Read or same algorithm as Top.
Dedicated space for blog posts or 3rd party articles that are recommended reading.
List all the pages of a specified category, sectioned by tags. Essentially an automated version of what I demonstrated in the Meta docs TOC.
Default search to a specified category, but let the user toggle between category-specifc and global search.