Web based solution for managing discussion forum groups and community interest
groups. Discussion forums is a place for discussions of topics of interest
to the company user community. Forums are extremely popular for providing
a way to air the users' views, collaborative ideas, and to get people interested
in using the community online functions.
An open source project to develop a component-based Forum package. The components in the package can be used for a number of different kinds
of Forums, including:
- Public forums, where postings can be from
- Private forums, where users must be logged
in to post
- Moderated forums, where messages are reviewed and approved by a moderator
before being posted to the forum.
Online discussion groups, or forums, allow geographically distant participants
to share ideas. The discussion forum enhances teamwork and discussion groups. Use the eForum to manage community interest groups, enhance interactivity,
increase traffic, develop customer loyalty, and increase site value.
Through forums, project managers can manage
feedback or project discussions, and can
display interactive Q&A tools.
The intent is that it can be used for feeding
With messages stored in a database, and classified
by topic, it is capable of building
a powerful knowledge base. This is
an ideal project to tie into the Search Engine
component to quickly find information need
by searching by keywords, topics, titles,
authors’ names, descriptions and other criteria.
All the functions listed here are available in eForum.
Allows you to build an unlimited number of
forums. You can produce a single forum, or
a different forum for each department, target
audience, topic or product.
The Forum components support Groups, Threads
within Groups, and Messages within a Thread.
Groups can also have multipurpose "attributes"
assigned, so that custom types of groups
can be supported.
The discussion forum enhances teamwork and discussion groups through threaded
discussion. A thread is arranging message links or message contents in
a tree-like structure to reflect post/reply relationship..
- Allows users to subscribe to groups of interest and view messages by visiting
the domain, or email delivery of messgages posted.
- llows users to participate in the Forum by posting messages in a given
thread and reply to messages
- Allows users to list all categories of messages and see how many messages
are in each category
- Allows users to list all the messages in a given category and see how many
replies there are to each message
- Allows users to list the replies to a particular message
- Allows users to be informed about which member has posted a message or
replied to a message
- Allows you to create, update and delete forums.
- Set or modify moderation rights
- Enables message structure of forums, i.e.
- Allows ordering, moving and sort messages
- Modify topic headings
- Edit content
- Administer whether to verify messages before
placing them online
- and perform other administrative functions.
Facilitates complete control over published
content by allowing moderation of a forum.
If desired defined moderators can verify
messages before placing them online.
Forum displays a page showing all messages
awaiting verification in all forums.
Expresso Security Management
By using the underlying Expresso Framework
layer, you can create user groups and allocate
them specific task rights. A range of access
rights enables you to distribute forum-related
tasks to a high degree of specificity.
Entire groups of users can be collectively
enabled or excluded from viewing or participating
in specific forums or groups of forums. Open
your forums to a global audience, or limit
access to specific user groups.
Email interaction (e.g. posting to the forum
and forwarding from the forum to email addresses)
Flexible Message Management
Easily move messages from one topic to another,
gaining flexibility and precision in the
display of information.
Advanced Search Capability
Ties into the Search Engine component. Search
messages by date range, title, author, keywords,
topics. Searches are fast and on target,
and result in a manageable list of relevant
Rich Content Support - future enhancement
Forum messages can display attachments in a variety of media – .pdf, .jpeg,
image, video, audio and much more. Messages can be supported by documents
and multimedia files, making professional discussions more efficient and
The user interface can be servlets, JSP or
applet/application, as required for the specific forum use. The persistance mechanism (e.g. the way the
forum stores it's information) is also configurable,
with an example implementation using any
The eForum components are designed to either be embedded into a larger
application (such as the Apache JetSpeed project) or used as a standalone
Forum product. For more information, please see the installation notes.
We would welcome your involvement on this
project. We invite you to join our community of developers
if you feel you are ready for it and wish
to give a hand and contribute back to the
group at large and to benefit. Here is an idea of where we are headed if you view this mockup. To get involved inproduct development efforts,
email us for more information.