It's unclear to me from the trac site what the future plans are for RForum. I have some personal projects that I'd like to work on (mainly a forum-backed blog), and I'd really like to get my hands into some RoR coding, but I'm hesitant to attach myself to such a young project that has no clear vision (i.e., if the project is likely to have drastically different goals that what I have in mind, then I'm probably better off working with a more mature but inferior project, such as PhpBB or even JForum). Is there any place (that I've missed) where there's some discussion or statement of what RForum wants to become? Will it someday allow multiple layers of subforums and a rich set of access controls, administrative features, and skins, or is it intended to be mainly simple, lightweight, and elegant? Or is this all as-of-yet undetermined?
on 2005-10-28 09:30
on 2005-11-03 14:34
The next release (0.2) will have: - mailing list support: the forum can be used as a web interface for reading and posting to any mailing list - multiple search backends (Odeum, SQL, MySQL fulltext, Lucene) Features planned for later versions are: - file attachments (0.3) - Matt's module system (0.3) - Rating system for posts (as a module, if possible) - source code highlighting (module) - access control There is no concept of "skins". The design is 100% based on CSS, so you can make the forum look completely different simply by using another stylesheet. To emphasize this point it might make sense to include an alternative stylesheet in the distribution. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Andreas
on 2005-11-03 14:37
Regarding administrative features: It is already possible to create/edit forums, edit/delete/undelete/move posts/topics and block IP addresses of authors in the web interface.
on 2005-11-24 08:55
andreas wrote: > There is no concept of "skins". The design is 100% based on CSS, so you > can make the forum look completely different simply by using another > stylesheet. To emphasize this point it might make sense to include an > alternative stylesheet in the distribution. I would really like to see what you can do with an alternative stylesheet because currently RForum doesn't look nearly as good as the PHP alternatives