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On Fri, 2011-11-04 at 15:29 +0100, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
Hey guys I know there has been alot of chatter about user forums. Here 
is my suggestion.

I am setting up my own forums using phpbb and here are a few points that 
i would like to make in regards to using it.

1) Localization

I only need one language, but localization administration seems quite 
easy to do via the administrator control panel.

2) Forum security.

Forum security is a big issue especially against spammers and those who 
break the forum rules. Image based captcha comes as part of phpbb and 
one needs to ensure the appropriate required packages are installed for 
it to work.

Another issue is those people who break forum rules. Bans can be made 
using a persons email address as well as ip address and vice versa to 
ensure that a given person cannot re register.

Forum permissions are easy to manage as well as everyone ends up in a 
group, and those groups are given particular permissions depending on 
the group.

I am not sure if one already has an account on the wiki if phpbb can use 
existing accounts in a particular database or someone would be required 
to reregister again.

Another perk about using phpbb we can then customize it to have a TDF 
look and feel.


Hi Jonathan

Cool - I think there are multiple persons here that would be interested
in working on and at a forum (and Q+A) site for sure. 

Well, I was starting a reply to Florian's 
- There are a couple of LibreOffice branded web forums up and running
already and then of course the mailing lists.

- it made sense to me to take a quick look at where things really are,
at the moment, to which end I've started pulling (maybe finished) some
numbers together here:

Right now the libreoffice web forums are actually having a bit of a hard
time, IMO, getting a lot of traction. While the mailing lists are
performing fairly well I think, (it's all based on the size of the user
base, bottom line..right?)

Now the fact we don't link to any of those web properties directly (or
not liberally might be a better term) from the main project site(s) is
part of why the numbers are what they are, I believe.

So - I really would agree with where Florian is going when he says he
prefers the idea of - If a new site (forum), then lets do it within the
formal site structure..which I know you offered to setup/admin same on a
VM with the TDF infrastructure, I think that's a wonderful offer.

anyway - A few more thoughts as I can fit in later this morning.

Best wishes,

Drew Jensen

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