Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: OpenACS.org upgrade (was: Openacs.org having problems. Refrain from using it until Sept 25th)
It is rather embarassing to see OpenACS perpetuate this particular bug over and over again. The page of links to the user's contributed content is perhaps the single simplest yet very valuable feature that ACS and OpenACS have always gotten right. (While every single other bulletin board or mailing list archive I've ever seen has always gotten wrong, by either never bothering to think about it at all, or by never having a central user data model to tie it to.)
Heck, Philip G. (and probably others as well) have written about the value of this one simple feature, both extolling its own usefullnes and using it to illuminate the benefits and community centric design of OpenACS as a whole - and yet openacs.org has broken it repeatedly, and now some of its own maintainers apparently don't understand its value! Not good.
a) We decided to keep openacs.org on released code.
b) That particular piece of code has been taken out some time ago from the toolkit.
What I am going to do is write up a TIP and it would be great if you could help refining it and later on implementing it.
Running openacs.org off the stock toolkit is indeed attractive for various reasons, so I recommend simply adding the feature back, but with a setting to turn it on/off. Turn the feature on for openacs.org, leave it defaulted to off in the stock toolkit. Then at your leisure, write a TIP to change the default setting from off to on.