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Ning 3.0 Forum Questions and Concerns

Hello,

I've just launched a sandbox site and have barely scratched the surface playing with it. I'm sure I'll have many questions and suggestions as I dig deeper into the new platform, but right now I have three questions about the forum feature.

1. The comment options are Disqus/standard/none. So just to clarify -- if Disqus comments are selected, members will not be presented with the option to comment using their network profile?

2. There doesn't appear to be a search option for the forum, which concerns me. A lot, actually.

3. Is Facebook commenting an option?

Thanks!

Kristy 

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  • Can anyone comment on reply structure? Is it threaded (like creators) or chronological (with quotes for replies to replies)?

    • Hi Chris,

      The reply structure is currently flat; a threaded reply mechanism is in place, but we're fine-tuning the experience for mobile before making it available.

      Thanks,
      Phil

      • The reply structure is currently flat; a threaded reply mechanism is in place, but we're fine-tuning the experience for mobile before making it available.

        Hey Phil, thanks for the reply. Two questions, with a bit of background:

        My forums are threaded, like here. I have been wanting to switch to flat (with quotes) but I can't as my many current discussions would lose all sense - replies would be out of order with no way of knowing how to follow a discussion.

         - does (or will) the "flat" format automatically quote whichever comment is being replied to? This is huge for maintaining readability.

         - would we be able to set this per forum? i.e. could I import my current forum in it's current threaded form, as a sort of archive, and have other new forums set to flat (with quotes)?

        • Hi Chris,

          You can set comments (native with or without HTML replies/FB/Disqus) per forum. Right now there isn't a quoting function; we've experimented with a few different ways to have a flat structure that still makes it easy to follow individual threads, but we're not there yet.

          When you import your existing network content, it will be a single forum instance, so you'd be able to nominate that as an archive (and very likely keep the current threading model) and start a new forum or forums and have a different commenting model for them.

          Thanks,
          Phil

          • Fabulous, thanks Phil!

          • Hi Phil,

            Facebook and Network commenting for blogs will not be combined? 

            • Hi Rowald,

              No, you can choose network comments or facebook comments per blog/forum/photo section; you can't combine them in one. We thought about that but decided that the interaction would be too confusing.

              Thanks,
              Phil

              • Although I really hoped this would be possible somehow I can imagine this will be confusing to some.

  • Hi Kristy,

    Yes, FB comments are an option. You'll need to set up a FB app under the Facebook Integration admin page to enable it.

    Facebook and Disqus comments are there as options, and if you selected those, members would need to use that system, rather than their network profile, to comment. They are there as options so that you can have mixed privacy modes throughout your network on a per page basis. You might have internal members-only blogs and forums that require membership to comment, and public blogs and forums where non-members can easily contribute. 

    Search is coming.

    Thanks,
    Phil

  • Why, in the forum, some people see the complete text editor and others not? Look at this.

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