Does this forum or any forum software have a function that can look at a thread & suggest similar threads that are current?
That is - a thread about the Cincinnati streetcar frequently goes into politics which leads to discussions of politicians & veers off topic. If councilman Jones were mentioned there & in the Cincinnati Council thread, a "suggestion" could be displayed at the top/bottom of the page with links to the other threads where Jones is being discussed.
Sort of a "People are also talking about..."
Seems like the app would just have to look at words & strings within a limited time period to puke up the links.
It wouldn't be much different than Amazon suggestions or ad placement software.
Of course it would be a further load on the server & I've noticed the heavy server load warning a lot lately.