I'm hoping someone on here may be able to help me out. I'm getting ready to start a new forum, with many users coming from a forum that has existed for over 10 years, so there are many members already. The reason for starting the new forum is that members have requested certain features (primarily revolving around privacy) for more than 3 years, & the site owner will promise the changes but never follows through. Now it's become of paramount importance, so the members are wanting something new. I'm one of the members that has been around the longest, & have more knowledge of forums than most, so they are looking at me to put this together. While I've run forums in the past on phpBB, I've never run anything this complicated, so I'm hoping someone here might be able to help me out. Here's what I need:
Primary Account 1
Professional Member; Post only to public forum, post to public & private forum after 25 quality posts; Displays tally of "thanks", "reputation", & "years of experience" from primary & sub-account 1a
- Sub-account 1a; Verified Professional Member; Posts to public, private, & "verified only" forum; Displays tally of "thanks" & "reputation" from primary & sub-account 1a; profile will show the names of 3+ members who verified they knew the member personally.
- Sub account 1b; Anonymous Professional member; Post to private & "verified only" forum; no tallied displays
Primary Account 2
Fan Member; Post only to public forum; Displays tally of "thanks", "reputation", & "years of experience" from primary & sub-account 1a
- Sub-account 2a; Verified Professional Member; Posts to public, private, & "verified only" forum; Displays tally of "thanks" & "reputation" from primary & sub-account 2a; profile will show the names of 3+ members who verified they knew the member personally.
- Sub account 2b; Anonymous Professional member; Post to private & "verified only" forum; no tallied displays
Basically I want them to be able to login with either their e-mail address or the primary account name, then in certain forums they need the ability to change which name to post from, with one name being the default name to post from. Part of the issue is that our forum is primarily deals with people who are either celebrities or "mini-celebrities". On the public forum they want to be able to answer questions from others getting into their industry, but without anyone knowing who they are. The new professionals need to be able to easily distinguish whose opinion is more valuable though, which is why the tallies for "thanked"/"Reputation"/"Years of Experience" need to show up. The first sub-account will be used to ask & answer questions within the private & the "verified only" forum, but again they will want their "thanked"/"Reputation"/"Years of Experience" need to show up. The "verified only" section will be meant only for people who are personal friends of 3+ other members who are verified. Part of this is that many of the professionals work under a name that doesn't match their legal name. In the past if someone disappeared or a legal dispute arouse where the person was needed as a witness, no one knew how to reach them. For Fan members the verified section will simply be a way for the professionals to know who are serious customers, since many will either sign autographs or ship memorabilia.
Is this possible on phpBB3? I had someone tell me it is, but I haven't found documentation yet to support this, & I've been searching for a few days. Am I using the wrong terminology? I've tried terms like "parent & child accounts". I'm sure this is out there somewhere... I see similar issues discussed on role-play gaming communities where people want to post as different gaming characters. Is there a special modification to download? How do I set this up?
I would say that of most your requirements are possible with phpBB, vBulletin and IP.Board. Is that a good news?
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