Yesterday, I installed a new feature on the website called Cross Posting.
I have noticed some members seem to be more active in the forum, others seem to be more active in the blog area making comments, and some move between both the blog and the forum. For the first two groups, sometimes east never meets west. In other words, good ideas and comments may be missed for those who concentrate on just one area of this website, so I decided to install this module and test it out.
This module is designed to synchronize website/blog content with forum content. When I create a new blog post, this module creates an identical topic in the corresponding forum area and keeps synchronizing these entries. It connects the blog post with forum topic and blog comments with forum topic replies. New comments under the blog post are automatically posted as replies under the connected (cross-posted) forum topic and vice versa; new replies of this forum topic are automatically posted as comments under the connected blog post as well.
Note: One limitation – This only works for blog posts that will automatically become forum topics. A new forum topic does not become a blog post.
You can easily tell when a forum topic is also a blog topic. You will see “This topic is also published as an article here” at the bottom of the first post with a link to the original blog post. Here it is in the blog post from yesterday, Practice Motivation and Excuses.
And, since I am going to publish this blog post in the blog category “Just Tidbits”, it will automatically create a new forum topic in the corresponding “Just Tidbits”. Any comments made by readers, whether made in the blog comments or forum will appear in both places.
Hopefully, this will better connect all the members and give an added boost to member participation.
If you have any questions, you can post them below.