Vanilla 1 is no longer supported or maintained. If you need a copy, you can get it here
Current version is 2.1.11
, released 12 June.
I run a forum that is full of geeks. Geeks like to use social networks. Geeks also play lots of multiplayer video games. Because of this, our Vanilla forum has been cluttered with multiple threads that exist solely for people to share their Nintendo friend codes, Digg usernames, Steam usernames, Gamertags, etc. One solution that's pretty obvious is for everybody to add this information to their profiles. The MyGamerCard extension is a good example of this. However, typically what users want to do, especially with friend codes, is to systematically add every person in the community as a friend. Going around to all the profile pages, when most of them will not have anything on them, is not very efficient. We need a single page that makes it easy for someone to say, list all of the Steam usernames of forum members on one page.
Basically, here's my idea. I would have an add-on that creates a new tab at the top of vanilla that is visible only to users who are logged in. That tab will take you to a page that conveniently organizes, and perhaps allows you to search/filter the usernames and friend codes of other members of the forum. It will also have an interface by which users can add their personal codes and names. All the actual information could be stored in user's profiles, so that you see it as normal when looking at a user's profile page. Basically we just need a separate interface for more easily sharing this information and not cluttering up the forum with extra threads.
I'm not so much as requesting this extension, as I am announcing my intent to make it. I'm just looking to start some discussion about it to see if anyone else thinks this is a worthwhile extension, if there are ideas how to make it better, or if there is a demand for it from other forum communities.