My apologies up front for my naivety.
I'm attempting to put together an online 'community' of sorts and initially want to keep my development expenses as close to zero as possible. I'm no developer and I don't have a budget, so I'm trying to figure out if I can make WordPress do what I'm attempting.
What I want to do is have a website that has user generated articles - or basically unlimited authors. But I want those articles to go through an approval process first before posting, and then I want people to be able to post comments to those articles, and people to vote on them as well.
Can wordpress do that? If not, do you know what can? I have a blog already at wordpress.com, so I'm fairly familiar with the functionality, I LOVE what wordpress has done, but I am definately pushing the boundaries of what it was designed for.
I'm not looking for a wiki - once an article is posted, it's posted. I don't want users editing other users content once they have been approved. And it's not quite a blog, since there should be unlimited users. And it's not quite a forum, since I want one article and then many people posting comments to that article. Some hybrid of those three. I don't want to reinvent any wheels, would rather just utilize some other genius' work (and give credit!). And of course, while I'm dreaming, 10 million bucks and a house in Hawaii would be nice.
Also, one more quick question - is there a plugin that allows for voting, sort of like Digg does?