I've worked on several client projects recently where there was a need for members to easily access downloadable items (PDFS, Spreadsheets etc) in forum discussions.
This simple tip looks for the word 'download' in links within forum discussions and then styles the link accordingly - it simply makes the download option more obvious.
How it works:
When you add an attachment to a forum discussion (1 below) in Ning 3.0 you get this box:
Upload your file and then ensure that the Title contains the word 'Download', in the instance above it's 'Download the PDF' (2).
Press OK and save the forum discussion.
Now for the script:
Open Social Site Manager, then Custom Code, and place this in the End of Page Code section:
x$('.discussionDetailPage .card .content a:contains("Download"), .discussionDetailPage .entry-content.cf a:contains("Download")').addClass('SP_Download');
Now for the CSS:
Open the Design Studio and Custom CSS, then add this:
padding:10px 15px 10px 40px;
background:-webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0.05, #F8F7F7), color-stop(1, #ECEBEB));
background:-moz-linear-gradient(top, #F8F7F7 5%, #ECEBEB 100%);
background:-webkit-linear-gradient(top, #F8F7F7 5%, #ECEBEB 100%);
background:-o-linear-gradient(top, #F8F7F7 5%, #ECEBEB 100%);
background:-ms-linear-gradient(top, #F8F7F7 5%, #ECEBEB 100%);
background:linear-gradient(to bottom, #F8F7F7 5%, #ECEBEB 100%);
border:solid 1px #c9c9c9;
This styling can of course be simplified and amended to taste.
Here is the result:
This tip has been tested using a Design Studio V1 theme and a Design Studio V2 theme.
It won't be for everyone but is a good option for people with a forum where only admins add content and can control the links in the discussions.