hey drew, installed drupal on my local machine once but never got into the nitty gritty details of it. I've heard it has a higher learning curve than something like Joomla for instance though this is mainly because it is so configurable. What you using for the main site content itself anyhow?
Also I'd recommend calling it treatment reviews as opposed to expericnes because people use the term reviews more in regular language and including on Google. This tool tells you want people are searching for (semi accurate estimates only - not 100% exact- but good for an idea) https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
type in treatment experiences and treatment reviews, theres about 38,000 more monlth searches for the later, so potentially your missing out on a lot of traffic from Google. Them numbers relate to general treatments reviews and experiences but people relate more to the term reviews I think. I also recommend using that tool to find out what information is important to people with SA in general and you could slightly alter you pages to target extra terms (for extra traffic from Google)
but anyway glad you think my idea is good.
You could leave experiences there on the main site for the moment and still 'trial' a review section on the forums. If its doesn't work you remove, nothing has gone from the main site. I know there a different cats of treatments such as scripts, herbs, books etc. but I think you could get away with putting them all in the same board WITH a 'Review Contents' or a 'Review Index' sticky thread at the top. In that thread you would have it broken into sections (meds, herbs etc) with links to the individual threads, thread would look something like this: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=998224
and be locked. Then as mentioned initally a thread would be needed for people to suggest new review threads.
The problem with this though, is trying to avoid dicussion in it. If each person was to only post once then people could sort by replies to see the most reviewed treatments but VB doesn't have an option for that I do not think. Then again a small about of discussion could have merit, for instance if someone seeks clarification on something mentioned in a review. How long can people edit their posts for on this board?
I haven;t used vbulliten since a few versions ago but I know that before it was capable of creating a kind of fake forum which actually linked to another webpage instead of an actual forum. I wonder is it possible to do the same with threads. so you create a review forum, and just add links directly to http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/...roducts/9.html
and other treatments etc. so its give much tighter integration between forum and site without changing your structure.
man I ramble.... sorry but I've ran sites since I was about 15, making them work better is a passion.
not many others a replying, can people please provide feedback. How many times you go to amazon just for the reviews? how many times you go to iherb just for the reviews? This site has potential to become something like that for SA suffers, please provide thoughts.