Choosing a forum

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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


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


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