BoardsPackage

Adds a forum to your website

Created by: Will, Last modification: 05 Dec 2008 (02:48 UTC)

Summary

The boards package is a forum package for bitweaver that is well integrated via LibertyServices and LibertyComments. It provides a way to link comments on any content into a forum in the boards package as well as have unlinked forums and topics in the package itself.

Boards is also integrated with the Pigeonholes package. Boards may be categorized into various categories and will show up within the boards home sorted according to the categories that they are in.

It currently supports locking threads and setting them sticky so they show at the top of the list for a given category. These are handled via ajax so the page does not have to be reloaded to toggle.

It has features for emailing users on changes to topics they are interested in as well as. It also has features for topic status tracking so that users can see which boards have new topics. It uses ajax to allow users to easily update the status without reloading the whole page.

Boards is very new and still a work in progress but the integration into the rest of bitweaver makes it a compelling alternative to PhpBBPackage.

Configuration

Synchronization with Mailing List

Boards has a feature allowing full bi-direction synchronization between an internet mailing list and a message board.

See the BoardsEmailListConfig page for details on how to use Mailman in conjunction with boards.

Roadmap

This roadmap is loosely being pursued, and is also a place for developers to list things they would be interested in contributing to. Please do not add to this list if you are not a developer and can not contribute code. If you have a feature idea just post it to the comments

  • Completely modularize the mailman hooks so that mailman is not a requirement
  • Develop native mail handing using SwitchboardPackage
  • Wire to support subboards like phpbb
  • Rework portion of Topic list queries which gets count of posts in topic, the subselect is slow

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Comments

Will threaded messaging be available?

by GM, 04 Apr 2007 (22:58 UTC)
I really like this change!

Question - will threading of lists be available? A lot of my users really like the ability to thread the listing of messages so they can follow the conversation better.

-Greg

Re: Will threaded messaging be available?

by Kozuch, 11 Apr 2007 (14:00 UTC)
Dear Greg,

threading is available in the new BoardsPackage.

Priorities for Boards Improvement

by Edwin, 24 Jul 2007 (10:28 UTC)
I would like to know what everyone thinks is the single most important feature that we had with PHPBB that is missing from Boards. I would like to compile the submissions into a poll that we can vote on to help developers identify priorities.

Avatar to float right of post

by Edwin, 24 Jul 2007 (10:33 UTC)
Avatars humanize forums. However, the present layout of the forum places the avatar and user info above each post. This creates a great deal of white space. I would like the option (even through tpl editing) to shift the avatar and user info to the right of the post text in much the same way phpbb.com forums do now.

group permissions

by ZyanKLee, 14 Nov 2007 (16:43 UTC)
hey, I would like to see group based access, read and write permissions for every board.
So I can restrict the board A to the group 1 and the other board B to group 5 for example.

in addition http://www.simplemachines.org/about/features.php may give you some hints what else is missing to have a complete competitive forum software.

Re: group permissions

by Will, 03 May 2008 (13:11 UTC)
GroupsPackage now provides this kind of access control over Boards

phpBB 3.0 compare..

by ssnobben, 18 Jun 2008 (04:35 UTC)
Well here you can compare what you can do with phpBB 3.0 not to mention all extra addons mods that you can use...phpBB 3 comparison to Invision Power Board (IPB), vBulletin (vB) and Simple Machines Forum (SMF)

bw.o forum thread

by kinderlehrer, 05 Dec 2008 (07:36 UTC)
A discussion was started by spiderr here

About the Topic Class BitBoardsTopic

by Will, 29 May 2009 (19:59 UTC)
When a BitBoardTopic is loaded it contains an mContentId. Typically this is the content of the id the object, but in the Topic case this is not so. mContentId is the content_id of the parent Board.

mRootId, mInfo->th_thread_id, the topic's comment_id, and ?t are same

Reply Notification

by Will White, 27 Jul 2009 (21:41 UTC)
I am getting "Reply Notification Disable" even though Enable Topic Reply Notification is checked in the Board Settings. Can you help? No one is answering in the help boards. Thanks