Interest in forum solution?

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Is there any interest in a forum solution?
I started to build one based on a small presentation I held a while ago.

It's not complete, but I think the structure is simple and would be easy to extend. Was just wondering if there's any interest, maybe even someone who's be happy to help work on it together?

>https://github.com/ortic/concrete5-forum...

Remo
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mnakalay replied on at Permalink Reply
mnakalay
Hi Remo,

A conversation about the need for a forum platform resurfaces from time to time -sporadically- so there's probably some interest but I'm not sure it is overwhelming.

Forums are a big hassle to manage and It seems many are just happier using Facebook groups instead.

I don't mean to sound discouraging and my opinion is based on limited "data" so "face-value" is not to be trusted.

I for one will happily download and study anything you code :)
mnakalay replied on at Permalink Reply
mnakalay
I quote "Instead of using pages for everything, this forum uses a lean structure that should be more performant than a page + attribute based solution. In order to handle the requests and still have clean urls, we are overriding the view method in the page type controller. That way we can handle all requests in an elegant way and keep SEO friendly URLs."

Right there you made my point (about studying) and my day, thank you!
RickJ replied on at Permalink Reply
Yes, I would be very interested in a forum solution.
MrKDilkington replied on at Permalink Reply
MrKDilkington
Hi Remo,

I've seen the same thing as mnaklay, that over the last 3 years there have been requests for a forum add-on.

A forum that could be installed and managed through concrete5 would be very interesting. Especially for those who want to self-host their forums, but don't know how to install, manage, and update dedicated forum software.

I agree that using Facebook is easy, free, and offers a lot of features, but for some the privacy issues and restrictions can be a problem. One example is that Facebook appears willing to take down groups based on complaints from users and governments with limited investigation into the merits of the complaint.

I would also be interested in studying the code you came up with.
Remo replied on at Permalink Reply
Remo
Thanks for the feedback guys!

I'll keep this on my todo list. Got to take care of money business for a bit though.

@mnakalay, @MrKDilkington the interesting magic (read hacky part) is found here:
https://github.com/ortic/concrete5-forum/blob/master/controllers/pag... That's what I'm doing to handle all my sub-page request to ensure we've got pretty urls despite that I don't create pages for each topic. The ancient forum I'm using on concrete5.ch uses a very similar approach.
MrKDilkington replied on at Permalink Reply
MrKDilkington
@Remo

That is excellent news.

I am happy to help test it.
Gondwana replied on at Permalink Reply
Gondwana
tl;dr: yes!

I used to run a phpBB forum alongside a c5 site for the group's other pages. I never liked having the two separate environments, and users rarely went from one to the other. Had there been a good forum block (or whatever) in c5, I could have integrated everything nicely.
typoman76 replied on at Permalink Reply
typoman76
Hi Remo.
Was on your presentation on the swiss meeting. And yes we had some requests for a forum with concrete5. Actually have some private need for a interested based group on hobbies. And a school internal blackboard done like a forum.
So yes. There is a need for this. I can help with testing and design.