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Greetings, Primates. I’ve been travelling for the last few days. But I wanted to give you a quick update on our earlier discussion about upgrading the software that runs the Discussion Forums at TPMPrime. As I suggested we would in my previous post, it’s clear that Disqus wasn’t up to the task. And we decided that – notwithstanding the challenges involved – it made more sense to build a forum app within our modular CMS “Core” rather than using one of the various open source or third party options.
To that end, we’ve set all our other projects aside and launched into building the platform for a richer and more durable Prime discussion experience. The initial build – which we hope to release here in approximately a month – won’t have dramatically more features than the current Disqus based system has. Some, but not many more. Our main goal is to get us off Disqus and on to a platform that’s durable, dependable and one we can build on going forward.
At the moment, we’re in an odd position. We don’t want to put up with the problems with Disqus. But we also don’t want to pour development hours into a platform we’re going to abandon in short order. And because of that, our goal of moving as quickly as possible to launch a lean version of the new system and end the Disqus era on Prime.
With that, here are some key feature areas we believe are critical and which we want to add/improve/refine for the first launch.
- html: limited markup HTML (headers, bold/italic), and an alternative formatting language (markdown) for those who prefer
- notifications: a simple and pervasive notification system to let you easily know when your comments have been responded to and a simple way to access that part of the relevant comment thread.
- topics: edit and manage your own topics after the fact, though deletion will only delete the text you originally entered, so that conversations/comments that exist won’t be lost
- uprating: members can uprate, but not downrate (keep things positive while preserving the interactive nature, also easier to implement infrastructurally)
- threading: improved threading, but same general concept as current. basic issue we’re trying to solve is disqus has some UI inconsistencies.
Our techs are at work on this now. And we’ll keep you updated. Please share your thoughts and reactions in the thread below.