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Orchard Forum Module Discussion

Topics: Announcements, General, Writing modules
Nov 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM
Edited Nov 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Hi All, so a Forum module is top of the uservoice list for Orchard, and I have made a lot of progress in building one. Before I release, I would like your suggestions on what you would like in the Forum module that I may have overlooked

What do we already have?

- CRUD Forum, Thread, Post
- Navigation in forums, threads, and posts
- Open/Close Threads with message
- Ability to change to HTML, Markdown etc (Not using BodyPart) 
- Quick Reply to Post
- Reply to Post page which allows you to extend what a user can do
- Categories and Tags at a Thread level (this includes default ones)
- Framework for Popularity Algorithm. (I have written a sample SO one)

Things I conciser out of scope...

- Moderation (will be part of a recipe with 1.7 based on WorkFlow) 
- Users can sign-in using Facebook / Twitter accounts and/or custom single sign-on with your site.   (Can already do with with the Open Authentication Module)
- Built-in search engine (Lucene.NET) - (Implemented in core, just need to switch it on)

My current backlog...

- Rss feeds
- Fast quoting 
- Role based forums 

What suggestions do you the community have?

What should be "Out Of The Box" within a Forum Module? 

Do you have any radical/concept idea's?

Nov 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM

yaf is a good source for what we could expect from a forum.

Nov 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Nice! A very nice asset to the Orchard Community.

Some features I would appreciate in the forum, if more radical features might come to mind I will share them with you.

  • User growth management. (Measure amount of posts to grant more privileges by obtaining a higher user title or role)
  • Share posts on twitter/facebook..
  • Advanced skinning options.
  • Possibility for admin to add bannersspace/addsense in the forum

Nov 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Edited Nov 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM
cartago wrote:
  • Possibility for admin to add bannersspace/addsense in the forum

I don't think this should be a feature in the forum module. This would better fit in a general "addsense" module, which would allow you to put addsense on any page, not just forum pages.

One thing I would like to see in the forums is the possibility to create forums and categories. Now you can only create forums and inside those, the threads will be created. But I'd like extra dept, so that I could create a structure like this:

 - Graphic cards
 ---- Thread: Help! my graphic card is broken!
 - Sound cards 
 ---- Thread: What is a good sound card to buy? 
 - CPUs
 ---- Thread: How do I overclock my CPU?
 - Operating systems
 ---- Thread: Help, my Windows won't boot!
 - Security software
 ---- Thread: What is a good free antivirus? 

Nov 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Do you need nested Forums? Or would you see this as more of Forum Categories?

Nov 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM
Edited Nov 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The latter, I would see it more as forum categories, not nested forums. Like the following example:

Nov 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Categories is better, but I wonder if handling hierarchies of categories is necessary. I can't find an example which forum hierarchies, and I am afraid being able to handle hierarchies would just result in a complexification of the theming story.

Nov 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I tend to agree. I think Categories and Tags on a Forum are good enough for the time being. If there is a demand for multiple category levels then we can revisit that story later.

Nov 22, 2012 at 7:45 PM

And taxonomies would work fine for that if you can make them work on the front-end (don't see why not).

Apr 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM
Is this project still moving forward? It would fill a major feature gap, IMO.
Apr 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM
Sure is.... .. The latest off the dev branch works with the tip of 1.x
Apr 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I will take a look. Thanks for the prompt reply.