OK here is a front end demo example I've created: http://www.newcastle-online.com/pluginexample.htm
This plugin needs to allow the website owner to paste code into pages and indeed posts so thatm it shows all the forms as shown in the link above.
When the user press post they will be taken to a message that the website owner can edit such as "Thanks for your article submission, we'll review it in 24 hours and decide whether to add it. If we do and you clicked the notification button you will recieve an e-mail to the address supplied confirming publiscation"
Or something like that.
In admin the website owner should be able to edit every facet of it, be able to spell check it and also be able to post it to any category if he/she so desires. I'm thinking the interface for this should be much like the "write" feature?
Other ideas, when the reader presses post a prompt asking them whether they'd like to be notified just incase they forget, another prompt for e-mail and any other required fields that weren't filled in.
If the users earn trust, i.e. they've written lots and are valued contributors the website owner can in admin, make their posts appear live on the site as soon as they've been sent or written.
This will maybe require a dropdown menu allowing the contributor to select which category to post in.
Thoughts? Can this be done?
I think it would add a whole new dimension to WordPress.
You have the commenting system for users, for those who just want to reply to posts, and you have the ability to allow writers to write articles. By allowing people to send in letters, articles and e-mails that can be published independently of articles and comments this just adds to the whole community aspect and for sites like my own which is like a newspaper, radio station and magazine all rolled into one at times it would be great.
Any plugin guru could pull this off I'm sure the WordPress community would use it.