Multiple view modes. Display your discussions in a flat style, reminiscent of other popular forum software, or in a threaded view more similar to slashdot or popular blog comments
Discussion Categories Block
A discussion categories allows you to build multiple forums in different parts of your site, and display them with great flexibility.
Can be easily used multiple times on one page, with each block pointing to different areas on your site.
Allows sorting by display order or date of activity.
Discussion Topics Block
Can display topics (top-level discussion posts) from anywhere in your site.
Can use the global sort mode, or a custom sort mode on a per-block basis. Valid sorting options are topic name, topic date, latest reply, views and replies. Users can also override these settings.
Discussion Guestbook Block
Allows site owners to replace the existing guestbook block with one that uses the discussion system as its backend.
Displays its contents in an attractive threaded view, complete with user avatars and badges support (see below.)
No need to reinvent the wheel. At their core, discussion categories, topics and posts are all concrete5 pages; they can have blocks, custom attributes, and permissions attached to them, and can be organized, aliased and searched exactly like other pages.
Discussions may be pinned, ensuring that they will be shown at the top of every topic list.
Posting and Editing
BBCode support is included, using the BBCode block (which comes with the discussion application.)
Closing discussions is easy, allowing discussions to remain while no longer accepting new posts.
Content Filtering: posting can be disallowed based on the content of the "banned words" file.
Editing Posts is possible – and editing your own posts can only be done for a certain amount of time.
Posters can remove their own posts.
Access Control. concrete5 permissions for editing and removing posts are honored.
Users, Profiles, Registration and Email Support
Each discussion can be monitored by a user, who will then receive updates any time that discussion is posted to.
Respond through email. With some additional configuration, monitored discussions can then be responded to solely through email, without returning to the main website.
User Posts Block
Displays all the posts created by a user, with paging.
When added to the global profile page, will display the posts of the current user profile being viewed.
Integrated completely with concrete5 groups, User Badges allows administrators to create special "badge" groups, assign an image to them, and assign those users badges.
The User Badges block displays the badges of a given user. When added to the global profile page, this block will display the badges of the current user profile being viewed.
A customizable setting allows badges to be displayed in an AJAX overlay whenever a user avatar is moused over.
Easy Administration: administrators can administer a user's badges from within the context of the discussion being read, via a dialog box.
Post-to-Page Wizard. A page migration tool allows discussion posts to be easily converted into content pages, and vice versa.
Limitless flexibility. Usage of multiple discussion blocks throughout one site can give extensive control to the administrator of a concrete5 forums setup. Want your forum content centralized? It's easy. Want it to mirror the style of blog comments? Just as easy.
Files and Attachments
Attachments to posts are fully supported.
Multiple attachments to a post can be posted and edited.
Files are completely integrated with the concrete5 file manager, meaning that they can be administered, searched, edited and interacted with using the file manager. File permissions are also honored.