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Source code for this board

I remember there have been several threads about the source code for this board.  I can't seem to find them in the archive (usabilitymustdie).  How do you guys search that archive?  Can anyone find those threads?

Anyway I'm wondering how much work it is to set up a message board like this.

Moosebumps
Sunday, November 23, 2003

1 usabilitymust die is not an archive - it's a metaarchive.

2 to search jos use google with site:discuss.fogcreek.com

3 joel does not make his source code available, but at least four people have made clones of the board

4 maybe someone should make a jos faq

Dennis Atkins
Sunday, November 23, 2003

PHP / MySQL version:

http://www.johnsadventures.com/backend/DiscussionForum/APHPDiscussionForum.html

Alex Chernavsky
Sunday, November 23, 2003

ASP version @ http://www.sswltd.com

Santa Claus
Sunday, November 23, 2003

"2 to search jos use google with site:discuss.fogcreek.com"

Doesn't work for me.  It turns up some older topics, but not anything recent.  (For example, I searched for "Xbox" -- which was in a topic I started a few weeks ago -- but got nothing.) 

My guess is that since there isn't any direct way to browse to older topics (ones that have fallen off the bottom of the list) they're not getting spidered by Google.

Robert Jacobson
Sunday, November 23, 2003

"but got nothing" -- meant that I didn't get that particular thread.  Google returned some older theads from 2001 and 2002, but nothing more recent.

Robert Jacobson
Sunday, November 23, 2003

Google doesn't like sites that radically change (read: &ixReplies=99) every time it visits.

www.MarkTAW.com
Sunday, November 23, 2003

Dave Behnke created a pretty good free clone.

Have a look at Smart Software:

http://www.sswltd.com

Justin
Monday, November 24, 2003

Sorry Santa - should have been more awake before making that last post.

Justin
Monday, November 24, 2003

I'm running the Johns Adventures PHP script in some places instead of a guestbook and it works great. I like that it only takes a couple of tables, so I can use an existing database, or you can install as many as you want by creating the necessary tables.

One problem is that there is no archive, and once messages scroll off, they're gone for good. I e-mailed John about it, and I'm not sure if he ever added an archive page, but I think he was working on it a while back.

www.MarkTAW.com
Monday, November 24, 2003

Marktaw: is that the forum on your website?  Looks pretty good.

Yeah an archive feature would be nice.

Does anyone have links to any other JOS forum clones (not necessarily source, though they would be nice)?

Moosebumps
Monday, November 24, 2003

MarkTAW, sorry! I've been slacking lately. I'll get right on it...

John C
Monday, November 24, 2003

> "Does anyone have links to any other JOS forum clones (not necessarily source, though they would be nice)?"

MooseBumps,

When I first rolled out my personal web-page, I thought that it would be good to develop to have a discussion board for off-topic comments and so I developed my own JoS clone:

http://discuss.fullyindependent.com/index.php?cmd=show&pPost=1&ixReplies=2

I probably developed it more out of curiosity than anything else. Developing from scratch, I spent about 1-2 hours developing the whole thing.

However, I had a competing system in the commenting system I developed for my blog, and when coupled with the lack of any informative articles meant that it had no chance of reaching anything like the required critical user mass... Still distracted me for a while:-)

FullyIndependent
Monday, November 24, 2003

That's nice FullyIndependent... where's the source code?


Monday, November 24, 2003


Is there a Cold Fusion version of this board anywhere?

David
Monday, November 24, 2003

No, on my site I'm running http://phorum.org/ because it had a few more "advanced" features that I was looking for at the time. http://www.phpbb.com/ is another open source forum that has just about all the bells and whistles.

Each one has a time and place. Joel was right, the simpler the better. The fewer barries to entry, the better.

John - awesome.

www.MarkTAW.com
Monday, November 24, 2003

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