[vcf-midatlantic] Let's add value to the club, and have fun doing it!!!

Dave dfnum3 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 27 14:43:13 EST 2015

Has anybody looked into Disccourse (http://www.discourse.org)?

The Dallas Makerspace had the same debate.  Originally the DMS used 
Mailman.  We tried to transition to a forum, which some liked because it 
kept all the content organized in searchable threads and was less 
punishing on the inbox.  Most people continued to use the mailing list 
if they really wanted everyone to see a post, and many used both.

Finally, the DMS found and installed Discourse.  This has all the 
advantages of a forum, but much more flexible a format.  It is web based 
and searchable, using tags (like Gmail) instead of subforums, which 
allows members more control over what they see.  It has a seamless email 
interface, so members who never wish to use the web interface can 
continue to use it like a mailing list.  And the web interface is really 
nice, with well though out design principles.

You can see the Dallas Makerspace list in action at 
https://talk.dallasmakerspace.org if you want an example.

Maybe it's worth a look.

Happy New Year to all!


Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> Mailman has a web interface for configuration and for access to archives.  What the OP is talking about is a web forum, which is a completely different thing.
> Right.
> Yahoo (and Google Groups) have a middle ground -- web interfaces in which you can create/reply to messages, not just view an archive. The reasons we stopped using Yahoo were administrative. Unfortunately that meant losing some features for people who prefered their web interface, however, there were only a few such people so we opted for a pure list + what's better admin-wise.
> Also, there's a great opportunity for someone to write very useful open-source code! :)

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