General forum discussion

ponyxprs's picture

What should be stored in a forum post?

So... What should be stored in a forum post? Whether it is a node or entity, what should we store? And how?

ponyxprs's picture

Use 'Node' or custom entity for forum posts

For this new project, would it be better to use the existing node in core or create a custom entity for forum posts?

  • existing node uses extra tables to add forum functionality and tracking, this adds table look ups and updates

  • a custom entity couild be made to hold all data in one table row per post, but do we lose some traditional Drupal functionality with other modules if we don't use the built in node?

And what should be recorded per post?

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ponyxprs's picture

A new forum project, a call for ideas and coders

A new project.

I think we all know that the built in Drupal forum is lacking, and currently it is a roadblock for many site developers, myself included. So in the community spirit I am inviting anyone and everyone to contribute ideas, theories, time, code, anything. it is way more than anyone can handle alone, but with colaboration it can be done.
Currently I named it "Colloquium", but feel free to suggest names :)

I am going to start a few other topics for the purpose of brainstorming, and will post them here.

John

PlayfulWolf's picture

Call to action: Go Organic Groups way.

I am with little success, or to express myself more correct - in very time consuming way building couple communities with Drupal 7. The centerpiece of them has to be some kind of a forum.

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drupalpupal's picture

Why re-invent the wheel?

For whatever reason, a self contained D6 forum module was never allowed to be included in the official modules but I've worked with this module quite a bit and I believe it is SERIOUSLY worth looking at, even if for just a basis or starting point or maybe even, if nothing else, a proof of concept. It can be found here: http://www.richardpeacock.com/blog/2010/10/rp-forum-drupal-6-module

It has most (if not all) the features all the "big" forums have such as:

Features (included without additional modules!)

Ability to ban users based on IP and IP ranges
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mpotter's picture

Reviving this Forum Improvements group?

Is this group still active? Does it need some new blood? I might be interested.

Now that Drupal 7 is out, I continue to be embarrassed by the core Drupal Forum. In fact, I'm not even going to talk about the "Forums". What I want to see is a module that fosters building a Community. Instead of focusing on exactly which features Drupal Forum is missing compared to PHPBB or VBulletin (which is still a valid discussion to have), I would rather focus on something more fundamental: community building.

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Drupal forum recipe

Workspace to create a master list of features and what modules are needed to get said features.

yautja_cetanu's picture

PhpBB team are making an official Drupal Bridge

They have announced it here: http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2099641
and it is a result of their experiences here: http://blog.phpbb.com/2010/07/28/oscon-2010/

I think whilst normally we want to improve the core forum module, this feels like it could be different. If the phpbb team are working on an official bridge they have the ability to change the code of phpbb itself to make it integrate generally. (Which they appear to be doing anyway).

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lastnico's picture

Articles about how to improve Drupal forum

I think the following links should interest people that are looking for efficient solutions to improve their forum based on Drupal, only by using the forum core module (no Advanced Forum), and by respecting and following the strict modular logic of Drupal (modules, hooks, themes and so on).

Here are the articles:

Note that we should publish new articles soon, and if you are interesting, I will update this discussion as well. The primary target of these articles was to explain how we improved the Discussion Forum of our Drupal website.

See also the Full List of Drupal Tips

I hope you will find our articles interesting and useful for your personal needs.

[Updated] June 16th, 2010: 3 new articles added.
[Updated] January 18th, 2011: 4 new articles added. List is now complete. Happy hacking!

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juan_g's picture

What's the basic difference between Drupal forums and standard forums?

When trying to import external forums into Drupal, I've found the main difficulty is a single fundamental difference between Drupal forums and the rest of today's forums.

It's the same one difference that for example makes common administrative tasks such as splitting or merging threads (while keeping chronological order), etc., easy in well-known forum systems but so difficult in Drupal forums, core and Advanced; difficult with Comment Mover, and even directly editing the database. Drupal forums are good and usable in most cases, with most normal functions similar to other systems but, for more advanced moderation, they are not yet ready.

Why? What's that basic difference? We can see it in the support forums of the currently most popular forum systems, such as vBulletin, phpBB, SMF, and Invision Power. Or we can install them and look at the tables where posts and threads are stored.

Drupal have modules for threaded and flat forums, so this is not the main difference. Most current forums are linear/flat by default, but part of them admit both linear and threaded display modes.

The basic difference is another one, truly simple but with fundamental effects:

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