I've got some pretty specific needs for a wordpress forum integration and I'm wondering if anyone knows of anything like this is or willing to write something like this (I'm a ruby on rails dev and have very limited PHP experience).
Basically, my site (www.mmahq.com) has gotten to the point where I get enough traffic and close to 50+ comments per post. The thing is most of the comments are really "forum type" discussion threads as opposed to actually comments about the post.
I'm trying to find some kind of forum or wordpress plugin that will integrate directly into my current wordpress site. For instance, when I make a new post, perhaps it will create a new thread on the forum for people to have discussion. I also don't want my readers to completely abandon using my comments, because the whole chicken and the egg thing. The more comments you see, the more likely you are to leave one. Anways, maybe when someone makes a post in the forum thread that is tied into an actual post, that forum post will also appear as a comment on the WP blog with a link back to the forum thread?? Something like that?
Any ideas or am I going to have to have someone develop it for me? I've looked the XDForum plugin and bbpress and things but I don't really see the tight integration that I'm looking for?
if nothing exists and someone would be willing to develop the plugin (either for free or as a contract job) I'd also be interested in hearing from you.