An idea for Vanilla Forums to create the first community book
I've been very fortunate to meet awesome people on here and get lots of detailed help and understanding.
I thought of an idea that I think will help grow the community and also reward the people sharing their time and knowledge here. Here it goes:
What if vanilla discussions allowed posters to offer bounties ($5-$x) for their question. Then whoever has the best solution (step-by-step or explanation) gets the bounty awarded to them by the poster. This way we are rewarding developers for their time and knowledge, and creating lots of content for Google searches to grow this community/platform.
Then something really interesting happens-- All the questions that bounties were awarded for are automatically inserted into an ebook (with discussion title being inserted into table of contents of the book) and the discussion question/solution+discussion link are entered into the book so that clicking the title in table of contents of the book leads to the question and solution, with a hyper link underneath to discussion link. So you're literally auto generating an ebook of examples with 200+ examples.
The ebook gets sold and part of the revenue goes to Vanilla and part of it gets split with the developers who answered the bounties.
I love learning from examples and I think this is the best way for beginners to learn about Vanilla. It will give developers an incentive so they aren't freelancing the site 100%. At the same time this will also lead to less questions asked that could be found through search because people will find their answers in the ebook.