Interest in forum solution?2 users found helpful
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?
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 :)
Right there you made my point (about studying) and my day, thank you!
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.
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.
That is excellent news.
I am happy to help test it.
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.
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.