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Thought that the idea of implementing this in a forum would be a good idea but its not.

I am desperately searching for ways to create (hopefully) a large community and have them create content(like posts with text attachements e.t.c), BUT i need them to work in groups of 2-4 people.

Forums are not a good idea for the simple reason that you would need to create thousands of forums and manually administer them.

For example lets assume that the community has 10.000 people in ~2.500 groups.

If each group demands for 2-3 subforums i will end up having ~7000 subforums to administer in any board software.

Its easy to say "write your own" but that's what i want to avoid, at least for the beginning.

I would appreciate any ideas that you guys have.

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OpenAtrium is based on Drupal and for free. The default organizational unit there is a group. It provides a blog and a notebook (wiki) and some features for each group. It took me about 1h to install and configure and I have seen some nice themes for it as well (but not yet tested).

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I got to watch the introductory video and it seems very nice, but too much for what i need and more closed to extensive custom development that i want to do....I am fighting against the idea (that request a lot of time) to manually create my primary data repository from scratch...Primary data = people's posts –  e4rthdog May 25 '12 at 12:11
    
I don't understand what the actual problem is. Do you mean you have a lot of posts in an existing database which needs to be migrated? Then you can write a script to do the migration process for users and posts. What do you mean with too much for what i need and more closed to extensive custom development that i want to do? –  Michael May 25 '12 at 13:02
    
yes you are right. NO i dont have existing data, only requirements for what i want to build. I need a blog that each user can have its own, or each group (of 2-4persons) can have its own, AND being able to custom develop apps on these entries and manipulate them... –  e4rthdog May 25 '12 at 13:04
    
Ok, then which of those requirements is not met by openatrium? What do you mean with AND being able to custom develop apps on these entries and manipulate them? What apps? The base for openatrium is a mysql database which you can easily access and modify. You can also develop plugins for drupal/openatrium or pick from existing ones. –  Michael May 25 '12 at 13:28
    
Indeed you are correct. I would prefer for atrium to have some kind of api but thats not a requirement. In time i would need other functions like forum for example. As for the apps an example is a system where the user could download offline in various formats his content and keep it. Other apps include specialized functions regarding the general idea which i cannot reveil publicly until i release it... –  e4rthdog May 25 '12 at 14:57
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