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We dont want users to subscribe if they dont want to.
We just want users to be able to post there comments onto the bottom of an article that we have on the website.
Is there anything like this out there?
We also want our visitors to be able to vote on articles and write new articles of there own etc.
I'd like to find something similar to what the OP is talking about, too, if I understand it correctly. Maybe I don't understand blogs well enough to know all that they can do, but my main problem with the ones I've seen is the linear way they're set up - one article at a time, then getting displaced by the next one. I have a regular article section, where I'd like readers to be able to leave comments on any or all of the articles at the same time. I don't need the "dailiness" of a blog; The articles are research-intensive and I usually add two or three a month. At the moment, they're discussed on a separate forum set-up, often with ongoing discussions on more than one article at a time, but it would be nice to be able to have comments on the same page with the article.
Is that possible to do with blog software, considering that when I say I'm "hacking," it means I need a coughdrop? I've looked at the WordPress site and still don't really know.
OTOH, if the discussions are going reasonably well (not terrifically), maybe it's better to leave well enough alone?
I almost though of modding a guestbook script to have a guestbook on each article so users could post.
I have seen sites embed Vbulletin into article pages.
All I want is the ability to have a comments section just like a blog but without the blog software.
I'm not anti-blog. I have two of them but it just doesn't fit into the model I want to do.
I'd lean toward the blog software simply because it can function like a CMS and get you away from hand-editing links, etc., when you add content.