To my understanding, with the upcoming launch of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 site, we’re NationBuilder’s first foray into purely entertainment brands and the rabid fan-bases that surround and support them. While the NationBuilder platform already has many pieces of functionality that are ideal for these purposes, the one area we’ve discovered it appears to be significantly lacking is having a native forums platform. The make-shift ‘forums’ that we were given is not going to accomplish what we need to provide to fans, so we’re going to have to launch without it until we have a better alternative solution.
The ideal solution would be for NationBuilder to include a native forums platform that integrates directly with your CMS so that it tracks user activity, we’re able to include subscriber-only content behind that paywall (consistent with other sections of the site), and it maintains single sign-on.
It would be great to hear NationBuilder’s thoughts on this, and what a potential roadmap could look like for implementing, as we will need to move forward with plans to implement something in the coming months, whether it be something NationBuilder can offer or adding in a third-party solution. I do strongly feel offering a native, robust forums solution is going to be essential if NationBuilder is looking to grow their business in the entertainment market.