[Tig] web forum based-TIG anyone?
rob at colorist.org
Mon Nov 13 21:23:20 GMT 2006
How many subscribers would be interested in switching the TIG over to
a web-based forum interface, where there would be Categories ->
Forums -> Posts (and replies to posts); with
multiple categories, multiple forums, and 3 interesting email
options: 1) you receive an internet email with link to any forum you
have toggled as "watch"; 2) you can send private (non-internet)
mail to other users of the forum; 3) you can choose if you want to be
notified via regular (internet) email of any private message waiting
for you in your web inbox.
Also includes personal profiles; "locking" of topics (not sure what
that's all about); moving, deleting, and splitting of topics;
memberlist lookup (configurable to keep internet email addresses
hidden); easy forum selection.
We have the wiki for content, a blogging package (wordpress) that I
don't think will catch on, but someone had requested a more forum-
oriented TIG. I wanted to combine a forum-based
interface with the main mailinglist, but that doesn't look possible
right now (yet). I don't think we should change the TIG if it's
not for something better, and there are still people who prefer
internet email-based mailinglists, where you don't have to access the
web to see what's posted. (but I'm someone comfortable at a VT100
terminal without a browser, so what do I know.
I also use a text-based browser a lot of the time (lynx) because it's
super fast and runs from a terminal window; I don't think a web forum
would work very well with lynx.)
The Open Source package is called phpBB2 and I thank Christian
Lessner for suggesting it.
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