Ok ... first I will preface this to say I am VERY new to this whole hacking thing, and I dont understand any of it ... just ask Josh.
For most of my forums on my sites I want to have the normal topic order as the default view ... newest topics with replies on top, etc. However, there are certian forums that I want to have different, or unique topic viewing.
1) I would like to have topics in order of when the initial post starter was made (newest to oldest). For instance, this would be for news. So, the most recent news post would be on top. Right now, if a person replies to a news topic that is from 2 weeks ago, it puts that on top of the listing, and that is not what I want.
2) I would like to have topics ordered by alpha (A - Z). This would be for a databased style forum. The order would not change when replies are added. For instance, for my gaming site, each topic would be the name of a game and in alpha order ... like:
Rally Fusion: Race Of Champions
RedCard Soccer 2003
Roller Coaster Tycoon
Run Like Hell
Thanks! I am sure I will have more questions as we go along. I am still unsure exactly everything that I want to do with the structure, but this will be a good start.