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== A forum? ==
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People have been [http://openhatch.org/bugs/issue90 asking] [http://openhatch.org/bugs/issue74 for] a web forum. It could provide the following benefits:
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* People could chat among themselves and figure out their ''own'' ideas for making open source a more fun place.
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** In general, it would help people have more ''conversations'' on the OpenHatch site. So as a group, we could discuss neat game-mechanics ideas, that sort of thing.
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* People could discuss their problems getting involved with projects.
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** People could say, "Hey, I found this bitesize bug and got stuck -- what do I do next?" and have a decent chance of someone answering.
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It would have the following costs:
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* We'd have to maintain a forum.
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* People will flame us and say that mailing lists are the answer to all of life's problems.
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== Okay, so which forum? ==
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=== Vanilla Forum ===
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* Pros:
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** Looks friendly by default
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** Nice, friendly, lightweight look
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** Decent story for user integration with Django
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** Could run it on a different web server, etc., since it's not Django
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** Mature forum software, presumably with features and stability
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* Can generate an RSS feed for a forum
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* Cons:
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** Since it's not Django, we'd have to try harder to maintain skinning
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** If we want to incorporate Vanilla items into the front page activity feed, we'd have to try harder.
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** No mailing list integration
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=== DjangoBB ===
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* Pros:
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** Looks like nicest Django web forum
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* Cons:
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** Would have to run it on the main server, meaning it could worsen load problems
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=== FUDForum ===
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* Pros:
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** Email list integration!
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* Can generate an RSS feed for a forum
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* Cons:
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** Ugly by default (but it's actually quite skinnable)
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=== Phorum ===
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* Pros:
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** Email list integration. Use two addon modules:
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** http://www.phorum.org/phorum5/read.php?62,140380 and http://www.phorum.org/phorum5/read.php?62,129244,129244#msg-129244

Revision as of 00:00, 11 June 2011

A forum?

People have been asking for a web forum. It could provide the following benefits:

  • People could chat among themselves and figure out their own ideas for making open source a more fun place.
    • In general, it would help people have more conversations on the OpenHatch site. So as a group, we could discuss neat game-mechanics ideas, that sort of thing.
  • People could discuss their problems getting involved with projects.
    • People could say, "Hey, I found this bitesize bug and got stuck -- what do I do next?" and have a decent chance of someone answering.

It would have the following costs:

  • We'd have to maintain a forum.
  • People will flame us and say that mailing lists are the answer to all of life's problems.

Okay, so which forum?

Vanilla Forum

  • Pros:
    • Looks friendly by default
    • Nice, friendly, lightweight look
    • Decent story for user integration with Django
    • Could run it on a different web server, etc., since it's not Django
    • Mature forum software, presumably with features and stability
  • Can generate an RSS feed for a forum
  • Cons:
    • Since it's not Django, we'd have to try harder to maintain skinning
    • If we want to incorporate Vanilla items into the front page activity feed, we'd have to try harder.
    • No mailing list integration

DjangoBB

  • Pros:
    • Looks like nicest Django web forum
  • Cons:
    • Would have to run it on the main server, meaning it could worsen load problems

FUDForum

  • Pros:
    • Email list integration!
  • Can generate an RSS feed for a forum
  • Cons:
    • Ugly by default (but it's actually quite skinnable)

Phorum