Joel Oliveira wrote:
If Beast is something you'd want to explore, then I'd recommend
Altered Beast which, I think, is a fork that's actually active in its
On Jun 28, 2009, at 4:13 PM, "John W. Long" <m...@johnwlong.com> wrote:
Have you thought about integrating Beast with Radiant? I think there
was some work done on this in the past. Not sure if it ever came to
fruition. Just wondering why you want to use SMF.
Hi John & Joel
Thanks for your answers. Actually, a while back, a colleague helped me
review the four main options for forums in Rails:
* Beast/ Altered Beast
* El Dorado - focused more on being a holistic site, rather than a forum.
* RForum - fantastic, but still on Rails 1.1.6 with little or no active
and 1 more.
The general thing we ended up with was that the Rails based forums were
1. Good spam control
2. Active development
3. Support for easy customization of themes, etc.
4. An active community developing things like add-ons or plugins to add
5. Things like getting an email when a board you're watching is updated
I'm making a few sweeping statements here (sorry) but that was roughly
what we found. In contrast, I got the feeling that SMF is quite mature
with most of these features already in place. I think it's roughly
based on vBulletin - so, it has a lot of features and more importantly,
has the features I think I need.
My personal preference would be RForum - I think it's fast, smooth,
fantastic and quite feature-rich. But, seeing as it's not actively
developed any more and is still on Rails 1.1.6 (I think), I decided to
veer towards SMF. Even Altered Beast has not been updated since Oct
2008 (not that far back, admittedly). I would really like to see a
separate project called Radiant BBS built with the same ease,
extensibility and cool class as Radiant CMS.
But in the meanwhile, back to the original question - I was wondering if
anyone has any experience in making the two work together? I think I
may not want too much from it - but share some data about users, recent
posts, etc. I think it would be too much work to "share layouts" but a
few days of CSS work with it has resulted in very similar looking
pages. I can live with that.
Any ideas anyone? (Just for completeness, SMF is written in PHP.)
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