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On Fri, 2011-11-04 at 16:00 +0100, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
On 04/11/2011 15:56, drew wrote:
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:


One thing i did forget to mention. If nabble is goign to be kept we can 
link hot topics in the forums to closed discussions on the mailing list 
directly to their appropriate section of the forum as well.

Right - well, actually one doesn't need Nabble for that at all - you can
link directly to an email in the TDF archive.

This is, I think, a better time to continue this conversation not so
much from the view of a web form features - but a bit more to see how
much interest there is from folks willing to help answer questions that
way - looking at those numbers on the wiki again one specific number
that should not be overlooked is the number of un-answered topics on the
phpBB de language forum - even inside the domain it's not a slam dunk -
the key is less the package (phpBB/Joomla/Drupal) and much more who is
actively watching out for activity.


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