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@jeffporten_twitter: I have a View block pulling from a database that's called in a layout. Works fine when the layout path is /about/board and that's where the link goes, but I want it to be a regular page with a comments thread. Thought the way to do this was to make the layout path /about/board/% and the page live at /about/board/members, but that's not doing it. Context is set to Content (node).
@jeffporten_twitter do you have a node type with comments enabled already?
If so, you could override the display of one of those nodes, and place the view onto it.
or, you could place that same view into the default layout with a visibility condition of path = node/NID
Settings are such that any new Page has a comments thread, visible only to certain roles. (I'm using Page comments as the discussion for the staging reviewers, if anyone wants to talk about a particular page's text or UI.) I am having a bit of trouble wrapping my head around the layouts metaphor, as in my world a layout is something that does not exist until it's applied to something like a page—so I was surprised when I found that a layout with a hardcoded path Just Works there. Also means that I'm not getting how to apply a layout to other nodes.
"Override the display of one of those nodes" sounds like a good idea, and as a newbie I need you to explain that in small words. I looked around various options for a given page earlier today, and couldn't find a way to assign a new layout to one.
Okay, got it! node/% as the path and /about/board/members as the visibility condition (an alias for node/32), I get the page I want with the block in the right place.
Will re-up my prior comment asking about layout switching for all authenticated users, which I don't think has been approved yet.