On Jul 27, 2005, at 7:54 AM, Blair Steenerson wrote:
> Hi all. Not an install question but I don't want to bother the dev
> list with this, hopefully some here can help out.
> Quick background; I've run a few low volume discussion forums over
> the years using various software including WebCrossing free tier
> license, and currently Backtalk. Recently we've decided that we
> want a moderation system due to ever increasing flame wars. Most
> forum software has moderation in the form of moderators modifying
> or deleting posts, but the ranking system used by Slash is a much
> better system IMO, so I thought I'd play with it for a while.
> Now Slashdot is a great site I read every day, but the people using
> my site are just not so tech savvy that they appreciate the
> complexity that is Slash. Basically all the forum software I've
> hosted have been "linear" and fairly simple to use. Yes, Slash has
> the ability to view articles in flat mode, but it still introduces
> a lot more complexity than I need for the users and volume of use I
> deal with. So I figure, hey its open source, I'm not a programmer
> but I've installed enough scripted applications that I'm not afraid
> to poke at things, maybe I can make this software easier to use by
> forcing it to be linear only.
I've run a couple of sites that had the same/similar dilemma.
(Basically, they wanted the Slash backend, but wanted a ubb-ish forum
What I ended up doing was:
a) creating a bunch of discussions like
1) general discussion
2) tech support
b) used Slash::Page to make a new index page, and had that index
page, for the section 'forum' just 'list the available forums'
c) modified the comment-menu-bar (for lack of a better word), for
section eq 'forum' to replace the "reply button" with a "post"
button, if they were viewing a flat comments.pl w/o a cid or thread
info being passed to it
I think this wasn't as easy as it sounded, because the 'reply' was
hard-coded to the button's op in comments.pl.
Blair, I'm not sure why you wouldn't want people changing the
subject. The comments would be linked by parent cid, so displaying
them in flat, threaded, nested, would still group them, no matter
what the subject. Is what you did online somewhere so we can check it
Where it gets interesting is:
I lost all those changes, those sites (and customers) are long gone.
I've seen subtle changes to the slash sourcecode to make a ubb-ish
interface somewhat easier. However, I don't think that code was ever
When you say 'low volume' - how are you defining volume?
When we've talked about doing a forum-interface for slash on irc, one
of the main concerns was that it could cause mysql to do a full-table-
scan for entirely ancient posts. If your comments data is rather
large, this could eat cpu cycles on your sql server, and memcached
wouldn't help you because the comment posts would be so old, and so
numerous, that they'd time out of memcached fairly quickly.
I would love to hear if anyone else has ventured into attempting a
'forum' type area backened by slash.