I am thinking about building a forum centric website. I have checked out several non-drupal based solutions but I like neither (I am just a Drupal guy).
So I would like to find out who has the best looking / most feature rich / or otherwise very interesting Forum that is based on the Drupal internal Forum. Yes I have seen the flatforum theme, but I would like to see some customizations.
I want to find out how good the Drupal forum can be made.
If you have a really good looking drupal forum, could you post it here please!

Andre

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andre75’s picture

Noone running a decent looking forum?
The best one I have seen so far is this:
http://gallery.menalto.com/forum

I am wondering if someone else has a really nice looking / behaving forum.

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crick’s picture

I really like the gallery.menalto.com/forum , I think it is clean looking and it has that general "forum look" while its not as fancy as the stand alone forums, i think it gets the job done.

so my question is this. How do I make my forum look like that? Ive looked all over but I can't find anything that does a good job describing how to format the drupal forums. is it just a matter of having the right css entries, or is there more to it?

master2006’s picture

How have u made your navigation menu where submenu are hidden and displayed with mouse click at http://www.opentravelinfo.com. Thanks for your help.

-Anti-’s picture

That's default behaviour in D6.
Don't know about D5.

rickvug’s picture

http://www.terminus1525.ca/forum

That is high quality as well. BTW, if you find the info on how all of this was done, I would love it if you post it here. I know that the handbook also has some documentation on this, with a list of helpful modules.

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andre75’s picture

My problem with those two is, that even though they look better than most drupal forums, they still look a little simple.
I was hoping for something that looks just like vB. That would be a killer thing.
I am sure that one can theme the forum to look like this, but I haven't found one yet.
Right now I am trying to figure out what goes and what doesn't.

I downloaded Joomla yesterday since it has a good SMF bridge but I hated Joomla too much, was confused by the admin interface with all its colorful buttons that I felt reminded of a kids toy and was not able to install a theme (the installer didn't work with xampp and copying stuff like you do with Drupal does not work either).

There is a SMF bridge for Drupal. It integrates the databases. I then called it via an iFrame but didn't like this solution either, since the url in the browser did not change. One could always go to mysite.com/smf but then I wouldn't be albe to use the sidebars and headers generated by Drupal. The iframe would make it hard for google to spider the whole thing and for people to email each other forum topics.

So I am back to square one, trying to find out how far one can go with theming a forum.
Most are based on the flatforum theme which is a good start but nothing spectacular.

For instance I tried using some fancy buttons instead of the boring reply text links, like most other BB have, but I couldn't figure out how. So I am trying to find someone who did it, so I know it can be done.

Andre

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adrian’s picture

> I was hoping for something that looks just like vB. That would be a killer thing.

That's a feature. not a bug.

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andre75’s picture

I bet you are working on a 386sx with Kernel 0.96 and OLWM or how else should I take your silly answer.

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akany’s picture

LOL

badabing’s picture

WOw i rly admiture how u put a fantastic site together. Love the colours and fonts.

ddonat’s picture

We are planning on redoing the forums at:
http://www.projectopus.com

Our Flat theme is all buggered up anyway, and we really need to improve it.

What about vBulletin do you like particularly? Just the look? Or some added functionality?

andre75’s picture

When I see how good some of them look like, and compare it to Drupals built in forum, I guess we are loosing the battle.
I wan't to do a site that is centered around a forum and I am looking for solutions.
Most of the functionality can probably be replicated and most of the looks too, but all I have seen so far is some variations on the flatforum theme. Nothing too spectacular.
I would like to see a full blown vB clone or something that gets really close to looking like a killer forum.
I know I don't care myself (I even like this forum) since I am all about content. But if that was all that counts, people wouldn't use MS Windows either. Once there is a defacto standard (vB, phpBB, SMF) people will have a hard time accepting anything less.

The first step would be to make a Forum look really good, with all sorts of themes.
For instance I have never seen one that has Quote, Reply, IM, PM, ... buttons that you can see on other forums. Sounds trivial, but I bet people miss it, even if they don't know it themself.

I am not sure I made myself clear. Just find a random vB forum and a random Drupal Forum with flatforum theme.

So I was wondering, if someone had a killer Drupal forum.

BTW: I like your site. You have done one of the finest Drupal sites!

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Rory Marinich’s picture

Well, if you're able to afford it, vBulletin has a vB Drupal module, so that they share databases and the like.

However, I had my users come up with some features, to see what they liked most about the vbulletin forum we're using. Here's some of the things they said:

1) Image-based: vBulletin's forum uses custom images for everything. It's basically like eye candy: it draws users in. Whereas Drupal has mostly used text for links, since it's more economic that way.

2) Navigation menu: vBulletin uses some great navigational menus using js, where you just click to open up a list of options. From a Quick Links bar to a search menu to a bar for quick navigation inside threads, these menus make everything simple as hell.

3) Search In Thread mode, for finding things quickly and easily.

4) Quoting, email, and PM on users' posts. That's always nice.

5) Better user profiles. Drupal doesn't have by default any formatting on their profiles, whereas vBulletin has multiple modules for changing profiles and changing the layout.

Also, speaking as an admin rather than a user, vBulletin has so much more options when it comes to tweaking forums. From user titles based on post counts to different permissions per forum, there's a lot you can do to make your forum yours.

Finally, vBulletin has literally thousands of modules for all sorts of things. This is what really makes it appealing, since it lets users quickly and completely reformat their sites.

I don't think Drupal can compete at this stage. Besides, I'd rather have a bridge to some other forums, and better CMS-related things, than have Drupal focus on forums.

globberbob’s picture

The beauty of drupal tho is you get tons of modules as well, my forum for instance has PM and it has quoting and bbcode etc... it also has titles based on post count and any number of other little addons as well :)

it is true that the profile section could do with some work tho :)

http://www.globberbob.com/forum this is my forum, advanced forum fits in well with the theme in my opinion :)

you might not be able to see all the functions of the forum and site, unless u sign up tho ^-^

Edit:
Hope this topic isnt TOO old... :)

another edit:
Ive been getting more modules as time passes that are coming out, my site has pretty much anything vbulletin has, just a little differently. searching and such work fine as long as you get something to autotag things into a taxonomy and such. and also that dropdown of links, im sure you could easily include a block or something to do that easy...

geoline’s picture

yes, the design of the terminus forum looks really good. they did a pretty good job.

josedanielestrada’s picture

That's a nice website, but you should use pathauto for nice URL's

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andre75’s picture

O.K. I guess I proved to myself that it can't be done then. I guess for that one project I will check out Joomla with the SMF bridge. Too bad though.

Andre

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Heine’s picture

Do you only want look? What about theming?
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andre75’s picture

Having a better look is a very good start. I think there are enough modules available to enhance functionality.
Yes, I could just start theming and see how far I can push it, but quite frankly I am not good at it. It will take me very long.
So I would like to see an example first, to judge if it would be worth the time and effort.
Unfortunately noone seems to run something that goes beyond a flatforum theme.
I can't even figure out how to use buttons instead of links for reply, quote ....

I know this could be slapped together quite easily with Joomla, but I don't really intend to keep track on security updates for two different CMS and Drupal is so much better for most other parts.

EDIT: Alternatively, I could try to find out if there is enough interest so I could combine forces with others.

Andre

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MikeyGYSE’s picture

Joomla/Mambo have NO decent forum links, if you look at most Joomla based sites, their forums are hideous, not standards compliant and have filthy code. There is NO forum for Joomla and they don't seem bothered about making one work.


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andre75’s picture

Maybe so. I don't like Joomla for other reasons. I am still quite happy with Drupal, except for one thing:
Since 4.7 Drupal has become a resource hog.
I mean 300 queries or more for a forum page is really beyond reason:
http://drupal.org/node/85009#comment-155724
I don't know what to say. I guess noone cares anymore how efficient the code is.

Andre

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tu7uh’s picture

The forum component call FireBoard. made by http://www.bestofjoomla.com

joshua_cohen’s picture

Andre,

Take a look at the UIEForum module. This guy has done an awesome job on a forum that is integrated really well with Drupal. It's still in Beta, but it works great and the future looks really good! I too love Drupal, but the base forum is lacking in features that every user expects, and in a community based website Forums are very very important. I think if Drupal had a better Forum, it would blow all of the other CMS's out of the water.

http://drupal.org/node/38830

Josh

PakWaan’s picture

Since Drupal is so much better than it's competitors when it comes to building communities, and a forum is a totally community-based feature, I really think Drupal would become more of a killer app with a better forum. The existing one works fine, but it's short on features and short on graphical appeal.

It reminds me of another topic on themes and graphic design that's been ongoing ( http://drupal.org/node/48695 ). In functionality, Drupal kills - and with the addition of bolder and more graphically pleasing themes and a better forum, there would be almost no reason for anyone to choose anything else.

andre75’s picture

Check out this thread by Duplin Drupaller:
http://drupal.org/node/38148
I have already bookmarked it and am keeping a really close eye on the development. This is IMHO the best Idea so far to get tons of themes of the ground. I already took some benefits by learning how to customize a flexinode.
To summarize his idea: Have a really good, but empty theme that works in each browser and a library of snippets. If you want a 3 column design, take the appropriate snippet and paste it in the right place, if you want roll-over menus, take the snippet and drop it in the theme. Something like a theme construction kit. Either way, I believe that this is exactly what is needed to solve that.
So getting back to this thread, do you have ideas for a killer forum?

Andre

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Dublin Drupaller’s picture

Hi Andre,

I've been threatening to start that section for a while now...I wanted to pull it out of the Drupal handbooks - I think the handbooks aren't designed very well and are ill suited to snippets + screen shots + quick navigation.

I'd prefer if we kept it seperate in a Drupal designers knowledge base that has php/css/template snippets and a reference guide simmilar to http://api.drupal.org but specifically for designers and in non-programmer-speak.

That said, I have attempted to kick-start the idea in the PHPTEMPLATE sections of the handbook, using the forums as a starting point.

Click on the link below...it should be self explanatory now it will work.

Customising the FORUM_LIST layout
(That's a work in progress, but the snippet has been tested on Drupal 5.x)

The concept is very like the other PHPTEMPLATE theme snippets, but, it also carries STYLE SHEET snippets you can drop into your own theme along with the snippets.

hopefully it will spark some ideas...and an understanding that the modular approach to theming should really be looked at (not in the handbooks, but in a seperate "Designers Knowledge base" that is instructional rather than explanatory).

Dub

Currently in Switzerland working as an Application Developer with UBS Investment Bank...using Drupal 7 and lots of swiss chocolate

andre75’s picture

Thanks for the link. Didn't know this existed. Defenitely this is worth bookmarking and paying attention to!
The thing that makes me nervous:

It uses it's own tables for storing forum data. There is a possibility that this will change at some stage, ...

Otherwise it sounds really good. Thanks for the tip. I guess I will wait and see how this develops.
So far this is the only response to my thread that makes sense to me!

Andre

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andre75’s picture

Actually I think your suggestion is pretty similar to this:
http://drupal.org/node/40940
(SMF bridge for drupal).
I have tried the bridge above and it works nicely. The problem I have is how to include the smf forum into a drupal page. I want the forum to be on a drupal page with a sidebar generated by Drupal. The only way I found so far is by calling the forum through an I-Frame. The problem with this is, that the url remains static when someone browses the forums.
Lets say if I have the forum on mypage.com/smf. The user can still call this page directly and circumvent the drupal sidebar, or if he goes to the front page and calls smf through the I-Frame the url will always be mypage.com and not change when someone browses forum topics. There are some drawbacks with this. Google probably doesn't like it and if someone wants to email a specific topic to someone else he can't just copy the url.

Andre

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Mamouri’s picture

Typohile is one of the best forum in drupal websites: http://typophile.com/forums

I'm workin on Drupal forum theme and module that is very similiar to Invision Board forums: http://forums.invisionpower.com/

It's completed and I will submit it as a theme this week. unfortunately I have not free host to upload a screenshot.

andre75’s picture

Thanks for the link to typophile. I must say the forum looks like any other flatforum. Sorry to say this, but it doesn't look good. Even they have plain old text links instead of buttons. Unless I miss something, I don't think it looks better than the forum on my travel site.
I am very much interested int your theme though. Are you going to share it with the community? Do you need help?
You can get a photobucket account for free (photobucket.com) and upload a screenshot there.

Andre

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Mamouri’s picture

Hi Andre,

Actually I don't like typohile forum myself and also I don't like other forums mentioned in this post. I personally think that phpBB, InvisionBoard and vBulletin feel and look is standard and users over the world like these feel and look and this structure more than every other forum.

What I have done in my forum theme is not very complicated. I override some forum theme functions like theme_forum_list, theme_forum_topic_list, etc and add lot's off css IDs and classes to default style.css to simulate feel and look of Invision Board. Also I tried to add collapse and expand button using new ajax features in Drupal 4.7 for categories but I could not handle it. I also write a module for displaying information of every posts. It's like flatforum but with anothor approach. Of course there are some little bugs and need to tested by different users. I decide to publish it end of this week.

Thank you

potential’s picture

Cool. I'm looking forward to seeing how your forum will look, Mamouri.

There is some talk about vBulletin and Drupal integration here: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=97341

andre75’s picture

vB is too expensive. Once I have a forum running and it gets people to sign up, I can always switch, but I am not going to throw money at a project when I don't know if it will work.
Forums may never take off or take a long time to do so.

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jodo’s picture

According to the site vbdrupal.org, "License: vB Drupal is open source, free and licensed under the GPL, just like Drupal."

andre75’s picture

Yes the bridge is free, vBulletin is not. It costs quite a bit.

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PakWaan’s picture

VBulletin costs $160 per website - it is commercial software.

andre75’s picture

I decide to publish it end of this week.

Thanks man. This would be awesome. Can't wait to see it.
Andre

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Liam McDermott’s picture

Even they have plain old text links instead of buttons. Unless I miss something, I don't think it looks better than the forum on my travel site.

Buttons? These are not the indicator of a good design. Sorry to break it to you, but it looks hundreds of times better than the forum on your travel site. You didn't even use a grid when you came up with that design, and it breaks in Opera.

Typophile is beautiful, if they added 'buttons' it would be ruined.

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alexmc’s picture

I have heard people recommend the commercial forum package vBulletin in combination with Drupal using the vBulletin module.

It is a shame that the forum facility in Drupal doesnt match up yet.

andre75’s picture

vB is very popular, so I assume they make quite a bundle. With this it is possible to use a lot more resources on vB.
I wouldn't say its a shame, I would rather consider it a challenge.
There have been two very good suggestions in this thread. One is a new theming approach and one is a new forum being written for Drupal. Both are worth keeping an eye on.

Andre

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rickvug’s picture

Andre75: Before you decide to not use the Drupal forum component, it would be helpful if you made a list of all of the features that you need or want that are causing you to look elsewhere. This would help spur future development. Also, it may just so happen that solutions are available for what you are requesting.

Just a thought...

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andre75’s picture

Hello Rick,

I have repeatedly stated throughout this thread that at first I am interested in seriously changing the look of the forums to be anywhere near vB,phpBB,SMF ...
Not that flatforum isn't a huge improvement but quite honestly it still looks dull.
I would like some simple things, like buttons instead of links (reply this, quote that). But i am starting to repeat what I said above.
Just look at the forum of my host:
http://forums.site5.com/
It runs vB (I guess mostly out of the box), but it looks better than any Drupal forum I came across so far. I really don't know how to make myself clear here. Maybe someone else could help me out. I don't think flipping a few colors on the flatforum theme does the trick.

Features:
I am not an expert at forums. I simply want people who are used to any of the major forums feel at home on my site. I don't think this is so hard to understand. Online people very quickly turn away and find some other site if they like the features better.
I just don't want to fall victim to anything like this. I totally understand that nothing beats content, no matter how anything looks like, but a forum has to start somewhere, with little content. At least I wan't people to feel at home.
At the very least:
-PM
-User Profiles
-Forbidden threads (where only admins post)
-Closing threads by admins (no more posting allowed but content visible)
-Infinite Nesting of categories
-Polls in Threads (user can create a poll but only in the forum thread)

There are a lot more features. Bascially most of what goes with phpBB.

Another thing. Why is the thread starter treated different that the rest of the thread (my link says "add comment" while all other links say 'add reply").

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rickvug’s picture

-PM
-User Profiles
-Forbidden threads (where only admins post)
-Closing threads by admins (no more posting allowed but content visible)
-Infinite Nesting of categories
-Polls in Threads (user can create a poll but only in the forum thread)

PM and user profiles are readily available now. Closing threads and infinite nesting I think are available as well. Polls in threads I haven't seen just yet.

I think the issue here is how things have been themed, making these features easy to integrate and familiar. The issue regarding comments is important as well. I'm not a coder myself, but I think that by combining a few modules into a package and sprinkling it with a bit of "code glue", it may be possible. Then again, this is just speculation.

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andre75’s picture

But if you read my posts more closely, I have always said that I am not worried about functionality. I was rather hesitant to mention any of my desired features, because this gets me the standard answer: "use available drupal modules".
I have nothing against this, but I really do care about how the forum looks like.

Andre

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slayerment’s picture

andre75’s picture

This is certainly one of the very best flatforum forums I have seen so far.

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potential’s picture

Real nice site. I am very impressed with your theming abilities. I especially like what you did with the "whats going on" area.

andre75’s picture

I fully agree. Its certainly one of the best sites I have seen.

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slayerment’s picture

Thanks guys, glad you like it. I actually fully agree with you andre75 about vB being the best. Since I haven't really seen a Drupal site that has a forum like vB I figured I would build one that is somewhat similar. Drupal is actually very powerful and I am convinced with some work all the vB functionality can be added to the Drupal forums. I agree with you about ppl recognizing stuff like buttons, member details, all that kind of stuff that is on vB and PHPBB and makes people want to communicate and talk on a forum.

But yeah, it's possible with Drupal but will just take some development knowledge to get something that you want. A lot of the stuff you want like showing top members, showing posting stats, PM, website, quote, signatures is all in Drupal and it's just a matter of displaying it in the right place.

There isn't really an out of the box module for vB forums with Drupal. I would actually be very interested in teaming up with a skilled programmer and working out some type of solid forum module that has all the functionality of the vB board - and then some. It would be awesome to make Drupal have a better forum than vB. It's possible. Just a matter of doing it.

Good luck!

PS: The comments say 'reply' and not 'add new comment' because forum topics in Drupal are counted as nodes just like any other page. All the forum replies are 'comments' which makes them different. This is easy to fix tho.

joshua_cohen’s picture

Slayerment,

If you are truely motivated to bring an awesome forum to Drupal, you and Zoro need to get together. With your combined skills, I have no doubt you could come out with a killer forum! EVERYONE here wants to see Drupal live to it's potential, and Forums are high on the list.

http://drupal.org/node/38830

Josh

andre75’s picture

I am starting to get excited. Unfortunately I have seen many posts such as this, but the momentum was lost rather quickly.
Nevertheless, some good suggestions have been made. Although I am not good at anything development related, I am willing to donate as little time as I have. I could do some graphic design though (buttons and stuff). I am pretty good at that. So if someone needs some graphics for this project, just tell me. I am also willing to do testing.

All the forum replies are 'comments' which makes them different. This is easy to fix tho.

Would be a good starting point.

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crick’s picture

What all did you have to do to get your forum to look like that. I like your forum as well as the gallery.menalto.com forum but I don't know how to make mine like that. ie. the comments say 'reply' and not 'add new comment'.

i agree with andre, we should try to get something going on this, at the very least a definitive how-to. The forum issue is a big one for drupal, often becoming the deciding factor for whether to use drupal, or try something else.

andre75’s picture

I have made good progress to replace all links with buttons. "add new comment" and "reply" are both replaced with the same button. Please see this thread:
http://drupal.org/node/57504
A couple of if elses do the job very nicely.
I have rewritten major parts of it, and now it looks cleaner. It works for all users that are logged in. For users that are not logged in, I need to replace the login or register links with some good looking buttons next.
It is a piece of work, but it turns out its easier than I thought.
The next thing would be to make to forum style itself (boxes, headings, backgrounds) look a bit more interesting.
Unfortunately I am not a php coder, but if you like I can post everything here and maybe someone would like to pick it up and help me out, so we can make this a combined effort.

Andre

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jeforma’s picture

Hey Slayer, you really need to release this, lol, wow that's REALLY impressive, please add me on AIM or MSN for my forums on GameBGS.com. Send your aim or msn to my email please :) lapointe.charles@gmail.com

Visit GameBGS.com for all your gaming needs.

andre75’s picture

I possible I would like to see as much information as possible made public instead of sent via private channels, so that we can all benefit a little. I too love his work and would like to see some of it released.

Andre

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andre75’s picture

Finally managed to replace all text links with buttons:

http://www.opentravelinfo.com/node/342

Now I just have to make the rest of the forum look good and I am a happy camper.

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gazpachu’s picture

We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum! We want new Forum!...

Sorry.

potential’s picture

I think this guy from spain only learned 4 words in english so far ;)

jeforma’s picture

lol...

Visit GameBGS.com for all your gaming needs.

gazpachu’s picture

Well... you are wrong. I speak english every single day with my wife... btw, how is your spanish? You can also look for "gilipollas" in the dicctionary.

I still think drupal needs a better forum.

removed11111’s picture

Yeah, all of the users on my site deserted the Drupal forums and went to use our new phpBB ones. Most of the action on our site happens on our phpBB forums for that very reason. One thing we truly need on Drupal is PMs; that would improve a lot.

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potential’s picture

Hey man. It was a joke. Notice the ;) at the end. I completely agree that drupal needs a better forum. I'll be learning my spanish next spring when I'm in Sevilla for 6 months. btw, dictionary has 1 c.

artistsf: check out the private message module for PMs.

brashquido’s picture

Great looking forums! Hard to beleive it is all Drupal, good work.

www.it-hq.org

cameronp’s picture

Slayerment, just wondering if you ever planning releasing your customization for your forums. It's great and I'd love to use it as a template for my site .. Would you be open to this?

Thanks,
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PakWaan’s picture

There is some good information on customizing Drupal's forums here, in case you haven't seen this:

http://drupalart.org/phpbb

brashquido’s picture

Cool, I'll take a look :) !

www.it-hq.org

crick’s picture

that seems to only work with 4.6.x unless you guys have figured out a way to make it work with 4.7 and if thats the case, I would love to hear your solution.

It's kind of frustrating to look at all the examples of good looking drupal forums, yet there is basically zero documentation available on how to achieve those results.

PakWaan’s picture

I've been frustrated by this also. There are several really good-looking forums made with Drupal's built-in forum module, but I've also been unable to find anyone willing to share how they did it. No wonder so many people are looking for alternatives to the built-in forum.

andre75’s picture

Sorry to everyone for not responding to your questions and emails.
I have been dealt a bad blow recently. I was trying to save my good buddy Tigger. Unfortunately it has not happened:
http://www.aguntherphotography.com/node/1652

Either way I made some progress on the theming of the forum:
http://www.opentravelinfo.com/node/342

The code below shows the part of my node-forum.tpl.php that is responsible for replacing all text links with buttons. Everything else (colors ...) is just css. Unfortunately I was not finished yet and I hadn't planned to post something half done, but I am simply not capable of doing much at the moment. I am not a programmer either. If you can improve the code, please let us know. The outer loop should be replaced. It makes sure the buttons don't show while someone replies, to avoid confusion. I do this by detecting a part of the url. Anyways, I am sure it can be done better, but at the moment I just want to bury my head under my pillow.

<?php if (!ereg("comment/reply",$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'])) : ?> 
<?php if ($comment->cid) : ?>
	<?php if (user_access('administer comments') && user_access('access administration pages')) :?>
	  <a href="admin/comment/delete/<?php print $comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/delete.gif"></a>
      <a href="admin/comment/edit/<?php print $comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/edit.gif"></a>
      <a href="comment/reply/<?php print $comment->nid.'/'.$comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/reply.gif"></a>
    <?php elseif (user_access('post comments')) :?>
      <?php if (comment_access('edit', $comment)) :?>
        <a href="comment/edit/<?php print $comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/edit.gif"></a>
      <?php endif; ?>
      <a href="comment/reply/<?php print $comment->nid.'/'.$comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/reply.gif"></a>
	<?php else :?>
		<?php if ($user->uid):?>
			<p>you can't post comments</p>
		<?php else :?>
			<?php if (variable_get('user_register', 1)):?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a> <a href="user/register"><img src="files/buttons/register.gif"></a>
			<?php else :?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a>
			<?php endif; ?>
		<?php endif; ?>	
	<?php endif; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

<?php if ($node->nid) : ?>
    <?php if (user_access('post comments')) :?>	
<a href="comment/reply/<?php print $node->nid ?>#comment"><img src="files/buttons/reply.gif"></a>
	<?php else :?>
		<?php if ($user->uid):?>
			<p>you can't post comments</p>
		<?php else :?>
			<?php if (variable_get('user_register', 1)):?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a> <a href="user/register"><img src="files/buttons/register.gif"></a>
			<?php else :?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a>
			<?php endif; ?>
		<?php endif; ?>	
	<?php endif; ?>	
<?php endif; ?>
<a href="user/<?php print $userid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/profile.gif"></a>
<?php endif; ?>

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http://www.opentravelinfo.com
http://www.aguntherphotography.com

andre75’s picture

Forgot to mention.
This goes where:

<?php print $links ?>

stands in the default template.
If you like the buttons on my site, feel free to copy them and use them. I have no objections.

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http://www.aguntherphotography.com

crick’s picture

I hate to ask so much, but would you mind posting your template.php and your entire node-forum.tpl.php and also what version of drupal you are using. I saw your posts on drupalart.org and am curious if you are using their template as a starting point.

andre75’s picture

Its the 4.6 branch. I simply looked at comments.module how the links were created in the first place and repeated that in the template. You should have no trouble doing that on 4.7.
I am not sure why the template.php is needed for this.
My complete node-forum.tpl.php looks like this (its a bit messy):

<tr class="forum <?php print $row_class ?>">
  <td class="poster" style="width:92px;vertical-align:top" rowspan="3">
    <div class="poster_name"><?php print $name ?><br><?php print $picture ?><br></div>
    <?php if ($joined): ?>
    <div style="font-size:9px">
      Joined: <?php print $joined ?><br>
      Posts: <?php print $posts ?>
    </div>
    <?php endif; ?>
  </td>
  <td class="forum_node_title">
    <?php print $title ?>
  </td>
</tr>
<tr class="forum <?php print $row_class ?>">
  <td class="forum_cell">
    <div class="content"><?php print $content ?></div>
  </td>
</tr>
<tr class="forum <?php print $row_class ?>">
  <td class="forum_cell_bottom">
<div style="float:left;">
<?php if (!ereg("comment/reply",$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'])) : ?> 
<?php if ($comment->cid) : ?>
	<?php if (user_access('administer comments') && user_access('access administration pages')) :?>
	  <a href="admin/comment/delete/<?php print $comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/delete.gif"></a>
      <a href="admin/comment/edit/<?php print $comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/edit.gif"></a>
      <a href="comment/reply/<?php print $comment->nid.'/'.$comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/reply.gif"></a>
    <?php elseif (user_access('post comments')) :?>
      <?php if (comment_access('edit', $comment)) :?>
        <a href="comment/edit/<?php print $comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/edit.gif"></a>
      <?php endif; ?>
      <a href="comment/reply/<?php print $comment->nid.'/'.$comment->cid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/reply.gif"></a>
	<?php else :?>
		<?php if ($user->uid):?>
			<p>you can't post comments</p>
		<?php else :?>
			<?php if (variable_get('user_register', 1)):?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a> <a href="user/register"><img src="files/buttons/register.gif"></a>
			<?php else :?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a>
			<?php endif; ?>
		<?php endif; ?>	
	<?php endif; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

<?php if ($node->nid) : ?>
    <?php if (user_access('post comments')) :?>	
<a href="comment/reply/<?php print $node->nid ?>#comment"><img src="files/buttons/reply.gif"></a>
	<?php else :?>
		<?php if ($user->uid):?>
			<p>you can't post comments</p>
		<?php else :?>
			<?php if (variable_get('user_register', 1)):?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a> <a href="user/register"><img src="files/buttons/register.gif"></a>
			<?php else :?>
				<a href="user/login"><img src="files/buttons/login.gif"></a>
			<?php endif; ?>
		<?php endif; ?>	
	<?php endif; ?>	
<?php endif; ?>
<a href="user/<?php print $userid ?>"><img src="files/buttons/profile.gif"></a>
<?php endif; ?>

</div>
  </td>
</tr>

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http://www.opentravelinfo.com
http://www.aguntherphotography.com

andre75’s picture

I am now at a point where I am starting to be quite happy with the design and the features of the forum:
http://www.opentravelinfo.com/node/412

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http://www.opentravelinfo.com
http://www.aguntherphotography.com

tknospdr’s picture

I'm not sure what you're looking for in a forum after seeing you say yours is starting to look nice to you. I won't say that my forums are the most beautiful out there, but I can't say that I really like the look of yours too much. I guess it's just the grey blockiness of the whole thing.
I'm really quite happy with the way mine turned out and all I used was flatforum and user badges.

Thanks,
David
http://www.floridapets.org

olav’s picture

at diabetes-world.net. The rationale for showing the threads was to give a better overview of who has answered what. We had to modify some of forum.module to get the unfolded threads in. Actually, the site contains several fora:

Olav -- contAire

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rcross’s picture

Looks good. (and i wanted to watch this thread)

--Ryan

marlowx’s picture

ok, not sure if this is the best place to post this...

but one really very annoying thing in the drupal forums...

is that icon that is in front of a topic... i gather it is to show new/unread, read, hot topic etc...

why on earth is it not a clickable icon? what i mean is because it is an icon, and because the default icons are so darn big, i actually went to click on the icon instead of the actual topc and of course it does absoloutly nothing...

please please is there any way that the icon can inherit the link of the actual topic that it is in front of?

do you know what i mean?

i guess the other factor could be that i am a dork and that the non-linking of these icons is normal?

http://notetoselfdontdie.com/members/forum/

deathgod’s picture

Hey everyone, I am also building a forum centric website as well, and most of the sites in the foreseeable futute will be forum centred, so I'll be taking an active interest in the building of any forum modules. Currently, I'll use the best forum module available that is integrated into drupal, and that seems to be UIE forum or flatforums module, after that, I'll be looking to improve on what is available with my own input. Anyway, I hope that eventually, we'll all have our vB, phpBB killer.
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mattso5050’s picture

srodriguez’s picture

that looks really good, is that made with Drupal 5? I have been trying to make a forum look similar to an actual vB or phpBB type forum with the Zen theme but it never looks right, it always look sad looking.

azote’s picture

take a look at http://globalheroics.com/on-the-mac-vs-pc-topic

takes profile properties and puts it under the users name

chazz’s picture

My forum integrated with website content and categories.

http://www.muse.com.pl

Cheers :)

gurukripa’s picture

i found that the forums in 5.1 have some disadvantages..posting by email is not happening...big negative..i wish we have a module for that...and certainly the looks....
can someone post a module which can give some beauty to the forums...and more features maybe...
i saw some of u have nice forums...why not share? if u cld put it up and release officialy as a module..wld be too good..i wld certainly thank u :)

Michelle’s picture

There is a module that will let you post nodes by email. I can't remember the name and have no idea if it's for 5 as we were back on 4.7 or maybe even 4.6, so you'll have to search.

A module isn't going to "give beauty to the forums". That's going to be controlled by your theme.

For features, there's a link to a ton of modules and initiatives to simplify things at http://groups.drupal.org/drubb .

Michelle

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My site: http://shellmultimedia.com

bpocanada’s picture

We have used flatforum on http://www.gujjuweb.com/forum

We have also done Drupal + vBulletin integration ( with single sign-on either way) - a demo is avaible (for a limited time only) on http://lileffer.gloscon.com/vbulletin

I know someone is considering building a vBulletin type of forum in Drupal. We do not want to duplicate the effort but we were certainly considering to build something like that as close as possible as a custom module. This is still a possibility
--
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T : 604-630-4292
Vancouver, Canada
Skype/GoogleTalk/Yahoo : bpocanada

andre75’s picture

Well, I love the possibility of using Pathauto on the Forum which is truly an excellent feature of Drupal. For Vbulletin you would have to buy VBSEO which again costs quite a bit of money. In that respect I am all for enhancing the features of the Drupal Forum but keeping it within Drupal. You will never get the same kind of integration from another software. Keeping up to date on too many things is a nightmare too.

A.

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http://www.opentravelinfo.com
http://www.aguntherphotography.com

carlmcdade’s picture

the hiveminds forum looks more like punbb by making some simple template changes. There are some other changes in the code for moderators. You can find the template code here

http://www.hiveminds.co.uk/node/913

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themegarden.org’s picture

How you made "ordering" (sorting) in your forums ( Topic, Replies,Views, Last reply sort).

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carlmcdade’s picture

I would have to send you the code on this. It was done along time ago but I tweaked the forum.module a bit. Since the present forum module is a mix between 4.7,4.6 and 4.5 code the only way to see and apply it to 5.+ or 4.7+ is by eye. A patch would probably be dangerous at this point.

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nisguy’s picture

I don't know what you consider good looking, but our small company forum has nice aesthetics. A couple small images, 30 lines of CSS and a few tweaks to the node template gave us:

Forum Index
Forum Post

If anyone know how to remove the 'next' and 'previous' links for the forum topic, let me know. Otherwise, I hope this inspires someone to do better.

Michelle’s picture

Put this in template.php:

// Get rid of navigation on forum posts
function phptemplate_forum_topic_navigation($node){
return _phptemplate_callback('forum_topic_navigation', array('node' => $node));
}

then make a blank file in your theme dir called forum_topic_navigation.tpl.php. There's probably a better thing you can return to avoid the blank file but I know this works so I never investigated further.

Michelle

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My site: http://shellmultimedia.com

nisguy’s picture

Thank you.

Wim Leers’s picture

... might be this:

// Get rid of navigation on forum posts.
function phptemplate_forum_topic_navigation($node) {
  return '';
}

:)

Michelle’s picture

I could have sworn there was some reason I went through the extra effort of making a .tpl file... Some error message I got by doing just a return. But I just tried it again and am not getting any errors now. No clue what I did wrong before.

Thanks,

Michelle

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My site: http://shellmultimedia.com

ray007’s picture

subscribing

aymerick’s picture

I have migrated a SMF forum into Drupal (more than 17000 topics / 53000 messages).

This was a lot of work to setup drupal so that it looks like the previous SMF forum, but I'm quite happy with the result: http://www.newlc.com/forum

Some features:
* Inspiration from flat forum module, but totally redone
* Custom "Last forum posts" page (http://www.newlc.com/forum/last_posts) that mixes nodes and comments, and that serves the global forum RSS feed too
* Custom "Recent unread forum posts" page (http://www.newlc.com/forum/recent_unread_topics)
* Custom "Topics you have posted in" page (http://www.newlc.com/forum/topics_posted_in), inspired by tracker.module
* Custom "Mark as read" feature
* A javascript hack to display the top pager when viewing a topic (see http://drupal.org/node/79352#comment-234719)
* Display of topic only on first page (see http://drupal.org/node/128029)
* Theme tweaks...

And yes, this is really hard to set up this kind of forum with drupal.

Cross_and_Flame’s picture

...to revolutionize the DruBB discussion group! Care to contribute some code and thoughts to the group? It looks like you are very far advanced, especially in the custom modules. Could lead to major changes in the drupal forum...

Incredible, really. I've been struggling for months migrating a phpbb2 board, and it doesn't look nearly as good.

Sigh. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors forum...

Michelle’s picture

Heck with how it looks, I want to know how you get all those posts on there. Do you bribe people? LOL

Seriously, though, it does look really nice.

Michelle

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My site: http://shellmultimedia.com

ray007’s picture

Guess that's the right word when seeing what you made of drupal forums.

Would you mind sharing some of your customizations?

best regards
    Ray
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If you need a drupal developer contact me!

gurukripa’s picture

this is probably the best looking Drupal Forum around. Undoubtedly..and I vote that it should replace the existing FORUM..and aymerick should be given kudos for this :)

Pleas please please...change the FORUMS in drupal to this...

anybody else want to vote and second me...to convince aymerick and everyone else to make this into the FORUM MODULE.

Michelle’s picture

You can do that with the forum module already. His forums don't look that much different than mine ( http://couleeregiononline.com/forum ). His are just prettier because I suck at design... It's all a matter of theming.

If you want to help with the effort of making this easier, see http://groups.drupal.org/drubb . Sticking a rally cry in a post like this really doesn't do anything useful.

Michelle

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My site: http://shellmultimedia.com

that1guy’s picture

So wait, those are done with the default drupal forum?

Michelle’s picture

The forum is core forum module. The rest of it is just theming. I used flatforum, which gives a head start on the theming and tweaked it from there. If you look at the drubb group I linked to, there is a post with a listing of various contrib modules that enhance forums but it all starts with the core forum module.

Michelle

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My site: http://shellmultimedia.com

gurukripa’s picture

using the flatforum helps quite a bit..

however there is one problem that i am facing..as the topics and forums increase, it would be nice to have some sort of ajax or dhtml drop down..to ensure that one can easily collapse or expand things..

second...have u found a way to show the views for each post ..and a total for the forum etc..

this wld be a cool thing to have

gurukripa’s picture

i adopted the advice given by you..and added this..
it works on one site nicely with Pleroma theme..but with Fancy..i am not able to post any new forum topic..becoz it doesnt show the list of Forums available when i add a node..and then it becomes an illegal choice..since its compulsory to choose a forum..

do u know what can be done???

Michelle’s picture

If you have questions on theming your forums, I suggest you start a new post. You're more likely to find someone to answer you when you're not tacking on to the end of an existing post.

Michelle

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My site: http://shellmultimedia.com

Anonymous’s picture

I need to implement this myself.

Thanks,

Doug Gough

2houseplague’s picture

Here's a simple, pleasant design, I think... the House Sitter Forum.

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slomoman’s picture

i missed one thing in this interesting and important discussion:
for me as a forum user, *the* most important feature (besides a good look) is to get an e-mail as soon as somebody answers to my post.
I couldn't find this feature in the built-in drupal forum nor in the uieforum.
PS:
In my way there is only one possible way to get a *good* forum. Integrate phpBB into drupal. There is a module to sync the user management already, so all we have to do is integrate is from the UI as well (ok, that's a little work, that's for sure).

bazmati’s picture

Email notifications engage people in a forum, and keep them coming back. In the early stages of establishing an online community with a forum at the centre, it's an absolutely critical feature, IMO. It's like a glue, or a force of gravity that helps pull things together until a critical mass is reached.

Otherwise users have to remember to return periodically to look for replies.

Michelle’s picture

Like most things in Drupal, you can get that with a contrib module... Subscriptions.

Michelle

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Drupal articles and tutorials: http://shellmultimedia.com
Current project: http://couleeregiononline.com/

thomjjames’s picture

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Prodigy’s picture

Very nice looking Forum!

rimian’s picture

My freelance web developer forum has just been ported from bbPress into Drupal.
http://www.freelancewebdeveloper.net.au

I will be upgrading it to allow user profiles and tidy urls very soon.

Prodigy’s picture

What is everyone using now for Drupal Forums to make the theming easier? FlatForum isn't compatible with 5x?

thomjjames’s picture

Hi,

for the forum i stated above (http://www.barntema.se/forum) i just used the standard drupal 5 forum and overode the display function with my themes template.php and then used CSS and .tpl files to create the forum style. Nothing too complex.

hope that helps
Tom
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http://www.tomswebstuff.com

Latest projects:
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Michelle’s picture

Flatforum head is compatible. That's what I use on mine.

Michelle

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arpereira’s picture

What think about this forum: http://www.esdrupal.org/forum/

You can download this drupal based forum from here: http://www.esdrupal.org/distribucion-drupalbb

Prodigy’s picture

That's great! Thanks for that!

Cross_and_Flame’s picture

So I can delete the locale module and everything runs in english. But some of the views pages and such are hardcoded as Spanish.

Any chance of an english version?

(looks great, by the way!)

Mihai Chiriac’s picture

I subscribe to this.. the forums are looking great, but please make an english translation ;)

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arpereira’s picture

We publish the english version in the next release. We are working hard in this project.

Please suscribe to drupalbb-distro group to stay informed.

Michelle’s picture

Is there some reason you had to make another group rather than working with the existing DruBB effort? This splintering of resources is one of the reasons why the Drupal forum isn't better than it is. :( Everyone wants to go off and do their own thing rather than work together towards a common goal.

Michelle

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Current project: http://couleeregiononline.com/

Mindexperiment’s picture

Is not really the drupal internal forum but it's the module UIEForum customized... http://www.risorsedireason.it/forum

Hope you like

trying’s picture

Just finished new drupal site. Check it out www.preconceptions.com.au

Michelle’s picture

Ah, the 2ww... I remember those days...

Great looking site. I like how you put whether the member is online in the author info. I may have to borrow that idea. ;)

Michelle

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Current project: http://couleeregiononline.com/

denney’s picture

We finally have the Mantra Software network of websites online. We have extensively worked on the forums to make them look familiar to users of other forums.

Take a look at http://www.mantrasoftware.net.

Crimson’s picture

I'm a new Drupal user and my forum is almost complete. I'll post the link when I'm finished but the feature that everybody has that I want but can't seem to find is the user online status for each comment/post? How does everybody do it?

Are you guys using a variation of this code? http://drupal.org/node/36822
And are you putting this in template.php and then feeding the node-forum.tpl.php by the variables list or do you directly insert the code into node-forum.tpl.php?

Thanks.

denney’s picture

I use the following code in the 'node-forum.tpl.php' page (also used on other parts of the site like the user profiles).

    $profileuser = user_load(array('uid' => $node->uid));

    if (round((time() - $profileuser->access)/60) < 15) {
      print theme_image(path_to_theme() .
        "/images/profile/status_online.png", $alt = 'Online', $title = 'Online', $attributes = NULL, $getsize = TRUE);
    } else {
      print theme_image(path_to_theme() .
        "/images/profile/status_offline.png", $alt = 'Offline', $title = 'Offline', $attributes = NULL, $getsize = TRUE);
    }

The '15' on the first line basically tells the script that if the user has accessed the site within the last 15 minutes, they're online.

Crimson’s picture

Oh hey. Thanks a lot. This works a lot better.

joffy’s picture

with which version of drupal is this for? I am running 5.3 and would like to use this script but I am not sure where it should need to go.

Michelle’s picture

That would work fine in 5.3. It goes in node-forum.tpl.php.

Michelle

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joffy’s picture

i dont know if i am having one of those completely oblivious moments where my mind escapes me, but i cant find that file anywhere in my site structure. where is it usually found? sorry about this....may seem like a silly question but i really cant find it anywhere.....

Michelle’s picture

It's part of the flatforum theme.

Michelle

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joffy’s picture

awesome.... thanks michelle. Works like a charm. ;)

shijmus’s picture

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Crimson’s picture

The site uses a dark scheme so just a heads up for those who don't like those kinds of schemes.

http://skiesofcrimson.com/forum

JMowery’s picture

Pretty cool, I like the theme.

You might do without the default icons on the forum though, they take away from the site theme. If you know how to change the icons on the left then definitely do that to make it complete.

Crimson’s picture

I actually want to change the whole forum list. I'll get to it eventually... once of these days...

joffy’s picture

hey....very nicely done. I see you have managed to do what i am struggling to do. In the block for the members that are online, you have the names coming one after the other. how did you do that? mine has the members in a list and this is not practical.....

Crimson’s picture

Here's the block code for it. I got the template from the handbook and then went about customizing it.

//$number = db_result(db_query('SELECT COUNT(uid) AS number FROM {users} WHERE status=1'));

if (user_access('access content')) {
  // Count users with activity in the past defined period.
  //$time_period = variable_get('user_block_seconds_online', 900);
  $time_period = 900;

  // Perform database queries to gather online user lists.
  $guests = db_fetch_object(db_query('SELECT COUNT(sid) AS count FROM {sessions} WHERE timestamp >= %d AND uid = 0', time() - $time_period));
  $users = db_query('SELECT uid, name, access FROM {users} WHERE access >= %d AND uid != 0 ORDER BY access DESC', time() - $time_period);
  $total_users = db_num_rows($users);

  // Format the output with proper grammar.
  if ($total_users == 1 && $guests->count == 1) {
    $output = t('%members and %visitors online.', array('%members' => format_plural($total_users, 'There is currently 1 user', 'There are currently @count users'), '%visitors' => format_plural($guests->count, '1 guest', '@count guests')));
  }
  else {
    $output = t('There are currently %members and %visitors online.', array('%members' => format_plural($total_users, '1 user', '@count users'), '%visitors' => format_plural($guests->count, '1 guest', '@count guests')));
  }

  // Display a list of currently online users.
  //$max_users = variable_get('user_block_max_list_count', 10);
  $max_users = 50;
  if ($total_users && $max_users) {
    $items = array();

    while ($max_users-- && $account = db_fetch_object($users)) {
      //$items[] = $account;
      $items[] = l($account->name, 'user/'. $account->uid, array('title' => t('View user profile.')));
    }
    //$output .= theme('user_list', $items);
  }

  echo '

Who\'s online

'; echo $output; echo '

'. implode(', ', $items) .'

'; }
joffy’s picture

thanks... though i trying to establish where to place this code. Does it go into the block.tpl.php of my theme folder? Sorry, i am quite new to this.... but loving it! ;)

Crimson’s picture

Go into Site building>Blocks>Add block.

Type in a description, then paste the code into the block body and change the input format to PHP.

Kirk’s picture

Looks great, man. Good work. The colors are very well chosen.

josedanielestrada’s picture

That's a really nice forum.

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joffy’s picture

not sure if this is the right place, but one thing that i know my users will want is to have images in their signatures. Is it just me or does drupal not allow for this? the forum is fantastic and I am really loving it, but i must go with what the community wants unfortunately.

VM’s picture

Investigate the signature_forum.module in the downloads area. If it doesn't already do this, you may want to file a feature request.

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Zoologico’s picture

Tracking.

Liam McDermott’s picture

signature_forum.module maintainer here. You're able to use any input format you like with this module, so users can put images into their signatures. The only caveat is they'll need to upload their images to some web space (or even attach it to a forum post--only once, not every post).

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Devis’s picture

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rickvug’s picture

I really like the theming that we did on the forums for FreshBrain. See them in action here: https://freshbrain.org/forum. A few simple things go a long way to making forum.module feel more like a "real" forums package:

  • Using a flatforum style theme is essential. Using imagecache to keep avatars consistently sized can be a nice visual touch.
  • Having the comment field directly below the entry with no subject available
  • Get rid of the sidebars and use the extra width.
  • For all the problems that it can create, having a pared down version TinyMCE can make users feel more at home.

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Liam McDermott’s picture

We've just switched to Drupal from vBulletin, there's still plenty of work to do but we're very happy to have made the move. This chap thought we would face user outrage when we switched, and there have been some grumbles (as we expected), but nothing like the problems some thought we would have. :)

Have a look: The Webmaster Forums.

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Liam McDermott’s picture

Sorry for spamming, but we just totally redesigned our forums so it's worth posting again just to show off. http://www.webmaster-forums.net

Am pretty chuffed with our changes, particularly the forum_display, which is now a list with funky sub-forums. We're finding theming in Drupal much easier than vBulletin. Not to mention standards compliant. :)

On a seperate note, I worked out a block to show new topics/comments together, it was too slow for us but might work well on a site with less users and posts:

  $node_sql = db_rewrite_sql("
    SELECT n.nid, n.title, MAX(LEFT(nr.body, 200)) AS text, created
    FROM {node} n
      INNER JOIN {node_type} nt ON n.type=nt.type
      INNER JOIN {node_revisions} nr ON n.nid=nr.nid
    WHERE nt.name='Forum topic' AND n.status=1 GROUP BY n.nid
  ");
  $comment_sql = db_rewrite_sql("
    SELECT n.nid, n.title, LEFT(c.comment, 200) AS text, timestamp AS created
    FROM {comments} c
      INNER JOIN {node} n ON c.nid=n.nid
    WHERE (c.status=%d OR c.status IS NULL)
  ");
  $sql = "(". $node_sql .") UNION (". $comment_sql .") ORDER BY created DESC";
  $result = db_query_range($sql, array(COMMENT_PUBLISHED), 0, 5);

  print "\n".'
    '."\n"; while ($post = db_fetch_object($result)) { print '
  • '. l(check_plain($post->title), 'node/'. $post->nid) .'

    '."\n"; print '

    '. check_markup($post->text, 6, FALSE) .'

  • '."\n"; } print '
'."\n";

Note the check_markup near the end there, I created a special Input format for that which would stip all HTML out of a post. check_plain could be used instead, but it would escape HTML instead of removing it, which looks ugly. Hope this helps someone.

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acacae’s picture

I have participated in the following forum and like it best. This is because that you can have an overall view of poster author, all responsers, number of viewers, space saving, and image uploading, and so on, although it is in a different language other than English. It also has a user ranking system based on the responses published by a user (a good rewarding system, I think).

http://www.haiguinet.com/bbs/viewforum.php?f=9

If you do not understand the language, its structure is like this:

Main topic -- (poser) -(file size), date, time (no. of viewers)
... |- message (first 40 characters only. click it for the rest) -- responder, -(file size), date, time (no. of viewers)
... |- message2 (first 40 characters only. click it for the rest) -- responder, -(file size), date, time (no. of viewers)
... . ... |- response (first 40 characters only. click it for the rest) -- responder, -(file size), date, time, etc.

...

I 'd like to see that Drupal can setup a similar style of forum. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Thank you in advance.

themeartists.com’s picture

Is there any newer forum topic about Drupal forum implementations?

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Michelle’s picture

The OP may be old but there's been a lot of activity on this thread in December. Can't get a whole lot newer than that.

What are you looking for?

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themeartists.com’s picture

Aware of the recent activity, just wanted to be sure not to miss anything. Sometimes there are more then one topic on the same subject.

We plan to start a forum and now evaluating the options.

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Michelle’s picture

I think most of the best looking forums have been listed here. Also be sure to check out http://groups.drupal.org/drubb for goings on with Drupal's forum.

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kriskd’s picture

I certainly don't claim to have the best or feature rich, but here is what I did to my forum with CSS:

http://sprechereast.com/sites/default/files/images/temp/sena-forum.gif

(My forum is closed to the public so, I'm just providing a screen capture.)

Kirk’s picture

Page not found :(

kriskd’s picture

Page not found :(

Thanks so much for making a note the link wasn't working! Try this one:

http://www.jimspace.dreamhosters.com/sena-forum.gif

Kirk’s picture

I like what you did with your recent replies on the right. It's a neat idea, does it make sense in every-day browsing?

kriskd’s picture

I created that on the request of an user. Currently I use SMF as my forum with the SMF mod here to link the users between the two databases. SMF is great, but is more than I really need and I'd like to get everything consolidated into Drupal. SMF has a recent posts list which this user really wants, so I'm trying to duplicate that, but the challenge I'm running into is in Drupal there are posts and comments and I'm having a difficult time creating a view that treats them all as the same an then lists them in descending order. I started a thread on that topic that you can easily find by looking at my tracker.

darumaki’s picture

I think this drupal forum competition was more geared towards use of the built in drupal forum isn't it ? You are using SMF

kriskd’s picture

I think this drupal forum competition was more geared towards use of the built in drupal forum isn't it ? You are using SMF

I assume this is directed to me...?

The screen capture I posted is indeed the Drupal forum.

However, I am technically using both. I am trying to switch from SMF to Drupal in order to centralize things. Unfortunately my users haven't taken to the Drupal forum and there would probably be a bit of a backlash if I totally cut off the SMF forum and forced them to use Drupal... although in the end that is what is going to have to happen. I'm sort of waiting for some "down time" in forums discussions to spring the change on them.

darumaki’s picture

ah ok I see, one thing that has often made me think re: drupal forum is that technically the drupal forum is nothing more than a blog who's initial front pages appear like a regular forum but the posting is definitely blog like which can be confusing because if you have a blog and a forum but they work exactly the same what's the point of having both ? I'm looking into making a clearer distinction between the two. Of course one could use the other forum modules that act more like a forum but I found them buggy so I'm going with the built in forum and looking at it more as another content section than a forum.

Liam McDermott’s picture

so I'm going with the built in forum and looking at it more as another content section than a forum.

This view always confuses me. How is a forum not a content section? Agreed that there are a lot of improvements to be made, but there are a lot of shared concepts between forums, blogs, books etc. :)

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Michelle’s picture

A forum post is nothing more than an initial topic and replies. Or a node and comments. Yeah, a blog is the same idea, as is a story or anything else where you have a post with comments. That's no different than any other software. The differences between Drupal's forum and other forums is due to the features that Drupal's still needs, not due to how posts are stored.

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dottedquad’s picture

I enjoy going to a forum to read information and ask questions. I dislike flashy forums were I get lost on what to push and how to post a question. A forum with the follow options: Post, Edit, Quote, and Reply wins my vote.

-Rich

OutCast’s picture

I'm still building on my site, But i think the forums are starting to look good give me some feed back on them. http://www.shadowsonline.com/forum

I'm with dottedquad with the none flashy forums, just a good look and easy functions for the user makes a good forum and drupal forums has all that!

josedanielestrada’s picture

I think i good looking forum for Drupal is uieforum. I installed in my site, it looks nice: Banana Tools

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darumaki’s picture

Agreed on many of the things shared here, my point was if a blog and forum are identical in every way there's really no point in having the two. A forum has its purpose and a blog has its purpose, I consider the drupal forum more blog like, front page exception of course. A forum is much more then simply a topic and a reply, if that's all one thinks it is, then stick with a blog, phpbb is a forum and its distinct from the rest of the site hence community based discussion whereas a blog is usually more one to one by design. Multi-user blogs appears to be a replacement for forums it would seem. Personally, I think multi-user takes away from the intimate focus between a single blog writer and the one reading. I find many blogs in one location to be distracting, there's a reason why its called web log, one's personal journal.

Liam McDermott’s picture

I think we're all saying slightly different things, but fundamentally we agree with each (see posts above). Basically: Drupal's forums need more forum-like features to compete (or even be comparable to) the other forum offerings out there. I wouldn't disagree with you there. :)

One more thing: Drupal is a general purpose content management platform, so there's no reason why we can't have a fantastic forum module (or set of modules to augment the core one).

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Michelle’s picture

Blogs and forums are the same under the hood as in both are nodes followed by comments. But they are different in presentation. As an example:

This is a blog post.
This is a forum post.

Same site, same theme, different node type, same comments, much different look. Forums also have forum overview pages and topic listing pages that blogs don't have.

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timothyjay’s picture

I have a pretty nice set-up forum for Mothers to connect with each other.

www.momsrockthenet.com

josedanielestrada’s picture

Somebody knows how different is Drupal 6 forum from the Drupal 5?

BananaTools.com

josedanielestrada’s picture

Hey and what do you think about this forum: http://www.bananatools.com/foro

BananaTools.com

Michelle’s picture

Not bad. Looks pretty decent. It's a pity he decided to not use nodes.

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josedanielestrada’s picture

You're right, i'll better use the classic forum, it has its advantages.

BananaTools.com

Michelle’s picture

I didn't say you should switch... If it works for you, that's great. I just think it's a pity he worked outside the node/comment system because none of his work can be used to improve the core module now.

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josedanielestrada’s picture

Can you tell me some advantages to use the classic forum? ... and thanks for your comments.

BananaTools.com

Michelle’s picture

It's nice to use the core forum module because it's as integrated as you can get. All of the features available to nodes are there. Works in views no problems. No worry about bridging and whatnot.

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Liam McDermott’s picture

Agreed with Michelle here. If it's a forum module for Drupal that doesn't use Drupal's features you might as well be using one of the bridges available (vbDrupal or what not). Feel free to use whatever you like though! What works for you is fine.

The other things I dislike about UIEForum: 1. URLs aren't search engine friendly; 2. Tables for layout everywhere. Tables for for the forum and topic listings are fine, but it's just bad form to use them for posts. Posts/Topics are not tabular data. :)

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josedanielestrada’s picture

I see... Michelle and Liam you are right, but people often used forums like VB and PHPBB, the question here is how do you customize the classic forum in order to looks like VB or PHPBB. For example, make forums and subforums and add paging in long threads.

BananaTools.com

Michelle’s picture

forum.module can already handle subforums and paging. If you want it to look more like phpbb, look at advanced forum.

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josedanielestrada’s picture

Cool, i was taking a tour by the Advanced Forums and looks great! Thanks for the tip.

BananaTools.com

planctus’s picture

Hello,
not to contend with other drupal forums but just to inform you,
i made two drupal forums that we are using on inkscape gallery
You can see the english one at: http://www.inkscapegallery.net/forum/23
See you,
Da.

diabloview’s picture

http://forums.mercurynews.com/

It was very difficult to get help on the boards though. It seemed like the things we wanted to do with the Drupal forums, no one knew how to do, or they weren't on the board that day. If you're looking to do a lot of customization, it will take a while.

Michelle’s picture

Looks like the users are not happy about the change. I'm curious what they are so upset about and what customizations you're having trouble with?

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diabloview’s picture

our old forums were pretty lame and had a lousy layout, we thought it would be different. There are some who like the new, more intuitive and clean layout. Some liked the jumbled list of topics one line after another with nothing separating them. Go figure. People don't like change, they were comfortable with the ugly old forums because they knew how to use them. Just like people on old IBM mainframes with terminals don't like Windows or Macs cuz they're used to being prompted to do one thing at a time instead of having the freedom to choose from from all the possibilities presented on a GUI. Oh well, can't please everyone.

Michelle’s picture

Sometimes a change for the better is still a change and therefore bad. Hopefully they'll learn to like it. :) If they have any specific criticism beyond "it's different" I'd like to hear them.

Thanks,

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The Fiddler’s picture

Site is www.opentk.com, built on a heavily modded D5/Hunchbaque theme. Forum posts look like this.

I've been working on this on my free time since December without any previous php or css experience. It is quite obvious that I don't have any web design experience either, so don't be too harsh! :) It also looks rather simple compared to the posts here (some of your links are great!), but I think simplicity adds value in this case.

Comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

happythoughts’s picture

http://thewomensnest.com/?q=forum

But we can't figure out how to get the time/date stamp off. Does anyone know how??

Also, we have a link to recent posts - but they show up with the time/date also and we want that off.

Any help??

nbz’s picture

I have just designed this site with Drupal 6:

http://www.therevival.co.uk/forum

a lot of thanks need to go the the author of the 4 Seasons theme as that was well layed out and allowed to make the necessary changes.

Michelle’s picture

I see you're using the new forum icons. I like those, too. :)

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nbz’s picture

Yeah only one problem though - the star signifying new posts does not stand out. Gonna colour it in orange as soon as I can figure out how to keep the background transparent in IE6.

It is still a work in progress - many things not done properly yet, but if I am gonna suffer, so are my users. :D

(On a more serious note, this is a massive improvement over what we had before - the phpBB forums were crawling.)

Michelle’s picture

Just curious... Did you use any of advforum? It looks kinda like it but, then, advforum looks kinda like phpbb so it's not exactly exclusive on the design.:) I haven't finished porting it, yet, so I know you're not using the module as is at least.

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nbz’s picture

No - I modified the four seasons theme available on this site - it had a lot of stuff well set up I simplified it, made changes to some layout and fonts, added the same to look to all comments as opposed to just forum comments and other small bits and bats.

I just need to figure out how to add a pager to the forum topics lists (show the topic name followed by Page 1, 2,3, last) - Not sure if you have that in advanced_forum - none of the pages have enough to check.

I am sure Google will provide with plenty of tips! (or maybe I should read this topic more carefully... there is probably something in here about it)

When you do get adv_forum ready, I may move over. If you need any extra eyes, or have simple tasks, give me a shout. (I know very little programming, no sql at all, but I am willing to hack - That has got me pretty far - I even maintain the phpbb2drupal module! pretty scary when you think of it like that!)

Michelle’s picture

I'll have to have a look at that theme. I didn't know there was any themes that extensively themed the forums.

No pager in the topic list, yet. That's something I'd like to add eventually, though.

I've got the port mostly done. It's a bit tricky because I'm porting to 6 and backporting to 5 all at the same time.

That's impressive that you maintain a module like that with little programming and no SQL!

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nbz’s picture

The icons I added myself from the Drupal icons issue. From what I remember, that theme only themes the forum comments in the forum layout - I modified the actual layout and made all comments themed (and moved things around in there too... the actual theme does look very different.. more grey everywhere with thick grey borders. Looks good, but not what I needed.).

ascetic’s picture

Im using the advforum with some CSS mods Now using only the default forum with some css tricks on:

http://mediasastra.com/ruang_diskusi

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Michelle’s picture

Any particular reason why? There's more to AF than just CSS tricks.

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ascetic’s picture

Hello Michelle,

I really enjoy using your module and there were nothing wrong with it.
I use sky theme as my basic theme for that website, and as you may know it has already have a nice forum looks out of the box.
I just need to add some more data such as PM, points, posts, etc. basically that is all I need for my forum :)

thanks

Mediasastra Literature Community

Michelle’s picture

Yes, Sky has nice looking forums. If you don't need the other funcitonality AF provides, then it's a nice choice.

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Liam McDermott’s picture

I see you are using our icons from The Webmaster Forums! The only problem with these is that they're customised for our colour scheme, and don't really fit with your site. So, you might want to go back to the source, get the SVG icons from the Tango icon set and customise those to better match your colour scheme.

We use Inkscape to do all our customisations, it wasn't much work. :)

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ascetic’s picture

Hello Liam,

yes, I am using your icons. it was meant to be temporary since I don't really like the default icons from drupal :) I am still working on new ones. Indeed, It does not fit the color scheme :)
the website is online for about 3 weeks now and its not yet complete after a full redesign, upgrading and create a whole new concept.
so, if you don't mind, I kindly ask your permission to use the icons for at least the next couple of weeks after I've finished the site.
It's a non profit community site, so everything has to be done one by one.
I am truly sorry if this is somehow offend you as the original creator :)
thanks for the source link

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Liam McDermott’s picture

Don't worry about it, we adapted them from the Tango! project anyway. I just wanted to let you know that, so you can get the original SVG files and create something that fits your design better. :)

The Ubuntu forums also use a variant of the Tango! icon set (but not Drupal for their forums, unfortunately).

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deckfifty’s picture

heres my contribution: http://www.canadagtir.com

its a lightly modified flatforum + css

tapierce’s picture

Looks like you've done a really god job with this. Love the graphics...

Alwayzer
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portait’s picture

Would be nice to see your css. :)

ddorian’s picture

note to anyone who is using advanced forum with clean urls:
you must go to the forum vocabulary and edit the name from forums to forum because and example here:
http://www.canadagtir.com/forum = ok
http://www.canadagtir.com/forums/canada-gtir/general-chatter-0 = not ok
or change the link to the forum from forum to forums

Michelle’s picture

You don't need to do anything special to use advforum with clean URLs.

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socialtalker’s picture

pretty in pink! a huge site, with lots of comments, congradulations on a job well done.

hanzahar’s picture

WoW !

damn,I wish I'm techy

AndriaD’s picture

Just a comment about joomla, since it was mentioned fairly early-on in this thread -- it looks great, outstanding designs available, and the admin interface is actually pretty sweet when you get used to it -- but Joomla just doesn't seem to DO anything, except sit there and look real nice. I was playing with it recently, downloaded and installed a couple of diff extensions for diff things, only to find that the functionality just wasn't there, it was always "sometime in the near future" -- they have a really good basis for a nice CMS there, but extension developers really need to get off their butts and actually do something useful. Drupal might not have as many fancy themes/templates, but hey, the modules really do some useful stuff, and about 99.99% of them actually work as stated. For anyone that wants a site to do something other than sit there and be a nice-looking "brochure", Drupal wins hands down all across the board.

And on the topic of forums, from what I read in the remarks about the various bridge thingies for joomla, none of them really work -- see above -- it basically just sits there and looks nice, but hey, so does a potted plant.

josedanielestrada’s picture

Hi People,

I would like to know what do you think about my forum http://www.sexypokermagazine.com/forum.

Please check the rest of the website, i'm still working on it, comments are welcome.

Sexy Poker Magazine - Banana Tools

markone123’s picture

A CMS as giant as Drupal should already have a forum that is part of core. Two CMS's already have it memht and yacs, which by the way are also as fast as Drupal just lacking many components, modules, addons.

silverwing’s picture

it does. That's what this forum is.

Of course, it's not a phpbb bloated forum, but it is a forum.

~silverwing

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markone123’s picture

Thanks, I just figured that out. To tell you the truth I don't need anything more than this, only integration with the site was important to me. I almost gave up on Drupal.

josedanielestrada’s picture

Exactly, forums is not the most important part of a website. With a few hacks we can have a complete forum system.

Sexy Poker Magazine - Banana Tools

Liam McDermott’s picture

Exactly, forums is not the most important part of a website.

That depends on the site. :)

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josedanielestrada’s picture

You're right, but if some person needs only a forum for all the website may be should choose something like PhpBB or something like that and not Drupal. I think when a website has many types of content, Drupal is one of the best solutions for example: http://www.apaddedcell.com/ :)

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choiceerp’s picture

Hello,
I have run a web site to the open knowledge on the ERP/CRM (mainly these Open source). The topic of this site is to give acces to lots of open documentations about how to choose an ERP/CRM, how to migrate from one to another, and to stay in the spirit of the open source, not to be stuck on just one.
For the start we have books for: Compiere, Dolibarr, ERP5, Hipergate, Jfire, Neogia, Ofbiz, Openbravo, Opentabs.
All these programs are Open source. And of course we will try to get the information about some corporate ERP like SAP, Sage, Jeeves, ...
Everybody's wellcome,
Best regards,
Alain Ivars
Creator of www.choiceerp.org
PS: DRUPAL is naturaly very beautiful, i have change nothing, all on this site is original Drupal v6.0 Congratulation to all the contributor

hObbE’s picture

Hey!

I'm working on our website and it has been running drupal and phpbb for about 2 years now. Just recently I migrated to drupals own forums. It's a bit of a pain but we're getting there regarding features and usability. Our users are used to the phpbb way so our forum is trying to mimic phpbb.

It's a work in progress but any comments or ideas are welcome:

http://www.spellofplay.com/forum

I'm currently not to happy about the breadcrumbs and some minor details like that, but all in all it's becoming usable.

On a side not we are going for Firefox and IE7 also I'm a game developer mot a web programmer/designer :)

Regards!
/hObbE

Michelle’s picture

Very nice looking forum. If your users are used to phpbb, you can get more of the functionality by installing http://drupal.org/project/advanced_forum . You should be able to use your existing theme work by replacing the .tpl files content with yours. Might be a little work in merging but you'd benefit from ongoing features being added.

Michelle

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hObbE’s picture

Glad you like it!

I'm actually using advanced_forum already :) I have not got around to installing any of the supported modules though... real soon now :)

/hObbE

Michelle’s picture

I didn't realize. I didn't look at the source, but your forum threads look more like stock Drupal than advforum. I guess some people prefer that look over the typical phpbb/vb look, though.

Michelle

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deckfifty’s picture

FYI - you aren't fully using advanced forum. Take a quick look through the readme that comes with advanced forum - you should find a small php snippet that needs to be placed in your themes template.php file. This will make your actual threads look much more like phpbb..

malgini’s picture

Hey everybody!
This is our forum for drupal: RB7.ru - Web site for everybody - Forum (RUS)
Here is the translation of the whole web site: Translated RB7.ru - Web site for everybody (ENG by Google)
I really like it - anybody else?

-Anti-’s picture

An old thread, I know, but since it was resurected I'd like to post this opinion for newcomers who may be thinking about not using Drupal because it doesn't have any emphasis on forums.

I was shocked when I first saw drupal's lack of support for forums, and how limited it's own forum is. Then I laughed. Then I went back to my old forum-centric, section-orientated CMS. But on coming back to Drupal (so many web designers can't wrong, right?) I realised that whilst I personally detested the way new community sites work, like facebook, youtube, etc, which are based on decentralised comments, it is, whether we like it or not, the way forward.

I think Drupal represents this paradigm shift away from section/forum centric site - every piece of content becomes a forum for discussion, and instead of the user having to navigate to the various sections to see their contributions, new replies and content are fed to them based on role, subscriptions, etc. The children at my school are used to this - virtually none of them regularly sign up to forums, but all of them think nothing of posting messages on facebook and youtube.

Also, in my experience, forum integration with cms software is always prone to many issues, which is why module developers perhaps aren't clamouring to create a 'super-forum' for Drupal. Just as we don't see many cgi forums around these days, I think php forums are probably going to fall out of fashion.

Just something to think about before noobs try to integrate a forum package into their new install. You might find out that you don't need it; I'd recommmend the 'advanced forum' module and leaving it at that. The rest of your site becomes your main 'forum' for discussion.

-Anti-’s picture

Double post - glitch in the matrix

Eddie123’s picture

here is my contribution: http://www.pinklemonade.de/forum

Michelle’s picture

Very pink. :)

Can't believe this old thread is still going... LOL

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Eddie123’s picture

@ Michelle
By the way - thank you a lot for all the work you have done on drupal. I really appreciate it. Especially advanced profile is a really help. Same with advanced forum:)

Michelle’s picture

You're welcome. :)

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Kirk’s picture

This is my entry, recently opened. http://suitupscene.com/forum

Using the wonderful Advanced Forum, of course.

ajevans85’s picture

http://www.ukocn.com/forums has some funky drupal powered forums. I really like the little topic preview popup bubble.

Michelle’s picture

Considering they're using advanced forum and considering that preview is on the to do list, it would be lovely if they'd contribute it back.

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ajevans85’s picture

A quick way to get topic previews is in your advanced_forum_preprocess_forum_topic_list(&$variables) when you iterate over each topic adding the sticky class is also reset the topic title link:

$node = node_load($topic->nid) ;
$topic->title = l($node->title, $node->path, array('attributes' => array('title' => $node->teaser)));

I haven't looked into great detail yet of advforum so you may be able to inject the new title before this point of execution instead of loading the node again preventing more db overhead. If lucky it may even be just overriding a theme function.

Now you have a title attribute set you could do the fancy javascript bubble as a seperate module which gives the user a choice of how preview is displayed.

$(document).ready(function() {
   $(.forum-top-links .title a).hover(function(){
       show_popup(($this).attr('title');
   });
});

The above is sudo code but gives the general idea.

Alternatively you could attach a id/class to each table row of the topic list such as node-$nid and get the teaser using ajax.

$(document).ready(function() {
   $(div.forum-topics tr a).hover(function(){
       var nid = $(this.parent).attr('id') //use some regex to get $nid value from node-$nid
       var teaser = .... // Ajax request to a custom menu callback
       showPopUp(teaser);
   });
});

Again above is a quick skeleton demonstrating my ideas.

Michelle’s picture

I don't know any js at all so that's total greek to me at the moment but I linked to it from the issue ( #303544: Add popup preview of topic ) and that will give me a head start when I'm ready to tackle it.

Thanks,

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ajevans85’s picture

I'm a bit busy with work at the moment. I have a long christmas break though and would like this feature on a hobby project I haven't had time to sit down and work on recently. I don't see any harm passing on my results once I have time to sit down and take a look over the christmas period.

josedanielestrada’s picture

I like the structure of http://www.ukocn.com/forums , how they mixed with the website.

gav240z’s picture

Subscribe to thread.....

I have used advanced forum on www.vintagejdm.com/forum but I don't like Advanced Forum Module. I think I'll use the standard Drupal forum and add some modules to add functionality and take advantaged of CSS and Theme Overrides to improve the Default forum style and usability. Might be a while away from achieving this though.

Michelle’s picture

What don't you like about it? Comments like this don't help me improve the module.

Michelle

eddie123123’s picture

Just to keep the Competition a live:)

http://www.webkatapult.de/forum

adrianmak’s picture

what other modules used on this forum ?

eddie123123’s picture

The forum itselfs is Drupal Core with "Advanced Forum" and "Advanced Profile Kit". And css theming.

Other functionality comes from Flag-Module to report spam and to add a bookmark functionality.
Subscriptions Module which notifies the user if anyone comments on posts they have made...

Fidelix’s picture

Oh my! I really loved your forums. The design is just beautiful and comfortable.

Congratulations!

Fogg’s picture

Hi folks,

just found this thread :) We changed from phpNuke to drupal on the last weekend. Currently we face some performance issues but the new server is almost ready ...

In the meantime, here the link: http://www.eh6.de

Have fun!

Liam McDermott’s picture

If you're suffering from performance troubles try installing APC (Advanced PHP Cache), there's also memcached but that is a little harder to setup.

To get help installing these, either look up a tutorial on the Web or ask your hosting provider.

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elzix’s picture

I figured this competition existed so that a list of download-able modules would be created. If there's a list of contesting modules, new Drupal users would find it easier to "make the move" to Drupal.

So is this competition to find out who has the best forum or to find which GPL forum module is the best?

Michelle’s picture

This is the showcase forum... It's a thread to showcase your Drupal based forum sites. Since Drupal only has one forum module, the "competition" isn't about the module but what you do with it. If you're looking for a list of modules to enhance the forum, that's here: http://drupal.org/node/227121

Michelle

Witch’s picture

Of course i like our Gothic Forum

I wish there were better looking images. Maybe i will someday create a few.

gausarts’s picture

Who won the competition, btw? Still open for submissions?
What happens to http://www.terminus1525.ca/?
I like dark gothic http://www.blacksins.de/forum. Thumbs up.
http://www.ukocn.com/forums is blended very well with the site, simple and nice. I guess it is using pathatho for forums URL?

Subscribing for inspirations. Thanks

love, light n laughter

Michelle’s picture

It's not really a competition, despite the title. No winners, just showing off forums. :)

Michelle

carsato’s picture

Hello

I'm developing http://forocompraventa.net wich is a forum for buy and sell things and services.

I hope you like it
See you

kriskd’s picture

Certainly not as nice as some, but I'm happy with it because I don't consider myself to be a designer:

http://www.kittycam.net/forum

Fidelix’s picture

I liked your forum!

But on the topics list:
http://www.kittycam.net/forums/kitty-cam/whats-cameras

You really do need some way to add more contrast to the topic titles. They're hard to read ATM.

Nice job!

sifuhall’s picture

We're a large kung fu community recently converted to Drupal and using Advanced Forum.
http://www.dragonslist.com/forums

thiruvelan’s picture

http://healthy-ojas.com/forum

Welcome all to register (FREE registration) & participate in a threaded discussion by creating new topic or replying to the existing topic on health and diseases.

We welcome your opinion and suggestion for improvement of the forum look, ease of use, etc.

Michelle’s picture

Uh... I think I'm missing something. Looks like a stock core forum. Not even themed. Are you sure you gave the right link?

Michelle

Sniget’s picture

How about http://www.sniget.com/forum?

It may not be best looking one but it does the job well with the core forum module.

Michelle’s picture

Honestly, I think people aren't reading the original post and are just using this as an excuse to get their link out there.

Michelle

WorldFallz’s picture

yep-- imo just link spam at this point. I've toyed around with the idea of locking this thread, but it doesn't happen often so I haven't done it yet. Feel free to if you want though ;-)

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Michelle’s picture

Well, they're at least Drupal forums so I'm not gonna call them spam. Just disappointing because I enjoy seeing what people do with their forums and I keep clicking hoping to see something that will "wow" me only to find they did little more than enable the module.

Michelle

gausarts’s picture

My ex-employer asked me to build a forum two years ago, I guess, a month before I quit the job. Took me 2 months to finish it. Recently they asked to refine things again. I was thinking to upgrade it to drupal 7, but lots of modules are not ported yet. I think I had better wait for AF to at least reach alpha then start upgrading. Hopefully, AF will reduced lots of headaches here and there :)

Some old mockups: https://picasaweb.google.com/gausarts/ForumMockups

The site: forum.tempointeraktif.com

love, light n laughter

websupportguy’s picture

Hi all, this is a great thread. I have a biker website (see link below) that uses the FeverUltra forum theme extensions. I'd be interested to know what you think about this layout, which I have tweaked a bit since installation. It was originally running in PHPBBPlus and I converted it to Drupal forums to reduce spam.

http://www.bikesonshow.com/forum

I was looking at this thread to get ideas for when I upgrade the site to Drupal 7, hopefully soon (and probably with a theme change as Antsin (theme developer) is going nowhere with upgrading this theme.

Tony