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Re: [tdf-discuss] phpbb for the official LO forums


On Fri, 2011-11-04 at 16:49 +0100, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
On 04/11/2011 16:45, drew wrote:
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.

<snip>


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.

<snip>


Is there a way for all moderators to be emailed when there is a new 
thread or post to a thread with out requiring all posts to be approved 
by moderators?


Well, one does not need to be a moderator to have behavior, phpBB
specifically, and with all of the packages I know off, any registered
user can set a watch flag on a specific board(s) - though the BBS
software packages have evolved to use a notification pattern weighted to
be as un-obtrusive as possible.

What that means is that when someone watches a list (or group of lists)
a notification email is sent when the first update happens on (a new
topic or new post - no packages I know of trigger an email if the only
change is an edit to an existing post) that list - and does NOT send
additional notifications until you login to the site next _and_ read at
least one of the updates message threads. This can throw people at
first.

//drew


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