This forum design/template explained below shows how many thousands of users can discuss many hundreds of topics (initiatives, issues, and proposals etc) simultaneously, in a manner that is self-regulating, and fair to all who participate.
More importantly, everyone participating can easily see what the most important issues are, and why they are so important, 24/7.
To explain, lets imagine you post a topic to one of the forums.
(Under the menu tab Forums there is an option to Submit a Topic.)
The forum admins allocate your topic to the forum you specify,
If you open the All forums tab you would see many forms which would have many subjects.
The next drop-downs on the Forum tab gives you options to look at the forum topics in various ways according to popularity and so on, or you could just type in some key words into the search-box to find the topics
that interest you.
If you open a topic, for example- http://collabjhb.co.za/index.php/forum-procedures/ you will see that people can reply to the post and like or dislike.
You will also notice that the post has a Vote option. If you feel the post (topic) is important you should vote for it, (and you will also see that you can subscribe to the topic or author if you want to relieve follow up notifications.)
*This voting using the Star rating system is crucial, and anyone can vote on as many subjects as they like.
The Weekly Re-Set.
On Sunday at midnight, the admins take screenshots of all the Star ratings, and then publishes a new page with all the topics ordered as per the votes over the past week. The Weekly Re-set.
Now if anyone wants to know what the most important top 100 or so topics are, they can just open the Weekly Re-set tab.
All the past week’s star rankings are removed from all the posts and the next week starts afresh each Monday.
(The screenshots and a PDF of the week’s voting list are published in the Forum Archives – in the menu tab.)
This explanation continues here> The Weekly Re-set