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Poll : Which would be the best forum software for
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Possible Forum Software Update
Posted on 21-Oct-2020 23:57:16
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An refresh has been suggested by bison and has already been hinted at by AmigaKit. AmigaKit would like to take a 'cookie cutter' approach by using the same 'Simple Machines Forum' software transitioned to during the update.

If a refresh/modern transition was the way forward, which would be the BEST new software platform to run the site in an ideal world?

I ran out of options for 'phpBB', 'I like old and outdated websites to run on my old and outdated Classic Amiga' and 'pancakes'! I'm sorry!

Maybe one of the options could add more fields for Poll Options? We can but dream and imagine how many respondents would have chosen:

'I like old and outdated websites to run on my old and outdated Classic Amiga'

Oh well. I think I better dance now!

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Re: Possible Forum Software Update
Posted on 22-Oct-2020 6:58:32
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Re:viewing on Amigas

I would hope that some future version of Hollywood's MUI Royale plugin would have enough features to implement a forum browser application on a 3 or 4 bitplane MUI GUI.

The only missing feature on the current version is the lack of inline links. Andreas has agreed to put that into a future RapaGUI version but RapaGUI presently lacks the ability to open on planar screens.

To that end, we should look for a forum software that offers a ReST interface for the app to access. I know Vanilla has a plugin if not a standard feature for this. Others might also.

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Re: Possible Forum Software Update
Posted on 26-Oct-2020 22:09:06
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I have no idea which is the best software platform to use to update this site.

Is there is a way to retain the existing default look and feel of with new more secure forum software?

I would be very sad if the final result looked like ...

I have difficulty reading with any web browser. The layout of the Recent Forum Topics page just doesn't make sense to me. I think maybe it is the choices used for fonts. For me, the subjects seem to blend into each other. Maybe it would help if the subject was in bold font. Once I'm into an actual forum thread, it's ok.

Like some others here, I would like to be able to view with IBrowse.

Of course, I have other choices, such as NetSurf, OWB, Odyssey
(and Samsung tablet).


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Re: Possible Forum Software Update
Posted on 31-Oct-2020 12:53:12
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I was going to vote but there is no custom option and no Pancakes on the bottom.

I don't think they should adapt it to look like I recall at the time I was using IBrowse, perhaps on the real thing, and it just didn't work on an Amiga any more. It just wasn't the same any more and the look would have changed. So I lost interest even if now days it would work on Odyssey fine.

But my main objection is picking a common forum engine because it's popular. I find no forum to be really easy to use. And they have terrible quoting methods. Take here, for instance, where you can quote sections of text in your replies. You can't do that on other forums. I've tried on more modern forums and they simply suck! They don't do simple quoting like on here. I recently learned what the Multi-quote feature is about on forums. I thought it was multiple quoting a post like you can do on here. Nope, it was multi quoting different people. For years I couldn't figure why I couldn't multi quote paragraphs. Because it doesn't do it! And the posts display in reverse order when you reply so you need to go up and down to find the section you want to quote. The only thing of useful value is the "User Crap" panel. Where you can at least find posted threads and other activity.

If the engine is changed I think it should be modernised. So that simple quoting is easy to do. That is, being able to reply to a person by selecting what paragraphs to insert. Even multiple people if desired. It should automatically "at" the person at start but not after. I'd go further and say a post should be editable on screen. Not an editing window but a WYSIWYG editor. That is the editor would look exactly like the end result without an echo below it. Paragraphs would be highlighted and non editable but sentences could be cut out to only what is desired. It's the sort of modern editor a modern email client should have but what you don't see in the top post generation.

I'll cite an example. My local Whirlpool forums. This has one of the most modern yet oldest forums engines I've seen. This would be my favourite forum next to AmigaWorld. I've chosen an Amiga related post. As you can see it starts with a user name. This is automatic on the first paragraph quoted. The rest just have the text. Some forums are similar in operation but always quote the writer. So are less intelligent. Here it just "at's" the person simply and doesn't complicate it. To quote you simply drag select what you want and press a button. Better than the common methods now days where you can't do that exactly. Well, this is my thoughts in forums for the last few years. Thanks for asking!

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