Weblogs and Threaded Discussion Forums Together

Lee Lefever of Common Craft is looking for a hosted combination of weblog and threaded discussion group. This would indeed make it easier for a learning director to monitor discussions that may be springing up in various places as a weblog for a course grows.
For example, the course I'm running now has multiple discussions going simultaneously. With one weblog front end that shows the most recent comments users can see which threads are active and who is contributing. We started by listing the five most recent comments just to try to limit the length of the list in the sidebar. But as discussions get active comments get pushed off the list very rapidly, and it's possible that a comment could get pushed off the list before anyone sees it. We've extended the list but clearly there has to be a better way to alert people that a discussion is active.

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