Topic: Revolutionizing forum design, lend me your fire
Ahoy, I'm Matthew Weigang (better known as 'mwace').
And I want you lend me your fire, your skills, and your time. I want you to leave whatever you're latest interest is to help me, help revolutionize forum designs.
I'm a somewhat eccentric visual design specialist and administrator of the Advanced Gamer's Forums (AGF), a nifty community forum that's been around the internet for four or five years. Our forum currently uses a modified MyBB forum code, but I'm looking to use PunBB as the core of our latest project and I have used PunBB in previous web design projects (such as this).
What I'm seeking to do is rethink forum designs with a focus on providing information users are looking for as directly as possible while minimizing the static content present on pages and using the latest cutting edge web based scripting (read: extensive, if not exclusive, use of AJAX). Listing recent threads in the forum index, listing recent posts in the thread listing, adapting imageboard features by creating seperate postbit for image posts, carefully controlling focus between post content and post information, and creating a pleasing visual design that remains unintrusive to functionality, to name a few concepts we're entertaining. Our goal is both a redesigned AGF but also an original forum design and AJAX interface that would serve under something like a public liscense for other communities interested in adopting it to use.
More detailed information on the project: