We're bringing in a developer to make a few enhancements to the site and I wanted to announce some of the things he was going to be working on advance. There are some small clean up things related to the upgrade that he will address, like making sure your friends avatars show up on the Home page and eliminating some errors in a few of our templates. He will also add the Vent status and a few new thread views. He'll also be implementing the Thread Avatars mod . It shows the avatar of a poster that starts a thread next to the thread rather than the generic envelope.
There are a couple bigger things that I'd like him to do but we need to develop specifications on what we want.
Article/Video Publishing - The first thing is to use the VBulletin publishing suite (or something like it) which we have but aren't fully capitalizing on so that we can post articles, videos, news and things like that. Right now, if you publish an article, it goes in the bottom left hand corner of the home page. It is quite odd. I'm not sure exactly what I want here but am thinking maybe something like this, this or this? . I don't think we need anything super fancy and am not talking about redoing our forum interface. I am asking for volunteers though to help us figure out what we should do on this and what it should look like exactly, so we can tell the developer what we want.
Live Video Webcasts - The idea here would be to have a place on the forum where we can host live video webcasts/podcasts. I would like for part of the screen to show video – say with one person interviewing another. The other part of the screen would display a chat window or discussion thread related to the video podcast in progress, where members would be allowed to post questions or add comments. If anyone has an interest helping us to set this up or working on that sort of thing, please let me know.