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On Thu, 2010-09-30 at 13:38 +0200, Karl-Heinz Gödderz wrote:
Mike Houben schrieb: 
Why making several forums? Make 1 Forum, 1 Maincategorie for
language. So people like me, who speaks french, german, english,
nederlands, can use the same forum and don't have to register 4
different accounts!

Thank you Mike. This is the point. I wanted to ask, if this is

Hello Folks,

First time here, so let me introduce myself.

My name is Drew, and I have been hanging out with the OO.o community for
a little while.

If I may wanted to jump in here with.

One quick point - web forums with multiple languages requiring multiple
user accounts.

Currently on the web forums that is a problem, but not
one that is a technical problem as much as historic. Many of the forums
run on different hosts, managed by different teams, launched from within
different NLC groups.

In the case of the 10 forums found at they should of
had a common user database and shared user accounts - and would of if
the original site admin had not decided to put that off till needed - he
was a fool. 

Anyway - to make a long story short - in the end it was decided not to
put in the work to 'clean up' the user accounts into a common database
mostly because there was always talk of having a consolidated login for
all systems within OO.o, not just the forums - that just never quite
seemed to materialize. 

*Another subject for discussion here perhaps, cause it is a lot easier
IMO to do this if it starts now, rather then try to bolt it on later -
personally I was, and am, in favor of using OpenID as the mechanism for
this..but there are other solutions for sure.

OK - so about forums in general.

Load - currently the forum on a busy day handles about
80,000 unique visitors., an English only forum, has about
75,000 unique visitors on a busy day. The busiest days are always just
after a new release, major releases see the largest spikes in traffic,
minor releases much smaller spikes, but they do spike.

I have no, reliable, data on the other forums, German, Norsk, etc.

alright - well this is getting rather long.

Just wanted to pass this along - 

The forum, and are 100% volunteer run - the site is hosted on a server in the machine room in Hamburg
DE, at the facility, under an agreement between the forum
volunteers group (this is our governing body) and Sun Microsystems -
Under that agreement it was understood that the forum is owned by the
Volunteers with Sun providing only hosting services.

The is owned by an OO.o community member with hosting
provided, pro bono and has been such for nearly 10 years now.

The day the new foundation was announced I opened discussions within the
volunteer group about exercising the part of the agreement that would
allow us to move the forum, or a copy of it, to a different host. This
would include not just the phpBB code but the full database behind it.

That discussion is actively under way.



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