The initial phase of the intensive ‘Enquiry by Design’ process drew to a close last night (Thursday 10th November) at a Public session entitled “Presentation of the Two Masterplans”.
The event was very well attended (the large hall in the Watermark was at maximum capacity) and personally I felt the mood of the room was warm and interested.
My understanding is that the next phase involves the Plans that the Princes’ Foundation proposed, will be brought together and made publicly available in a way that everyone can view, discuss and give their feedback on. All of which I’m very much looking forward to.
In the mean time a discussion about peoples thoughts at last nights meeting has started on Ivybridge Matters…
I’m generally happy with the way that WordPress / BuddyPress combo is working for the new community website I’ve put together (Ivybridge Matters)
But one thing I think our users generally find confusing is understanding the difference between posting comments directly into the activity stream for a group, versus going into the forum and creating posts and replying in there.
Generally comments in the activity stream disappear quickly for all but the quietest groups, and yet it’s the first thing users are presented with, and the most likely way they are liable to try to post updates and questions – which are soon lost ‘off the bottom’.
To encourage (force?) users to use the Forum, I’ve tweaked the BuddyPress code so that only a groups’ Admins and Moderators can post comments directly into a groups activity stream. WARNING: This is not a generic solution. The code change, changes it for all groups and I’ve only tested it (and only expect it) to work for BuddyPress 1.5.
The tweaked file is available for download here and is a variation of the file
Given that I’m using BuddyPress 1.5 (with Forums for Groups installed), and the theme ‘BuddyPress Colours‘ (version 1), to get this to work I simply had to:
- Create the directory wp-content/themes/buddypress-colours/activity
- Extract post-form.php from the zip file and copy it into the directory created in Step 1
All seems to be working well for me. Feel free to use this as you will from my point of view. Let me know how you get on, and I’d appreciate any comments or suggestion.
Ideally it would be driven from BuddyPress / Settings / ‘Restrict activity stream comments to Admin & Moderators only’ yes/no. But I haven’t the time now to look into that for now.