I have a Joomla 1.5 site and I need to know how to do a few tweaks. Even if you can't fully answer both questions below, any significant info that will get me further along will be awarded 500 points. I would be happy to split this into 2 separate EE questions if that would help. I have been stalled on this for a long time, though I believe it's not very hard to do for a Joomla expert.
See the center column titled Latest News. Each article summary has an "Add new comment" link at the bottom. This center column is using the mod_latestnews module.
See the left column titled Featured Blog Posts. That column uses the mod_placehere module.
At the bottom of each mod_placehere article summary (left column), just like in mod_latestnews, I need the "Add new comment" link to appear and be functional. Emphasis: Not a static, hardcoded link, but dynamic, just like it works in mod_latestnews (center column). I am using JComments for the comment engine. I'm open to plugging in something different for the comment engine if it's easier/better.
Login needs to be required before comments can be posted. When a guest/anonymous user clicks "Add new comment", I want them taken to a login screen with the option to log in or create an account. If they create an account, require username, password, firstname, lastname, email address. After login or account creation, I want user redirected back to the article they want to add a comment to, ready to add their comment and save. If user is already logged in, when they click Add new comment, they should be taken directly to the screen where they can add the comment to that article and save.