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MacGyver
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Hi Matt,

 

Nice idea with the forum! However I would have a recommendation which platform would be better to use.. I assume this is some paid WordPress solution which might not be ideal from the long term maintenance/support/etc. If you crawl around the internet and various forum solutions you will find one of them being used pretty heavily these days - Discourse. It's an opensource project (free if you host it on your own), looks really good, responsive design, allows you to theme it to your needs, have big community thus plenty plugins (voting/polls/gifs/etc.) and really easy to install and maintain (if you know the basics of linux and docker). It comes with a maintenance script (upgrade/restart/backup/etc) but you can do this from the app itself via the admin menu.

Some examples:

 

I would give it a second thought. If you would need help with setting it up I will be glad to assist.

 

Anyway keep up good work! Michal

 

EDIT:

Definitely resilient to bots and spammers 😉

This topic was modified 6 months ago by MacGyver
 
Posted : 08/04/2022 4:46 pm
Theon_Greyjoy
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bloody hell!

spammers have already overrun us.

 
Posted : 08/04/2022 6:13 pm
lzodd
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Discourse is indeed super popular and easy to navigate as well -- however, I do like the current layout as-is, it's similar to the Arch Linux forums, which I frequent.

Also, as you initially mentioned, it is super resilient to spam and bot-accounts.

 

Posted by: @macgyver

plenty plugins (voting/polls/gifs/etc.)

This I actually did not know -- most communities which also leverage Discourse have some sort of plugin(s) in place that make interacting with the community more of a grind and chore than just diving right in and conversing.

 
Posted : 08/04/2022 6:26 pm
DIY Perks
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Yes, that was a bit... tense 😐

Modified some settings so hopefully it won't happen again.

Back to topic...

 

Discourse was DEFINITELY on my raydar, but unfortunately I hit a brick wall when it came to installing it etc and it was just beyond my skillset. It does sound good, to be fair, so if this one feels too limiting it's my second port of call I think.

Any advice on what would be involved in setting it up?

 
Posted : 08/04/2022 6:28 pm
lzodd
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There does seem to be a WordPress-Discourse plugin readily available, from an initial search on their website, perhaps you can look into that?

You do already have a running WordPress instance (this website I'd assume?), so it should be a breeze attaching that specific plugin.

However, I'm still not quite sure how and if it is possible to migrate the current populated forum over to the Discourse instance, though that should be explained as well.

 
Posted : 08/04/2022 6:32 pm
lzodd
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Addendum (would've edited it in, but unfortunately the time to edit expired or something like that)

Reading further (heh), that plugin only serves as an interface to your Discourse instance.
However, there is a document available that should help you installing Discourse and attaching it properly; they say that it's up-and-running in 30 Minutes (take that with a grain of salt).

Alternatively, if you are a DigitalOcean user, there is a one-click installation available to make getting Discourse up a breeze. They do mention DigitalOcean in the document as example, but as long as you can run Docker (a virtualization software) on your webserver you're good to go 👍 

If you do have questions, I'm positive the Discourse community is happy to help, though it does seem like there are a lot of folks around here who also do know their stuff.

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Posted : 08/04/2022 6:48 pm
MacGyver
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Posted by: @diyperks

Yes, that was a bit... tense 😐

Modified some settings so hopefully it won't happen again.

Back to topic...

 

Discourse was DEFINITELY on my raydar, but unfortunately I hit a brick wall when it came to installing it etc and it was just beyond my skillset. It does sound good, to be fair, so if this one feels too limiting it's my second port of call I think.

Any advice on what would be involved in setting it up?

I can set it up for you as a testing instance on my home server (got plenty of resources). However if you want it live I would recommend some hosting provider due easy DDoS attack these days (even though if you are behind Cloudflare skilled attacker can track your original IP address and attack it). Cloud hosting natively comes with protection against average DDoS attacks without any extra fees.

Anyway you can play around with it on my hosting and since all is dockerized (meaning it is not installed directly on a host but it runs in virtual container like VM) it is trivial to migrate it anywhere where you have docker engine. It is basically everywhere 🙂

If you are interested, just let me know.

Michal

 

EDIT:

I suppose you have a terminal access to your hosting as well, so you could maintain it all by yourself in the future.

This post was modified 6 months ago by MacGyver
 
Posted : 08/04/2022 6:51 pm
pimanema
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Posted by: @diyperks

Yes, that was a bit... tense 😐

Modified some settings so hopefully it won't happen again.

Back to topic...

 

Discourse was DEFINITELY on my raydar, but unfortunately I hit a brick wall when it came to installing it etc and it was just beyond my skillset. It does sound good, to be fair, so if this one feels too limiting it's my second port of call I think.

Any advice on what would be involved in setting it up?

Hi Matt,

Setting up a discourse forum looks more daunting than it is. If you have basic webhosting knowledge, then you should have no problems setting one up with the help of a guide (there's many out there). Alternatively there are also managed hosting services out there that simplify setting it up to filling out mere webforms (an example being communiteq).

Should you want to set it up on your own (it's fun, I promise), then generally you'll come across:

  • Using a cloud service like DigitalOcean.
  • Some basic command line shenanigans, such as configuring root login, installing Discourse on the aforementioned cloud service (probably with another service like Docker), and configuring Discourse.
  • Setting up an e-mail service for the forum (again, most of it is automated and comes with step-by-step instructions).
  • DNS configuration.
  • Some standard forum configuration (with a GUI, don't worry) like having moderators, rules, etc.

As MacGyver already mentioned, all of us are more than happy to help you set it up. I'm sure that would include a step-by-step instruction manual.

 
Posted : 08/04/2022 7:16 pm
Sandy
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I personally much prefer this phpBB style forum. I just find Discourse so unintuitive but I know that lots of people like it more than the old bulletin board style.

 
Posted : 08/04/2022 7:33 pm
pimanema
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Posted by: @sandy

I personally much prefer this phpBB style forum. I just find Discourse so unintuitive but I know that lots of people like it more than the old bulletin board style.

I get you, it's quite, uh, gitlabby. I'm not against or pro Discourse, but I do want to mention you can install/create full custom themes. There are a few out there that emulate classic bulletin board styled fora. 

That being said, I love the simplicity and readability of the current forum.

 
Posted : 08/04/2022 8:10 pm
Man-in-Black
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Discourse is so much I do not know classic forum software, but rather a discussion platform.

I recently installed a forum for the test, ran within 15 minutes.
The adjustments to the software are in the end that costs a lot of time.

I can help you with such topics, if need consists 🙂 I have now more than 15 years experience in hosting servers and websites.

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Posted : 09/04/2022 8:27 am
DIY Perks
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I have to admit that I do prefer a classic forum and was one of the reasons I passed up on Discourse. Anyone know any forums built with it that are more 'classic'?

 

That said, with the current forums... what features or aspects could need some work/adding?

 
Posted : 10/04/2022 2:19 pm
Sandy
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@diyperks it would be good if there was no limit on edit time. I often typo and then notice it hours later and want to go in and correct it but I can't.

 

Also, DMs would be good. Sometimes you might want to say something to a user about a post that can / should just be done on a one on one basis.

 
Posted : 10/04/2022 3:09 pm
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hammerquill
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I was wondering what platform this one is. An organization I'm part of is in dire need of a forum and I want to set one up; I love me some old style phpBB, but others who look at it find it either too complicated (there are a lot of technophobes in this group) or too dated in look.

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Posted : 11/04/2022 7:33 am
DIY Perks
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@sandy Done! Posts can now be edited indefinitely. I'm presently looking in to adding a few features like polls and better image attachments, so thanks for the suggestion! I'll be sure to add that too - stay tuned!

 
Posted : 17/04/2022 4:14 pm