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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby wolftune » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:33 pm

I met the head of phpBB at OSCON a couple months ago, and he seemed aweomse and made me feel good about phpBB as a project still.

Furthermore, he supported all my ideas about better moderation / conflict-resolution / staying-on-topic and will build out suggestions when I get around to formulating them as clear proposals.

So, I support STAYING with phpBB, just keep the forum updated to latest version of it!
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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby Michael Willis » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:57 pm

raboof wrote:Personally, I use search.php?search_id=newposts a lot.

Thanks, that helps (although admittedly that feature isn't exactly very discoverable).

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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby wolftune » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:47 am

falkTX wrote:Personal experience here:
I have used discourse (as user on their a couple of forums), and I just dont like how it works. Using it feels quite subpar compared to what we have here.
The fact that it relies on javascript so much is also a PITA


Discourse is superior to most other Javascript-heavy options and can be set up in ways that work quite well. But it is *very* heavy compared to phpBB. The *reliance* on JavaScript is obnoxious.

After seeing how phpBB as a project is still active and well-supported, I really think leave well-enough alone. We can anticipate future updates to phpBB to keep it usable etc.
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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby Luc » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:41 am

Michael Willis wrote:
raboof wrote:Personally, I use search.php?search_id=newposts a lot.

Thanks, that helps (although admittedly that feature isn't exactly very discoverable).

I prefer this one:
search.php?search_id=active_topics

These and others are found in the "Quick links" drawer on the top left corner of every page. Quite discoverable IMO. :wink:

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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby CrocoDuck » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:13 pm

From the point of view of a user, I find discourse forums OK. For example, I am quite fond of Julia discourse forums: https://discourse.julialang.org/. I think it is very easy to navigate and get into the sections of your interest.

Still, I don't exactly see a reason to switch over. I think this works just fine overall.
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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby Luc » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:42 pm

CrocoDuck wrote:From the point of view of a user, I find discourse forums OK. For example, I am quite fond of Julia discourse forums: https://discourse.julialang.org/. I think it is very easy to navigate and get into the sections of your interest.
Still, I don't exactly see a reason to switch over. I think this works just fine overall.

Ah, so that is Discourse? Thanks, I had no idea what it was like.
I hate it.

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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby CrocoDuck » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:42 pm

Luc wrote:I hate it.


Yeah, I sort of like it, but I don't entirely know why. Just like the movie Prometheus. There is a ton of wasted white space in every page (example: https://discourse.julialang.org/t/plots ... vior/14786). I think that what I like best is this sort of thematic organization: https://discourse.julialang.org/c/domain

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Re: transition everything to Discourse

Postby 42low » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:16 pm

Don't like it either. Very unclear and messy layout compared to phpbb (and almost all other common forums).


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