Forums in Drupal
To create forums in drupal the forum module has to be activated, then from content management>forums>add container a container is created to group related forums, which in turn hold the actual topics. I have created a container called general and have thrown in few forums such as “Announcements”, “New to the forum?”, etc. with their respective description. The problem that I´ve had is that no path is specified on creation of container, and couldn´t see a forums link on the site´s navigation´s primary links, until after some reading found out that http://localhost/drupal/forum takes the user to the forums page. I still needed a button to link the user there, so I tried to create a page to hold the forums and container with a ´forum´path, but it would overwrite the forums and display just that page. Finally realized that from site building>menus>primary links a new menu item could be added with the path forum to point to the forums. Found the following link useful: http://tips.webdesign10.com/how-to-make-a-drupal-forum
The challenges from here are:
a- allocating user roles and permissions to access/maintain the forum
b- skinning the forum.