Rails mailing list <-> web forum gateway


#1

Hi all,

I have set up a web forum â?? mailing list gateway for the Rails mailing
list:

http://rforum-demo.andreas-s.net/

It’s still experimental, but seems to work well so far. New mails from
the list are imported every 5 minutes, posts created in the forum are
sent to the list immediately.

To make sure that your posts make it to the mailing list, please create
an account before posting.

Andreas


#2

Andreas,

I like your site!!! What did you use to import the emails?

Michael


#3

Andreas,

BTW, I really, really like this! :slight_smile: In my opinion, this is something
that was needed by the community - and it better than me scanning
through my inbox all the time!

If you added a few things, this would be killer. Do you mind my input?
I hope not!

Users: Select a user. Put an option there to see all posts by that
user! Maybe also put profile info, like how long they have been a
member, total posts, etc…

Search: Allow search by forum instead of complete search.

If I’m a registered user AND I am logged in, show me a list of posts
that are new since my last login.

On the main page, show the most recent 10 items from each forum that
have been updated/created.

On the main page, show the most popular (i.e. most viewed, most replies,
etc…)

Then, host this thing somewhere solid and have a direct link from the
ROR documentation/community site.

As a bonus - if we had categories for the posts then all the better!
i.e. Engines, Components, ActiveRecord, etc… Perhaps this isn’t
possible (w/o admin overhead) from the main mailing list, but I can only
imagine that a forum like this would become quite popular and people
making posts directly on the forum would have the option of putting them
in the right category/sub forum.

Excellent work!

Michael


#4

removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

What did you use to import the emails?

The mailing list connectivity is contained in the latest version of
RForum (http://rforum.andreas-s.net, not yet released).

Users: Select a user. Put an option there to see all posts by that
user! Maybe also put profile info, like how long they have been a
member, total posts, etc…

This already works for users who post from the web forum. Example:
http://rforum-demo.andreas-s.net/user/show/1

Search: Allow search by forum instead of complete search.

I’m working on that right now.

If I’m a registered user AND I am logged in, show me a list of posts
that are new since my last login.

Topics with unread posts are displayed bold in the topics list when you
are logged in. I plan to add a feature that you will automatically be
directed to the first new post in the topic when you click on a topic
that contains new posts.

On the main page, show the most recent 10 items from each forum that
have been updated/created.

On the main page, show the most popular (i.e. most viewed, most replies,
etc…)

Then, host this thing somewhere solid and have a direct link from the
ROR documentation/community site.

I’m going to do this as soon as possible.

As a bonus - if we had categories for the posts then all the better!
i.e. Engines, Components, ActiveRecord, etc… Perhaps this isn’t
possible (w/o admin overhead) from the main mailing list, but I can only
imagine that a forum like this would become quite popular and people
making posts directly on the forum would have the option of putting them
in the right category/sub forum.

Tagging a lot of other features are planned and will be implemented as
soon as I have time.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Andreas


#5

Andreas, this is a great invention. Beats mailing lists hands down in my
opinion. I participate in the spanish mailing list and set up a VB forum
because I find it much easier to read and use than the list. When I get
my main site ported to rails then I could definitely use something like
this for the forum bit. I really like it.


#6

andreas wrote:

removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Search: Allow search by forum instead of complete search.

I’m working on that right now.

This is now implemented.

If I’m a registered user AND I am logged in, show me a list of posts
that are new since my last login.

Topics with unread posts are displayed bold in the topics list when you
are logged in. I plan to add a feature that you will automatically be
directed to the first new post in the topic when you click on a topic
that contains new posts.

This too.


#7

On Nov 12, 2005, at 7:07 AM, removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I have set up a web forum â?? mailing list gateway for the Rails
mailing
list

Hi Andreas,

Are you using the References: header to do your threading?

Thanks,
Steve


#8

On Nov 12, 2005, at 8:51 AM, Michael wrote:

it better than me scanning through my inbox all the time

This statement makes me think you aren’t using a mail reader that
supports threading? Nobody really reads a mailing list like that do
they?

–Steve


#9

removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

On Nov 12, 2005, at 7:07 AM, removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I have set up a web forum â?? mailing list gateway for the Rails
mailing
list

Hi Andreas,

Are you using the References: header to do your threading?

Hi,

I am using the References header, and In-Reply-To as fallback.

Andreas


#10

On Nov 12, 2005, at 12:17 PM, removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I am using the References header, and In-Reply-To as fallback

Perfect.

–Steve


#11

andreas wrote:

Hi all,

I have set up a web forum â?? mailing list gateway for the Rails mailing
list:

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

My Delete key was starting to wear through from all the traffic on this
list. I vastly prefer forums.

Jake