As announced in https://github.com/piwik/piwik/issues/8520#issuecomment-131781447, we have decided to try Discourse for our Piwik Forums (currently we are using phorum).
Some nice features of Discourse: it's simple to use, fast, responsive, and overall looks good. It is actively maintained and has a hosted service (which we will use with a discounted price). The forums structure is flexible. Discourse encourages crowd sourced moderation (via 'Flag' feature). One change is that there is no forum signature feature (design decision to KISS). It's possible to Like posts. There will be social login via github, twitter, etc. making it super easy to signup.
Overall we hope the migration to Discourse will help you feel more at home in the forums, and over time that it will slightly increase community engagement!
forum.piwik.orgto point to discourse
Make Categories look great:
Finish the migration:
Note: Create an issue to follow up these items:
HTTPSSSL connection for forum.piwik.org
Please check & test our Discourse instance at: http://piwik.techapj.com/
You can signup for a new account, or if you already have an account on forum.piwik.org you can use "Reset password" feature to get access to your profile.
Looking forward to feedback and bug reports/suggestions!
@mattab nice, I see all posts + users have been imported! I tested it for a few minutes, here are some notes:
Some nice improvements I liked immediately:
I'd suggest having the ability to file bugs/issues about this Discourse instance within the same, much like Discourse does on theirs: https://meta.discourse.org/c/bug?order=op_likes&status=open
Some sort of invitation to current forum users (by email?) would also seem in order, perhaps not all of them but at least the past few hundred active users (or last registered).
@mattab don't forget to set up Piwik tracking. Maybe we will be able to implement it a little bit better here (to have better data in demo.piwik.org instance) - with event and content tracking.
@quba basic pageview tracking is already setup (currently tracking in a hidden website on demo.piwik.org). It would be very nice, indeed, to track event and content tracking too! adding to checklist
@MagicFab thanks for feedack!
attachments seems to be missing
private messages didn't make it
reported these to discourse
internal links point to the current forum
it will work fine on the production instance because redirects will be setup
permissions didn't make it
some permissions seem to have make it, but we'll start fresh anyway!
Some sort of invitation to current forum users (by email?) would also seem in order, perhaps not all of them
yep it's planned (see migration checklist). i'll just email all of them, because why not? ;-)
Takeshi from Piwik Japan team said they are interested to create a Japanese support forum on forum.piwik.org -> once we have discourse, let's create the forum! :-)
I'd volunteer to help with French / Spanish. Other than a time machine to multiply @mattab 's time, what else can be done to advance this? :)
Progress update: the forums are now hosted on the actual Discourse Cloud and available at: http://piwik.trydiscourse.com/
I will run more tests in coming days and hopefully soon we can kick start the migration :+1:
Another potential point for the checklist, while at it: Could HTTPS be enabled on forum.piwik.org? It's the only *.piwik.org domain left without HTTPS.
Could HTTPS be enabled on forum.piwik.org? It's the only *.piwik.org domain left without HTTPS.
it should be possible, this was added to the checklist in issue description
Is it safe to assume the data there is for testing purposes and will be wiped clean at migration time? Perhaps a notice to that effect would be useful until it's done. Can't wait!
yes the data will be wiped out and re-imported fresh in coming 48 hours or so (migration is happening very soon!)
Migration has started
I've switched DNS on forum.piwik.org so it should be updated within 24 hours...
The forum categories were updated: http://piwik.trydiscourse.com/categories
We can try it and see how it looks. There's a demo link referenced but discourse seems to be down or not working there anymore.
It would be nice if users could post directly from there similar to https://disqus.com/home/ (users can post there on the embedded iframe)
Forums have been migrated to Discourse and it has been a success! Join the community at: http://forum.piwik.org/