Hi, phplist.org is launching next week, and we are using discourse to condense many other apps into one. So far we have wordpress (with buddypress extended profiles) SSO using the official plugin (GitHub - discourse/wp-discourse: WordPress plugin that lets you use Discourse as the community engine for a WordPress blog)
I am trying to get my head around how we will use Discourse to replace budypress groups and mailman.
Where we came from
We used to have community.phplist.com (still active for another week). When a user signed up they would tick a group, either users, documenters, translators, developers (or several groups) - they would then be able to chat with other people in the group. Additionally, we have 4 mailman lists, one for each group. All our blogs and newsletters are categorised into the same four groups.
Obviously this was over complex, especially as we had a phpBB forum as well.
Where we are hoping to go
I am hoping that we will have something like:
- user signs up
- ticks group, eg “developers”
- then they are “joined” to, or told how to use, a discourse category, so the “developers” category - this replaces the buddypress group chat
- They can then use that category either in the discourse or by email - this replaces themailman
And so we have a combining of mailman and buddypress groups into one place: super!
But I don’t quite see how
I am struggling to understand how discourse deals with “groups” of people, both technically and also in terms of the intended use/design/idea.
I can see there is a groups feature in my admin, but I am not sure if that will help, and I know there is the email-in feature Replacing Mailing lists: Email-In but I cant seem to figure out what this might look like when it’s all put together.