Community Engine for Own Web Site?

1 Dec 2006 - 11:39am
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Andrei Sedelnikov
2004

The internet forums / bulletin boards are dying. They actually were a
form of a limited community only having a discussion feature. Now the
"real" communities are coming everywhere with relations, blogs, maps
etc. Well one can easily create own community on the sites like Ning.

But: what if I want to have the same thing, but on MyOwnDomain.com ?
In other words - are there "community engines" available? Googling on
this topic is difficult - these words are appearing in many contexts.

--
Andrei Sedelnikov
http://usabilist.de/

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1 Dec 2006 - 11:50am
maglez@btintern...
2006

I don't think that Internet Forums are dying but anyway, some time ago I was looking for forums
packages and I found this to be very powerful on all senses...
http://communityserver.org/i/overview.aspx

Google this...
community forums software

...and you will many packages, many of those for free.

Good luck.

Miguel Gonzalez.

--- Andrei Sedelnikov <usabilist at gmail.com> wrote:

> The internet forums / bulletin boards are dying. They actually were a
> form of a limited community only having a discussion feature. Now the
> "real" communities are coming everywhere with relations, blogs, maps
> etc. Well one can easily create own community on the sites like Ning.
>
> But: what if I want to have the same thing, but on MyOwnDomain.com ?
> In other words - are there "community engines" available? Googling on
> this topic is difficult - these words are appearing in many contexts.
>
> --
> Andrei Sedelnikov
> http://usabilist.de/
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1 Dec 2006 - 11:55am
Palmer, Eric
1969

If you are interested in an open source portable forum platform check
out

http://www.phpbb.com/

Probably not as full featured as communityserver.org but also not .net
based and free.
----------------------
Eric F. Palmer, CIPP
IS - Director of Web Services
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-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
Miguel Gonzalez
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 11:51 AM
To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Community Engine for Own Web Site?

I don't think that Internet Forums are dying but anyway, some time ago I
was looking for forums
packages and I found this to be very powerful on all senses...
http://communityserver.org/i/overview.aspx

Google this...
community forums software

...and you will many packages, many of those for free.

Good luck.

Miguel Gonzalez.

--- Andrei Sedelnikov <usabilist at gmail.com> wrote:

> The internet forums / bulletin boards are dying. They actually were a
> form of a limited community only having a discussion feature. Now the
> "real" communities are coming everywhere with relations, blogs, maps
> etc. Well one can easily create own community on the sites like Ning.
>
> But: what if I want to have the same thing, but on MyOwnDomain.com ?
> In other words - are there "community engines" available? Googling on
> this topic is difficult - these words are appearing in many contexts.
>
> --
> Andrei Sedelnikov
> http://usabilist.de/
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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1 Dec 2006 - 12:27pm
Josh
2006

As far as "community engines" are concerned, you might want to take a look
at:

www.userplane.com and www.kickapps.com

Userplane was recently acquired by AOL and has tools for Web-based IM,
Video, Presence Detection, and Chat Rooms. I believe they have an ad driven
package that's "free", but I'm not sure.

Kickapps has come up a little more recently, but they're doing some similar
work with creating white-label online community/social networking tools they
call "widgets" that allow sites to add features for user provided content
with a viral component to help spread the word.

- Josh Viney

On 12/1/06, Palmer, Eric <epalmer at richmond.edu> wrote:
>
> If you are interested in an open source portable forum platform check
> out
>
> http://www.phpbb.com/
>
> Probably not as full featured as communityserver.org but also not .net
> based and free.
> ----------------------
> Eric F. Palmer, CIPP
> IS - Director of Web Services
> Jepson Hall Web Services Office
> University of Richmond, VA 23173
> 804.287.6591 Office
> 804.405.7404 Cell
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
> Miguel Gonzalez
> Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 11:51 AM
> To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Community Engine for Own Web Site?
>
> I don't think that Internet Forums are dying but anyway, some time ago I
> was looking for forums
> packages and I found this to be very powerful on all senses...
> http://communityserver.org/i/overview.aspx
>
> Google this...
> community forums software
>
> ...and you will many packages, many of those for free.
>
> Good luck.
>
> Miguel Gonzalez.
>
>
> --- Andrei Sedelnikov <usabilist at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > The internet forums / bulletin boards are dying. They actually were a
> > form of a limited community only having a discussion feature. Now the
> > "real" communities are coming everywhere with relations, blogs, maps
> > etc. Well one can easily create own community on the sites like Ning.
> >
> > But: what if I want to have the same thing, but on MyOwnDomain.com ?
> > In other words - are there "community engines" available? Googling on
> > this topic is difficult - these words are appearing in many contexts.
> >
> > --
> > Andrei Sedelnikov
> > http://usabilist.de/
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/
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> >
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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1 Dec 2006 - 12:42pm
Sara Summers
2006

Vanilla is a good one that I have really enjoyed using.
http://getvanilla.com/

Open source, well made, etc...

Sara Summers

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrei Sedelnikov" <usabilist at gmail.com>
To: <discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com>
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 10:39 AM
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Community Engine for Own Web Site?

> The internet forums / bulletin boards are dying. They actually were a
> form of a limited community only having a discussion feature. Now the
> "real" communities are coming everywhere with relations, blogs, maps
> etc. Well one can easily create own community on the sites like Ning.
>
> But: what if I want to have the same thing, but on MyOwnDomain.com ?
> In other words - are there "community engines" available? Googling on
> this topic is difficult - these words are appearing in many contexts.
>
> --
> Andrei Sedelnikov
> http://usabilist.de/
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/
> List Help .................. http://listhelp.ixda.org/
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>

1 Dec 2006 - 1:05pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Do any of these integrate email with their forums?
Meaning, someone can prefer to interact with the system with e-mail and
that interaction is mirrored for those that prefer a web interface?

-- dave

1 Dec 2006 - 1:34pm
Jack Skates
2006

I would check out http://www.drupal.org or http://www.joomla.org for a
community engine with discussion based functionality. They are both open
source and there are tons of add on modules that have been developed by
other people.

I have a very traditional online forum application I'm using (see
http://www.northbaysportriders.com ) and it's running on Invision Power
Board (see http://www.invisionpower.com ) which is pretty much the
traditional board you're describing, but it also has a lot of features. I
also created this site using it... http://www.uexcentral.com/forums/ (which
was really more of a proof of concept then anything else).

I think what's missing from all these products is the ability for people to
link to each other and the ability to create groups. I'm guessing with all
the interest in those features to promote "social networking" that all of
these products will be adding that in their next big release cycles. It's
actually not a very difficult technical problem so they just need to figure
out the integration points with their current apps.

Hope that helps.

Jack Skates

On 12/1/06 8:39 AM, "Andrei Sedelnikov" <usabilist at gmail.com> wrote:

> The internet forums / bulletin boards are dying. They actually were a
> form of a limited community only having a discussion feature. Now the
> "real" communities are coming everywhere with relations, blogs, maps
> etc. Well one can easily create own community on the sites like Ning.
>
> But: what if I want to have the same thing, but on MyOwnDomain.com ?
> In other words - are there "community engines" available? Googling on
> this topic is difficult - these words are appearing in many contexts.

4 Dec 2006 - 11:05pm
Cwodtke
2004

PublicSquare will allow this. We're launching in the next few days

www.publicsquarehq.com

c

Andrei Sedelnikov wrote:
>
> But: what if I want to have the same thing, but on MyOwnDomain.com ?
> In other words - are there "community engines" available? Googling on
> this topic is difficult - these words are appearing in many contexts.
>
>

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