Thanks for looking into this while on holiday!
I do agree that a social media arrangement would make sense. I don't have a pretty version of my specific implementation yet. But my ideal scenario would be the following:
- Have a sidebar (temporarily using this plugin, but I would prefer the sidebar to be shown only on the frontpage of the site, nowhere else)
- Display a quora-like layout only on the homepage
The design for this would look similar to what I had earlier posted on the issue I opened for an alternate homepage. But the updated version, is the following :
So, for sake of discussion, let's call this the "featured image layout". The image here would have a max width of 600 pixels (but no set height) because of the sidebar. The table headings are hidden (like on danskdynamit.com). The meta info (users in discussion, comment count, last update) would go either floated right to the title or aligned with the category/tags labels.
The other technical requirement here that would be nice, would be to have checkbox on the topic edit form that would toggle between showing the featured image or not. Editorially, it would be nice to choose when to show and when not to show.
Final thought: Initially, I thought that points 1 and 2 meant that this would be a separate plugin. But now I am thinking that it could be a feature of Topic List Previews that generates the layout above for a specific page. So the settings would be:
* turn on the social media layout for homepage (would automatically include a sidebar)
* show specific elements on sidebar (latest posts from category x, summary of categories, etc.)