is there a way to export and then import the forums subscriptions that are shown in the member profile?
Thanks for investigating ways to provide this functionality.
I recommend that we provide an easily implemented level of functionality. If an org needs "rich" functionality like a google group, etc., other avenues would probably be better options.
For communicating rapidly and easily with a group of members, simply emailed postings are perfect.
Here are two suggestions regarding the issues you mentioned:
1) When someone emails a post, send a verification email to the email addressed on the message. A valid sender would click a link in the email to verify that the email was real. Once validated, the other processes, such as moderation, etc., could occur.
2) I believe that "plain ascii" text could be a valid way to handle emailed postings. If someone needs to have formatting, they could log into the site and format/post the message online. One thought is that URL's in the emailed post could be retained to faciliate web navigation. Furthermore, you could include the message to be posted in the verification email. If someone did not like the way it looks after conversion to plain text, they could either revise their email and send it again or log into the forum directly.
For example, I receive an email from the local theatre. It is plain text, but has a link to their website. I forward that to the forum's email address. WA sends me a verification email, which includes my posting. It looks fine. I click on the link to verify the posting and the forum rules take over from there.
Another example, I receive the same email, but it is in HTML format. I forward it to the forum email address. WA scrubs it and sends it back in verification email. The message is difficult to read in ascii format, so I simply delete the email. WA drops the posting since it doesn't hear back from me and it never appears in the forum as a posting.
3) Disregard attachments on emailed posting.
Thank you for working on this enhancement idea.
Being able to email a posting to the forum, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org (where "upcomingevents" is a forum) would be outstanding. The email of the sender could be used to determine the member's (sender's) priviledges. Also, the configuration settings of the forum would control how that posting was posted.
This feature would enable a forum to work like a "forum" or an "email distribution list" for the members.
Without this feature, a google groups email list is needed, as my members need to simply email their posting without going to the website.
I have this need now, so that I can stop using Google Groups for moderated discussions. I hope that it will be implemented soon. Keep up the great work! Thanks. Jerry