Before I begin dusting off my PHP knowledge, I prefer to avoid repeating work already done. So, here's two features I need to have on my forum site relating to creating a new discussion/question:
1) Title-oriented search: This feature is the same thing you see in StackOverflow. Somebody enters a title when starting a new discussion and they are shown a list of discussion hits that are likely to match. A very nice "Avoid asking a FAQ" feature
2) The ability to create a list of "Suggested tags" based on a Category. Let me expand on this: A website about wheeled vehicles has three categories - Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles. When a person selects a category, they're presented with a list of common tags used for that category (so, motorcycles would have checkboxes for the list: Honda, Harley, Kawasaki, 2-Cylinder, 4-cylinder, Trike, tuning, repair, insurance, etc.). The list of suggested tags could be controlled by an administrator or by showing a list of the most-popular tags in that category. This would help reduce confusion by posters about commonly-used tags for a new question and would help reduce subtle tag proliferation. You could still add tags as normal, but this would appear between the body and the free-form tag area.
Anything like this?
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