I have some Drupal experience now (been building a coporate backed community site recently). I have lots of Java experience (the language XSM is written in). I have even worked on stuff that has combined the two. I am one of the few that contributes to all three sites, and I think I was the first to have an account on all three. I have the equivalent of admin rights on two of the three. I'm also the most active maintainer for an IRC FAQ bot for what it's worth. I'm willing to work on this as soon as the FDO stuff is not soaking up all me spare time. In the mean time, I'll contribute what I can. On Mon, 11 Sep 2006 17:42:46 -0700 Blake Barnett <email@example.com> wrote: > On Sep 11, 2006, at 4:25 PM, Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) wrote: > <snip> > > > > one issues i see in merging them - 2 use xsm (fine) 1. uses drupal > > (php cms). > > edevelop's forums just can't function without dynamic www - xsm > > itself can't > > really scale there. so do we rewrite forum code in php to serve > > from xsm? do we > > have a split-personality site (not very attractive maintenance and > > design-wise). > > > > how do we merge the efforts into "1 cms" (take that loosely) - or > > is it ever > > possible? > > The forums on edevelop.org are a combination of Drupal and phpBB > (the old forums were originally just phpBB). I hacked Drupal to make > it feel similar because everyone moaned so much about the original > Drupal style and design. phpBB is a security nightmare (or it was > when I switched away from it). > > I really hope the decision is not to create some frankenstein > monstrosity by gluing together pieces of Drupal/XSM/Wiki and random > bits of PHP. Just the thought of it gives me a headache. One thing that has always kept me away from online forums is the general lack of any email interface. If I can treat the forums just like a mailing list, then I will contribute to them just like I contribute to the mailing lists. This is an area I would definitely put some personal effort into getting right. I'm not saying to feed the forums into existing mailing lists, they can have lists of their own. The latest version of Drupal is much nicer now, but Blake has much more experience with Drupal than I, so I defer to him on the subject.
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