I am using categories as the default homepage as that is what most of my members prefered but i would still like to be able to show like 10-15 recent posts on the side bar, how would i do this?
if you point to discussions.json you have a json object you can fetch and manipulate (try the JSONView plugin for firefox to inspecting). Just traverse through discussion, an insert using a simple template pre-styled to the side panel.
I'm not currently taking on more jobs for a while.
grep is your friend.
Probably best accomplished with a plugin, though you may be able to cook something up in a template...
Sounds like a good candidate for my pro bono plugin-a-day series, though I'm not sure if I can keep that up tomorrow.
Maybe you can "sponsor" @x00 to do it, looks like he's awake.
Sorry for the cheeky mention @x00... I wouldn't have thought to pull it off this way, great to learn from a master!
Do I need to install this to do that? http://vanillaforums.org/addon/542-api-json