Registered workers ONLY (schools + companies) forums?
I'm convinced I've read this being touched on in another thread but despite hefty searches can't find it!
Would it be possible to create a secure area (in terms of who can view / submit, not in terms of SSL) that ONLY users who have been confirmed as working in schools, or working in registered companies could enter, view and submit messages?
Thinking more technically, would it be possible to develop a system where existing forums are still used but are unaccessible to unverified users?
Obviously this facility would require additional administrative effort (for which I'm more than willing to volunteer!), but the system would allow users the peace of mind when posting messages.
The worst case scenario would see users have to email / fax to have their position verified (which again, I'd volunteer to assist with), but I'm sure this could be adapted and made easier if we pooled ideas?
The concept might be viewed as slightly controversial as one could argue that EduGeek's popularity is partly based on the fact that anyone can (and does) contribute, which I wouldn't want to stop. Having a separate secure area that users could choose to post to as an alternative to the public areas would allow the users to make informed choices about who they wanted to see their messages - and generally increasing user choice leads to positives!
What do others think?