Potential new Forum software

Anything about use of this forum : NOT about cycling

What would you prefer for the Forum in future?

Keep everything as it is now.
Re-build the Forum to look and feel more like other CTC sites.
I don't really know, it depends...
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Re: Potential new Forum software

Postby Si » 8 Feb 2012, 2:25pm

We also have to remember that currently we can choose from a number of 'board styles' - would we still be able to do this if the look and feel were set to match the main site (and if we did it would it mean that the l'n'f no longer matched the main site - or would there be a choice of different 'standard' main site l'n'fs)?

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Re: Potential new Forum software

Postby patricktaylor » 8 Feb 2012, 2:29pm

A few for-instances:

(1) Should the forums be styled to match the look and feel of the new CTC website or should users be able to choose their own look for the forums, as now?

(2) Should users be able to respond to a particular comment so that comments are 'nested' immediately below the one responded to (messy in my view) - or should comments be kept in strict sequential order with the 'quote' facility? (I don't know if phpBB can do nesting but Drupal can)

(3) Should features of the new CTC website appear at the side of the forums (boxes in a sidebar) or should everything be plain and simple - self-contained?

(4) Should latest forum topics, latest comments, etc, appear in a box at the side of the new website?

Regardless of the software used, it seems to hinge on whether the forums are editorially integrated with the website or whether they stay at arm's length. With one, you'd naturally expect more integration and a more corporate 'look'. With the other, it may as well stay as it is.

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Re: Potential new Forum software

Postby gaz » 18 Feb 2013, 9:23pm

Just over a year on since the OP.

How's the discussion going?
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Re: Potential new Forum software

Postby admin » 19 Feb 2013, 7:18pm

Currently there's no immediate plan to replace the phpBB forum. There are some apparent benefits of moving the Forum to be part of the main CTC website, but there is a great deal of work involved to do so, especially if the move is not to prove unpopular.

There is a plan to perhaps merge the user accounts with the CTC main site, but it's a big job and there are lots of other things on the CTC website wish-list.

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Re: Potential new Forum software

Postby Mark1978 » 19 Feb 2013, 8:03pm

Stick with phpbb it's an excellent forum system.

It's perfectly possible to integrate login systems.

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Re: Potential new Forum software

Postby mjr » 25 Apr 2016, 9:14am

I know from experience that it takes a lot of work to get drupal to behave anything like as well as phpbb and it is very easy to screw it up and kill or at least maim a community. Stick with phpbb and prefer upgrading and maybe changing the default theme to look like the main site if wanted.
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Re: Potential new Forum software

Postby Trail Beater » 23 May 2016, 5:56am

The forum is now Mobile friendly.
Excellent,and I like the new layout