[kde-community] Forum improvements

Jaroslaw Staniek staniek at kde.org
Mon Sep 28 21:57:49 UTC 2015


Thanks for the updates Luca. Yes, as I imagined no updates in this
area come entirely for free. Good that you mentioned this underinvested area.

I think more actively asking for supporting this part of the
infrastructure make sense. People are using it after all and
benefiting from it. It's a huge part of KDE working behind the scenes.

Perhaps "free software needs free tools" is easy to say and harder
make reality. And keep as such.

I prefer to combine that with other saying: "for your work use the
best tools money can buy".


On 28 September 2015 at 20:22, Luca Beltrame <lbeltrame at kde.org> wrote:
> Il Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:48:02 +0200, Jaroslaw Staniek ha scritto:
>
> Hello Jaroslaw,
>
>> towards two things. Posting here so perhaps people accustomed with web
>> services read this. Excuse me if this is already on someone's desk.
>
> As far as I know, no one is working on the forum code. Some of your
> suggestions make sense, but I can't really discuss them here because we
> have a much larger obstacle ahead first: the upgrade to phpBB 3.1.
>
> Despite being a "minor" version, phpBB 3.1 is nothing like phpBB 3.0. In
> fact, I don't think, to my limited understanding, very close code wise.
> An upgrade to the forum is hard because we have a lot of modifications:
>
> - Brainstorm (not sure how many use that nowadays, but it's there)
> - Mod tools (quick ban for spammers)
> - Search
> - The theme itself
> - ...
>
> Currently the staff has no time to even think about this upgrade, which
> will become necessary sooner or later. And if anyone wonders about a GSoC,
> I don't think it qualifies as GSoC material, and unfortunately even if it
> did, I'd have no time for mentoring.
>
> We need someone from the community, preferably *more* than one person as
> it's a large task, with good PHP knowledge, which could help us.
>
> Sorry for hijacking your thread.
>
>
>> So what I do when I expect answer to an important topic is: navigating
>> (nightmare on mobile device) to the topic and click via subsequent pages
>> to find the answer
>
> I'm not sure if they changed in 3.1 compared to 3.0, as I didn't look
> closely enough.
>
>> able to fix it (in the style sheets?) for most cases or by googling
>> "phpBB-Mobile".
>
> We need someone to help us with the theming, but doing it for phpbb 3.0 is
> IMO a wasted effort.
>
>> Would it be possible to have a filter (ON or OFF by default?) e.g. in
>
> I'm not sure it is possible (again, unsure about phpBB 3.1).
>
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