Hey Marcher, a question regarding what you mentioned above.
1. If the user logs into Wordpress via Wordpress' login form located at http://www.domain.com/wp-login.php should they be redirected to the page they were previously on? Currently when logging in on my site via the Wordpress URL I get redirected to the IP community.
I have a quick question: I could have sworn I saw a site running this app with a sidebar on the feed page, like the ip.board community page sidebar. Is this a supported option, to run a sidebar on the right with things like recent topics, posts, etc?
I would prefer an IPS made app. Just because I think it can be polished and would like IPS support, but since it's not something in the works I'll probably jump for one of the custom apps.
FACT: New members don't like navigating forums. I can understand that. It's a hassle, especially with multiple apps. Most people like to scroll brainlessly until something catches their eye - just like watching TV. That's the way it works. The way users find new information to interact with currently is far inferior to the vast majority of users. Most of my members have never seen, used, or understand the View New Content button.
If it isn't intuitive within three seconds and one page load, your potential new members are probably going back into their facebook groups to discuss your topic.
Not that I believe we should cater to everyone, but I think it's something that should be thought about in these times. Some communities have different needs, and a feed among other social-y things would broaden the IPS customer base quite a bit I imagine.
edit: Just to be clear, I think users should be able to directly reply to threads on the feed, blog entries, and possibly create new topics from this feed. Expanding divs "See more" to accommodate long content, the option to set the feed as the default community / log-in page, and the whole enchilada. I'll pre-pay for mine. :D