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 From:  "Alex M" <radiussupport at lrcommunications dot net>
 To:  "'Chris Buechler'" <cbuechler at gmail dot com>, "Monowall Support List" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Re: why dont we have forum?
 Date:  Sat, 6 Jan 2007 15:29:08 -0500
Not really difficult project, I did (module for pf well did the code module
is not yet done) that was much harder. Here the only problem is to the
replies from email to be synced with forum replies... In order to do this I
will just will add signatures for topics started in the forum, so there
would be no problems to follow up in the email, and as to the topics started
in email thatís a bit harder, but I can use client (sender) email signature
generated by SMTP and the topic (w/ striped out Re: and etc) and MD5 to
identify if this is a new post and if not then find similar post... and
finally the hardest one are those who donít keep original messages in, there
the only way to to do MD5 of the topic and doserch for %like% topic and
attaché fror the newst topic that has the sender addres in it (yes this
could be fallacious, if same person had same topic in the past) well in one
way or another it would do good sync. 

And as you know I love forums just for the reason that I have probably
10,000,000 messages just from the lists + all the spam + my biz
correspondence == Delete to all without reading => too costly

With forum I would subscribe only to what I know, like for instance I have
weak knowledge of NAT, so I donít wana that, on another hand, wireless is my
strong point.... 

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Buechler [mailto:cbuechler at gmail dot com] 
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 3:08 PM
Cc: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Re: why dont we have forum?

On 1/5/07, David Kitchens <spider at webweaver dot com> wrote:
>  Yes, most forums do but that means all list users must go and signup on
> them and choose that option. With the division of people that like or
> dislike forums, that would not be too feasible to expect.

Manuel and I decided it isn't worth the effort to integrate the lists
and forum, and would be extremely difficult to do in a sensible
fashion.  The forum will have areas for individual topics, like
installation, NAT, firewalling, captive portal, etc. etc.  For an
example, see forum.pfsense.org as it'll essentially be almost a mirror
of how that's setup.  To be able to properly integrate the two, the
list messages would have to be categorized properly, amongst other
issues like flowing messages back and forth properly, etc.

Time has proven that while there may be some initial interest in
taking on something as daunting as this, that interest will wane
quickly and it'll never be properly completed.  It's a difficult
project, and not worth the time it would require even if someone was
willing to undertake it.  That time could be better spent improving
m0n0wall, not investing a significant amount of time putting glue
between support mechanisms.

The forum software we'll be using is SMF.  phpBB was not even remotely
considered because it's a security nightmare.


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