I'm new to Ning 3.0 but was vary familiar with the old Ning prior to 2013. I would love for there to be an easy way to have the main forum display by category (and while we are on the topic, sub-categories grouped under main categories), while still having a sidebar displaying posts by most recent. A great non-Ning example of forum display by category and sub-category would be like this http://www.mothering.com/forum/index.php
Here on the creators forum, you can view the forum by category if you choose in the drop-down menu - https://creators.ning.com/by-category - the boxy display of each category is ok but if you have more than half a dozen categories, then even that wouldn't be a good solution. I would still like to know how this is done though.
It would be very valuable for our network to be able to have brief discriptions under/with each category.
I would also love to be able to create sticky posts or a top post that always stays at the top of a category.
Our organization wants to create our Ning network & forum to discuss a lot of issues around maternal health care and advocacy in our state so having clear categories instead of a random stream of most recent posts will be very important to us.
If anyone has tips or advice for how to do some of this without me becoming a coding expert - maybe by using forum instances? - please let me know. Like I said, I'm a brand new creator with 3.0