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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: user forums ?


Hi,

Christian Lohmaier wrote on 2011-11-03 16:17:

You cannot move threads to other topics, you cannot edit messages
afterwards, you cannot delete posts, you cannot mark posts as sticky
or "resolved", etc.

indeed, good points. However, I am not sure if this is what the majority of users would do anyways (althought it's agreeably a nice feature), but I think it's simply a "It doesn't look like a forum I know"-thing that keeps people from using it.

When people complained we have nothing like a forum, and I pointed them to Nabble, all I got was a "This is not a forum", without further explanation, which makes nailing down the problem a bit troublesome. ;-)

If LO is going to have an own forum, then there shall be a bunch of
moderators that are to ensure to keep the different topics organized,
ensure that a certain level of posting discipline is respected, make
sure that the repeated questions or spam-posts to just put an older
topic further up the list are kept to a minimum. Forum-Sheriffs if you
want to use a loaded term.

Yes, I agree. Moderators in forums are even more important than on mailing lists, because forums will attract more casual users to whom the term Netiquette does not ring any bell, usually. ;-)

It would be great, in case we go with own forums, to have a handful of moderators right from the beginning. If not, I would even be willing to see how things develop and have the guts to just do it. In case the forum gets just messy and has to be shut down, c'est la vie, but we at least tried it.

Florian

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