Anyone built a writing forum and story publishing site around XF?

Mendalla

Well-known member
I am currently in a bit of snit over the site where I publish my odd bits of fiction. They really need better software and design, among other things, if they want to get beyond where they are now. Curious if anyone has done a site along these lines based on a Xenforo board or if there are add-ons that would help in building such. Obviously if this got beyond the hypothetical level, it would be running some flavour of 2, hopefully 2.1 assuming it is out by the time anything happens.

Specs (roughly):

- forums
- ability for users to post and edit full text stories using the same login as the forums
- ability for moderators to approve or reject stories (for banned content or grammar/spelling) and for the user to do in-place edits for re-approval
- ability for users other than the author to rate and comment on a story
- listing of stories in categories (fantasy, s-f, romance, thriller, true story, etc.)

Initial thoughts would be a sub-forum for each genre. Story posted as a new thread with the comments as replies. Once 2.1 is out, the reactions could be used for the ratings. Use a thread approval process to approve each new thread (ie. story). However, as a user of 1.5, I haven't found the display and editing to the be the most conducive to longer text pieces like a story. Part of that may be my board's layout. I know the layout here would be better.

Of course, if it has been done post a link or send it to me in a conversation so I can have a boo (if you don't want it public for some reason).
 

Mouth

Well-known member
I am currently in a bit of snit over the site where I publish my odd bits of fiction. They really need better software and design, among other things, if they want to get beyond where they are now. Curious if anyone has done a site along these lines based on a Xenforo board or if there are add-ons that would help in building such. Obviously if this got beyond the hypothetical level, it would be running some flavour of 2, hopefully 2.1 assuming it is out by the time anything happens.
You want Article Management System from https://xenaddons.com/store/. XF2 version is currently in forth beta release, so should be no problem for your timeframe.
 

Live Free

Active member
Ahh competition. :p

I run a writing forum and have considered what you are describing, but instead focus on workshops rather than publishing finalizes content.
 

Mendalla

Well-known member
So ... when I posted this 3 years ago, I was mostly speculating. Now it's threatening to become a reality. The owner of my writing site is shutting it down on Sept. 1 and for reasons we may not be able to take it over and just move it off of her servers. So, I am drafting a proposal to take over the domain and repoint it to a Xenforo-driven site.

The site has shrunk to a pale shadow of its former self so I am not sure how much cash and time to put into it. The big change since that post is the article forums. I am even thinking of just using article forums by broad genre for the stories rather than an AMS. But AMS is still an option. Anyone have other thoughts? My OP pretty much sums up the needs since that was based on the very site I am talking about.
 

Mouth

Well-known member
am even thinking of just using article forums by broad genre for the stories rather than an AMS.
Using Article type nodes will likely work, and configure for moderating new threads. Your 2nd criteria of "[...] user to do in-place edits for re-approval" not sure if that's possible though.

The site has shrunk to a pale shadow of its former self
Probably just start with core XF, then after time if the site grows again or you're constrained by article type nodes then you can consider AMS.
 
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