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Most wanted addons for Vanilla 2

fmimosofmimoso
edited June 2010 in Questions
Post here your wanted addons for Vanilla 2.

Dear Santa,
I would like to download an addon that would allow any visitor to post just like I do in any WordPress blog, a kind of auto register/login when commenting. Let me illustrate:

-> User arrives from a Google Search Engine Page to a discussion page
-> User reads the discussion and has something to say
-> Instead of "where the hell is the register button?" he'll see a form beneath the discussion with 3 fields: name, email & message
-> After writing his message, and when pressing send, Vanilla would register him as a user, logging him automatically just like WordPress does
-> Whenever he visited the site again, he would be remembered by Vanilla: "How are you today? Do you want to recall what you did last summer?"

Dear Santa, I have behaved well, done my homework and didn't curse the whole year. I hope you can grant my wish.
Thanks. :)
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  • I would love to have a voting-Plugin!
    Right now, I couldn't even use google- or doodle-polls because iframes don't work.
  • Allowing users to upload files / attachments would be first on my list.
  • TimTim Lord of Servers Vanilla Staff
    @flobster This feature already exists for our hosted customers but is not yet ready for download.

    @basb That's a good idea. I've added it to my list of plugins I'll try to work on when I have spare time.

    @fmimoso That's a cool feature, but there are some concerns. We'll have to think about a smart way of doing something like that. What would happen if the user tried to post with the same email, from a different computer? What about if his cookies got deleted?

    Vanilla Forums Senior Developer [GitHub, Twitter, About.me]

  • For me, most wanted is Thankful People addon for Vanilla 2 with data import feature.
  • "Quote / Reply To" post
  • what @melatonin said.
    a way to keep admin activity out of the activity section without deleting it
  • @Tim
    -> User arrives from a Google Search Engine Page to a discussion page
    -> User reads the discussion and has something to say
    -> Instead of "where the hell is the register button?" he'll see a form beneath the discussion with 3 fields: name, email & message
    -> After writing his message, and when pressing send, Vanilla would register him as a user, logging him automatically just like WordPress does
    -> At the same time he would receive an email with a reminder to his registration and a random password
    -> Whenever he visited the site again, he would be remembered by Vanilla: "How are you today? Do you want to recall what you did last summer?"
    -> If he tried to post again later using the same email without cookies, we would keep the post in standby and send him an email with a confirmation link to post and auto logging him again. In that same email or when he reaches the confirmation page we would suggest that he should change the password to one that he could recall so that he doesn't have to go through this process again

    Suggestions to your concerns are bolded. :)
  • Post & Comment Moderation add-on
  • If the @ before the username (that auto-links it to a user's profile) had auto-complete i would LOVE it
  • There was a plugin in vanilla 1 where users could pick there own themes. Be nice to have that option back.
  • It would be nice to have a Google/Twitter OAuth authentication plugin. There is no need for new users to register at all to begin with. This will lower the entry barrier for new users to get involved in a discussion.

    How can I create an alternate authentication for new users in Vanilla 2? I dont know what controller method to override/implement. Any help will be appreciated.
  • It would be nice to have a Google/Twitter OAuth authentication plugin. There is no need for new users to register at all to begin with. This will lower the entry barrier for new users to get involved in a discussion.

    How can I create an alternate authentication for new users in Vanilla 2? I dont know what controller method to override/implement. Any help will be appreciated.
  • edited July 2010
    Also category filter plugin will be nice ;)

    It is the most wanted feature by me... It could looks like checklist next to category list. When you "checked" category posts in this category doesn't show in "All Discussions".
  • For me the big must have plugins are:

    - Discussion Overview
    - Invite Only registration
    - Inline Images

    :)
  • edited July 2010
    - phpbb3 to vanilla converter
    - attachments
    - display real name (like IPB)
    - mark all as read
    - show all unread (with counter)
  • One that i haven't seen mentioned, but is incredibly useful, is the Nuggets extension.
  • - phpbb2 to vanilla converter
    - attachments
    - textile
  • Not really an add-on, and somewhat minor, but very irritating to me none the less, I would like to see a "cancel" button along with the comment button on the activity list on profile pages.

    Once you click to post a comment on a user's activity and the form appears, and you change your mind, there is no cancel button to make the form disappear.
  • For me :

    - attachments
    - Inline Images
  • @tomekporno +1

    Also missing an Upload feature for users (guess that was attachements for Vanilla 1).
  • LincolnLincoln Community Instigator Vanilla Staff
    Does "inline images" mean something beyond being able to use the HTML img tag?

    Sr Developer at Vanilla Forums [GitHub, Twitter]

  • edited July 2010
    For me it means being able to upload an attachment and have a little button saying "place inline" like on phpBB and VB. It's an absolute must feature for any kind of art forum.

    And it's the only thing that is holding me back from migrating to Vanilla 2.
  • TimTim Lord of Servers Vanilla Staff
    edited July 2010
    You guys have all mentioned 'attachments' (file uploading) and that will be coming within a few days of Vanilla 2's official launch.

    For now, I would like you guys to give me more in depth descriptions of what these plugin requests actually mean to you. If you care about them, explain what you want.

    Discussion Overview @rayk
    Textile @candyman
    Nuggets @LoOkOuT

    @duketek

    Vanilla 2 (since RC2) uses 'Authenticators'. If you create a new authenticator, and do it properly, you can replace the current one (password) with your new one by changing Garden.Authenticator.DefaultScheme

    Either way, we're working towards a fully feature OAuth plugin with Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Wordpress compatibility. Its coming, albeit slowly,

    Vanilla Forums Senior Developer [GitHub, Twitter, About.me]

  • edited July 2010
    Well Discussion overview for me was a nice way to make the front page seem a bit more cleaner - as I have just 2 categories so it was a nice way to "sort" content from each other - e.g 6 latest discussions from one category and 6 latest discussion from the other category.

    However, playing around with a test vanilla 2, I think one big list could work if I assigned a different colour to each of the category tags.
  • I too want Nuggets. A lot.

    It's a simple "put where you want chunks of text/code/whatever" based on roles & pages.

    Example: I don't want my registered members to see ads so, I create a nugget, include some ads in it and define it to only display to non registered visitors. Furthermore I can select where I want it to display, in which pages and in which position (discussion page only, search page, account page, above fold, on the left column, footer, etc.).
    Another example: I give a role to newbies and only they can see a "Beginner Guide" link in a prominent position.
    With Nuggets for Vanilla 1 I even can if I want, cook a specific nugget for a specific discussion!
    Imagine that one of my discussions is a #1 result for a Google Search. I can put a nugget at the top of that discussion with more resources to my visitors or a simple disclaimer.

    The uses are endless. I have 21 nuggets active in my main forum.
  • TimTim Lord of Servers Vanilla Staff
    image

    These Nuggets sounds awesome. I'll think about how we could do it.

    Vanilla Forums Senior Developer [GitHub, Twitter, About.me]

  • Actually now I think about it I'm using a nugget to place mint stats code in my forum.
  • @Tim

    I see what you mean... As I am sure you know, fundamentally, Nuggets give a quick and simple way to inject a variety of types of code into the forum. I primarily use it for ads, but also for google analytics code and for buttons directing users to other parts of the wider site. I like the "nuggets" concept and find it achieves both functionality and ease of use. It's also handy that you can "cook" (activate) and uncook (suspend) nuggets. It's probably the most "Vanilla" of all extensions, seeing as it is clean, modular and thoroughly flexible. A more Vanilla 2 version of this extension, by the author or otherwise, I feel would be a great compliment to the new software.
  • I really would like to see an LDAP authentication mechanism.
    Thanks
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