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How can I mimic a newsgroup in WP?


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Old Mar 14, 2010, 05:06 PM
Eric Bobrow
 
70 posts · Jan 2009
How can I mimic a newsgroup in WP?

After a flurry of emails from extended family members talking about our genealogy and family history, I created a mail list through my web host, and then set up a family WP site with Atahualpa.

I'd like to find a way to collect and post all the emails on the WP site, without having each one show up on the blog as a separate post. Is there a way to do that? I've experimented with using www.posterous.com to create a post from an email (it takes the email and makes a post on a site Posterous maintains, and then publishes that to other sites such as a WP blog), but would prefer something more like Google Groups or the old style newsgroups. Ideally, people could choose to get notified each time an email came in, or only once a day, or could go visit the site when they wanted to see the activity.

By the way, Posterous is pretty cool - it allows you to email almost anything to post to the site, including photos and I think video too.

I know this question does not have to do with Atahualpa per se (although I use Atahualpa on several sites including this one) but would appreciate any ideas or suggestions!
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Old Mar 14, 2010, 06:35 PM
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lmilesw
 
10,176 posts · Jul 2009
Central New York State USA
You might want to take a look a BuddyPress. It's a plugin that adds social networking functionality to a WordPress site. If you search this forum you will find some info in integrating it with the Atahualpa theme.
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 12:24 PM
Eric Bobrow
 
70 posts · Jan 2009
Thanks Larry. I have downloaded and installed BuddyPress, using the tips I found on this site for how to integrate it into Atahualpa.

I'm not sure yet how well it will serve my purposes. It does a whole lot, but maybe too much for what we need. Our family has some members in their 70's and 80's who are not very computer savvy. They understand email, and how to send to a common address that will go out to the list, but I'm not sure about having them use forums and all the social networking stuff.

Is there a simple way to make it possible (with BuddyPress) for someone to send an email to a special address, and have it posted on the site (in a BP forum or as a post), and email everyone on a mail list the actual contents of that mail message? That's really what I want - the simplicity of email, but the long term ability to browse through related messages in sequence on a page.

Thanks again for your suggestion. If anyone else has ideas for how to make this work I'd be greatly appreciative.
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 12:36 PM
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23,765 posts · Mar 2009
OSX 10.11.5 WP 4.x Atahualpa(all) Safari, Firefox, Chrome
there is a plugin called POSTIE(http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/) that you do exactly that. Send an email to an address and WP check's it every so often and then will post it if something is there. I use it when traveling, wspically for my wife's posts. she can write an email, attach a picture and 10 minutes later it's posted.
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 01:50 PM
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10,176 posts · Jul 2009
Central New York State USA
Could you clarify something you mentioned about not wanted the emails to show as individual posts? How do you want them to show? Trying to create what you want for those that are older or not tech savvy can be an interesting journey. I'm going to continue to ponder your requirements as this resonates with some of my needs at times.
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 02:03 PM
Eric Bobrow
 
70 posts · Jan 2009
I'm thinking that a Post should have something new, such as sharing a story, etc. As this group has just gotten started, I have manually created a number of posts, each one collected from several related emails that talk about the same or similar subject. These posts show as excerpts on the home page, and it's pretty easy to skim through and click to read more.

Many of the family emails are actually comments about previous emails, and so really don't make sense as individual posts; they are better placed as comments on the original post, or simply collected in sequence much like a forum or newsgroup (today's emails could be a post, for example).

I suppose that every email, even the briefest, could be automatically added as a Post on the site, but it would likely get very cluttered with lots of Posts with similar or identical subjects (e.g. "Re: My kids").

For example, someone sent in a glamorous photo of a family member from the 1940's, and a typical reply email says: "Gorgeous!!!! - Helen". I don't really want an email like this to be a separate Post - it should be a comment to the original one. Is there is a way for emails with "Re: XYZ" to be automatically added as comments to the original Post??

Last edited by Eric Bobrow; Mar 15, 2010 at 02:06 PM.

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