I wonder if anybody would be so kind as to give me a little guidance? I'm trying to work out how practical it would be to deploy YAF by integrating it into an existing .NET 2.0 web site, in order to set up a comments facility. The website has to maintain its current masterpage appearance, but I'm trying to find out if it is possible to integrate a subset of the components of YAF into a page to provide basic commenting features, but with the objective of probably going on subsequently to 'leverage' more of the functionality of YAF as the site expands and requires a greater forum functionality. I suppose I am currently looking for something somewhere between a guestbook and a forum at the moment, but I'm having trouble finding any ASP.NET libraries that might be suitable. I could set up a whole new DAL and BLL for the site, as I already have done for the bespoke intranet web application that it hosts, but rather than reinvent the wheel for the publicly available content, I thought something like YAF might give me a headstart. Does this sound like a realistic approach? In the first place I would need users to leave comments, optionally by logging in, to allow replies and ratings etc, and to allow admin control by users logged into the intranet. It seems like YAF would easily handle this, but how modular are the components? How easy would it be to separate out particular features, and to elaborate on the features later as required. Has anybody any experience of this sort of approach, or is it more of an all or nothing system, with all the components highly integrated into very specific YAF pages that would be difficult to combine with existing pages?
Thanks for any advice about this!