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Some progress updates for EasyDiscuss 4.0 and goodies up for grabs

Some progress updates for EasyDiscuss 4.0 and goodies up for grabs

It's been a while since I posted a blog post and many of you were curious as to what the team and I have been working on. It also has been a while since we released a major release of EasyDiscuss and I guess it is time for me to share with you guys some of the items that we are working on (progress report!)


History Of EasyDiscuss

A little history of EasyDiscuss and how it all came about. In the early days, we were using phpBB as our forums and the available integrations with Joomla at that point of time was practically useless. We had to write a lot hacks on phpBB and when a new update was out for phpBB, it was our nightmare because we had to port all these hacks on the newer version. There were no good alternatives at that point of time and we gave up.

While we were using EasyBlog (This blog) and SectionEx (for our FAQ), the team had a very funky idea and thought of combining both SectionEx and EasyBlog to build a new support system. This is where the journey begins. Codes were mashed-up and combined and formed into EasyDiscuss :)

 

EasyDiscuss 4.0

As a result from the massive code mashup of SectionEx and EasyBlog, it was a pain in the *ss to maintain. Maintaining it is no longer a nightmare, adding any new features to it is almost like triggering a time bomb. Therefore, in EasyDiscuss 4.0, the team refactored almost 100% of the underlying codebase. In the eyes of users like yourself, this does not mean or benefit you in any way (unless you are a developer like me of course). In the long run, the code would be more manage-able and adding new features / customizing the system should be a breeze.

 

New Email Editor

We have been getting tons of request on how one should edit the email templates. In this release, we have added an email editor which allows you to edit email templates easily from the back end. This email editor also automatically saves the contents on the correct template override folder so you don't have to worry about template files being overwritten!

 

 

Unified Toolbar

We have been finding ways to unify the toolbar across all our extensions and with this initiative, our designers came up with a brand new way to present the toolbar. This toolbar will be spread across all our extensions :)

 

New Wireframe Theme (Bootstrap 3)

EasyDiscuss 3.x was built around Bootstrap 2 and it is ancient! We have now added a base theme called "wireframe" which rides on Twitter Bootstrap 3 but we have made modifications to it so that it doesn't look like a boring stock Bootstrap 3 template. I am glad to announce that we now have a base framework theme across all our extensions.

 

Improved Administration

Managing with EasyDiscuss 3.x feels old. In fact it felt too dull and boring. With the new and improved administration interface, all our extensions are now sharing the same DNA :) I love the new and improved back end interface, what do you think?

 

Greater Forums View

b2ap3_thumbnail_listings.png As EasyDiscuss is being adapted in more community / hobby / support sites, we have now added a new forums view. This view is pretty similar to what you see on our forums with the exception that it looks and works better :)

 

More Autoposting Places

With EasyDiscuss 4.0, we also added 4 additional new auto posting places. These new additions brings a huge possibility in automation. These 4 new auto posting places are:

  • LinkedIn
  • Telegram Bots
  • Slack
  • Wunderlist

Whenever someone creates a new discussion on the site, EasyDiscuss will be able to automatically post to these places

 

Gist Integrations

You can now create gist snippets on the fly! Gone are the days where you have to create a snippet on Gist and then place the embed codes in EasyDiscuss. You just need to use the gist "icon" that is on the toolbar and you are good to go!

 

Amazon S3 Support

b2ap3_thumbnail_amazon.png Yep, this is one of my most favorite feature of all time. EasyDiscuss 4.0 allows you to store attachments on the forums on remote storage like Amazon S3. By storing these attachments on a remote storage, you no longer need to worry about your disk space getting filled up! Yay to that!

 

Revamped Conversations

We have been toying with lots of ideas with conversations on both EasySocial and EasyDiscuss. We have finally taken the step now to do this with EasyDiscuss. The revamp of the conversation would give a fresh touch to boring conversation systems.

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User Banning

We also received numerous feedback about having the ability to ban users for a specific period of time for any reasons at all. With EasyDiscuss 4.0, this is made possible and as a site admin or a moderator, you can now ban users :)

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Smaller Javascript Footprint and 300% Speed Improvements!

Our main priority in EasyDiscuss 4.0 is to optimize our sql queries since we have refactored the entire code base. With EasyDiscuss 4.0, we are extremely proud of the overall speed improvements. We have now a separate table used to keep a cache of the posts to avoid running heavy and expensive sql queries.

We have also removed the Foundry framework altogether. EasyDiscuss now runs on requireJS and jQuery. That's just the tip of the iceberg. With EasyDiscuss 4.0, you can also configure it to include / exclude jQuery (Should your site already have jQuery in place).

The most notice-able difference is that it now only loads a single javascript file and the file has a much smaller footprint (with gzip compression enabled)

These features above are just the tip of the iceberg as there are a whole load more of other features but we'll probably go into details in the stable release.

 

When can I get EasyDiscuss 4.0?

As always, we never disclose the exact dates but expect an alpha release soon :)

 


Discounts and discounts...

b2ap3_thumbnail_crazy-sales.pngWhile I was juggling between support and the development of EasyDiscuss 4, we received a lot of feedback from our customers about running a promotion. I was initially reluctant because if you come to think of it, our extensions also comes with our awesome support! But after having lots of conversation with our customers, I admit defeat and since this is the start of the year, I will be throwing a 20% discount for ALL of our product bundles.





Wait! It doesn't just stop there, it also comes with a FREE Joomla template of your choice when you purchase our Social Bundle. You have a choice to choose from either the spanking awesome Wanderers or Elegant template. Kindly email us via support@stackideas.com to receive your FREE template after the purchase of Social Bundle.

Apart from the bundle discounts, I have decided to slash 30% off for ALL single purchases, renewals or even upgrades.

 

NUTSABOUTCODE

 

P/S: We have exciting line-ups and introduction later this month, so please do keep visiting our blogs more often :) Something awesome is being developed!

 

Comments (86)

Super excited about ED 4.0 (I'm always excited about any sort of Stackideas release lol).

I have two questions:

1. The new conversation layout look amazing, it's a must. Do you plan on using it for ES and EB as well? Will this unified when using multiple Stackidea extensions?

2. The new forum layout is great, but I truly love the current ED3 front page layout with the different ajaxed filters. Will this stay? The current ED3 frontpage layout really makes it easy to check for latest post,...

Super excited about ED 4.0 (I'm always excited about any sort of Stackideas release lol).

I have two questions:

1. The new conversation layout look amazing, it's a must. Do you plan on using it for ES and EB as well? Will this unified when using multiple Stackidea extensions?

2. The new forum layout is great, but I truly love the current ED3 front page layout with the different ajaxed filters. Will this stay? The current ED3 frontpage layout really makes it easy to check for latest post, unanswered post and so on, without having to reload the page.

Thanks for all that you do with your extension! :)

B.

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  1.    Benoit Gonneville Damme

Hey Benoit,

Thanks :)

1. Yes but in a different way :) EasySocial is having a major make over right now.

2. Some of the filters would stay, and if you noticed from the screen shot, we have a "recent" link in the toolbar. This will bring up recent posts on the site and it will have some filters / sorting available as well.

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  1.    Mark

Mark I am in the middle of a huge template overhaul of ES 1.4 -- I am all for redoing it to keep the code updated... but just how drastic of a make over are we talking from the ES template perspective? Great work with ED4, can't wait for its release! :)

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  1.    Joshua Lammi

Joshua,

I am not in a position to give you any promises right now but I am holding back against revamping the entire HTML structure.

There could be some minor / major changes as we need to update our layout (Bootstrap 4 is coming too!) We might eventually scrap bootstrap altogether because the upgrade flow is extremely tedious

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I look forward to EasyDiscuss 4.0 and testing when it is available. It looks awesome. :D

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  1.    Randall McCallum

Thanks Randall :)

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This promotion what day end?

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  1.    Adrian

Next week :)

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Very promising ! :)

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Mark,
Would we be able to use EasyDiscuss as a website support tool similar to Stackideas? Can our users posts be private so we can use it as a support ticket system? With the merge of SectionEx will we be able to create an FAQ and Knowlege Base page?

Looking forward to EasyDiscuss 4. I really like how all the design language is being used in all the products. It we nice for the users to jump from each component and the look and feel are all the same.

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  1.    Aaron P

Aaron,

With the current version of EasyDiscuss, it already has "private posts". This allows users to create private tickets similar to what we have on our support tool :)

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Le me is super hyped! O.O

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  1.    Sabih

Haha, hope you liked what you see ;)

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Hi Mark !
Does EasyDiscuss 4.0 will be integrated with EasySocial groups ? Like EasyBlog 5.
Thank you

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  1.    Philippe

Great news Mark, i am very excited to see the alpha release !
i join pakitao for groups integration as easyblog :)

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  1.    Philippe

We are considering that :)

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  1.    Mark

Some day I will end up purchasing ED.
Group integration would definitely accelerate this purchase ;)

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  1.    Mark

Thank you Mark !

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Well done for this fantastic job, Stackideas is the NUMBER 1 of joomla components! ;);););)

In fact it would be fantastic to get something similar as:
http://stackideas.com/forums

FINALLY EASYDISCUSS COULD BECOME A REAL FORUM ENGINE!!! no need to use Kunena anymore :)

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  1.    Jux

Thank you for the kind compliments :)

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Everything is awesome~ ;)

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Yea... I agree with Benoit, Jan & Pakitao...Let's finally see some integration between EasyDiscuss and EasySocial Groups!

Mark. Any chance of this at all?

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OK... We've just renewed our subscription... We don't need the update right now but I'm happy to show my support by renewing!

So... how about it Mark... ED & ES integration? ;)

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  1.    Christopher caruk

We are still looking at the possibilities of this :)

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Nice to see that you finally working on EasyDiscuss. I would like to see proper pagination for replies. Current version of ED is unable to handle posts with many replies well.

I regret that I've migrated Kunena Forum to ED few years back. Some topics have over 50 replies and the page of ED showing the topic takes ages to load and some topics fail to load completely not talking about usability.

I understand that ED takes a different approach to the forum an it is more like a Question /...

Nice to see that you finally working on EasyDiscuss. I would like to see proper pagination for replies. Current version of ED is unable to handle posts with many replies well.

I regret that I've migrated Kunena Forum to ED few years back. Some topics have over 50 replies and the page of ED showing the topic takes ages to load and some topics fail to load completely not talking about usability.

I understand that ED takes a different approach to the forum an it is more like a Question / Answer platform, however the potential to become proper Joomla Forum is there and Iam glad you invest time in making it better.

Please include an option to switch to normal pagination on replies.
Enable Q & A switch ON / OFF per category.

David

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  1.    David

Hey David,

Yes, proper pagination for replies are being added into EasyDiscuss 4.0 as we speak :) We have learnt a lot while developing EasySocial and we are bringing back everything that we learnt into EasyDiscuss.

Cheers!

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Maybe a little late for new suggestions but I like to share some thoughts and maybe one of them might be helpful one day. :)

For me the comment system inside the stream of EasySocial is great. Showing only the last x comments i.e. and if the user likes he can open up all comments. I would prefer this system over a pagination at EasyDiscuss. I think this would be a great thing to maintain the structure of having only one link for each thread without having an endless scroll to reach the end....

Maybe a little late for new suggestions but I like to share some thoughts and maybe one of them might be helpful one day. :)

For me the comment system inside the stream of EasySocial is great. Showing only the last x comments i.e. and if the user likes he can open up all comments. I would prefer this system over a pagination at EasyDiscuss. I think this would be a great thing to maintain the structure of having only one link for each thread without having an endless scroll to reach the end. I totally agree with you having an url with /page-1 // /page-2 and so on is bad.

Maybe something like:

- Threadstarting post
- post looking layout with content: "Click to open all posts"
- latest post x
- latest post y
...

But at last I am sure you will make the best of it. ;)

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  1.    Sabih

Thanks Sabih, i appreciate your feedback! :)

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Great news!

If ED4 will same or similar forum as on Stackideas (new forum), it's definitely a step in the right direction.

Only two comments:

1) Registered users here can send anonymous posts and topics? (As in Kunena). When forum works as technical support, this is not necessary. But we have a forum where it's important. Registered readers here write about family problems, about health problems etc. And they want posts to write anonymously. Also is not allowed to post messages for...

Great news!

If ED4 will same or similar forum as on Stackideas (new forum), it's definitely a step in the right direction.

Only two comments:

1) Registered users here can send anonymous posts and topics? (As in Kunena). When forum works as technical support, this is not necessary. But we have a forum where it's important. Registered readers here write about family problems, about health problems etc. And they want posts to write anonymously. Also is not allowed to post messages for unregistered users. More here in forum

2) If ED4 the same as new forum on Stackideas, so here is on fronpage this layout: Categories and recent posts in this category. This is great, much better than the current ED. But there is an option in the admin settings choose a different layout: Categories and all subcategories (without recent posts)?

I look forward to a new ED4 :-)

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  1.    Jan

Jan,

1. Yep, we are considering the option to post anonymously but it will / should still be viewable by the administrator :) More like a "Proxy person".

2. Yes, you can configure which links are enabled on the toolbar. The current "Index" view will be renamed to "Recent" which is what it actually is.

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Great news and it looks AWESOME! Well done guys. ;)

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  1.    Andrew Gous

Thanks Andrew :)

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Looking great. Finally it is going to look like what I was hoping for. Definitely going to renew my membership :)

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  1.    Ewoud

Thanks Ewoud, don't wait too long 'cause our sales is for a limited only! ;)

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  1.    Sylvie

Renewed just now. So now I am sitting and waiting for the alpha release :D

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  1.    Ewoud

Thank you for your support Ewoud :) I believe you will fall in love with EasyDiscuss 4!

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Awesome news Mark!

Although we have not utilized ED I just renewed it anyways to support you guys and I'm curious with the new features :D I hope the ability to edit email template will also be implemented on EasySocial in the future.

Thanks,

Jackson

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  1.    LAC Webadmin

Thanks Jackson :) Appreciate it very much! Yes, email template editing will be arriving in all our extensions. We actually learnt a lot while refactoring EasyDiscuss :)

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Hope mobile view (responsiveness) will be restyled in the new release,
actually on the Support forums the mobile view is not so great :p

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Mark, I gave up on ED. It was the original reason that I purchased Stack Ideas products several years ago and I was very hopeful for it to be a superior option to Kunena which has lost its way. Unfortunately ED never developed into a real forum so I just wasted a lot of money and more importantly time, in trying to get it to work like a forum for a couple of years. I finally couldn't justify renewing yet again when pretty much zero progress had been made. Until you have some actual front...

Mark, I gave up on ED. It was the original reason that I purchased Stack Ideas products several years ago and I was very hopeful for it to be a superior option to Kunena which has lost its way. Unfortunately ED never developed into a real forum so I just wasted a lot of money and more importantly time, in trying to get it to work like a forum for a couple of years. I finally couldn't justify renewing yet again when pretty much zero progress had been made. Until you have some actual front end moderation tools, it won't be a legitimate forum. At a bare minimum moderators need to be able to merge posts into different topics and move topics into different forums/categories. It is important that moderation tools are done with a moderator level permission from the front end because in a busy forum, moderators need to do this stuff on the fly. Not login to the Joomla Administrator. I'll save any further comments/suggestions until these are included because until then it is just a waste of time.

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  1.    Paul

Not sure how old your experience is but ED offers moderation tools. I admit they are not perfect yet but moving threads and merging is possible from the frontend for moderators. Moving single posts out of one thread into different threads is not possible yet as far as I know.

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  1.    Sabih

@Sabih so how could it be taken seriously if you can't move/merge a post? 15+ years ago I could move/merge a single or select a group of individual posts to merge into another thread on several different forum software options both paid and free. 2016 and ED is several years old. This is a glaring and realistically, inexcusable omission for paid forum software. ED is a Q&A app being sold as a forum. It is ill conceived. Do a forum. Do a Q&A app. They are not the same thing. Do them...

@Sabih so how could it be taken seriously if you can't move/merge a post? 15+ years ago I could move/merge a single or select a group of individual posts to merge into another thread on several different forum software options both paid and free. 2016 and ED is several years old. This is a glaring and realistically, inexcusable omission for paid forum software. ED is a Q&A app being sold as a forum. It is ill conceived. Do a forum. Do a Q&A app. They are not the same thing. Do them well and give them the attention they deserve from conception through development and support - or it is just a waste of time.

So I get excited about a new ED. Maybe I even pay for it again. Then what? ES and EB take priority again for 2 years before ED starts getting some love again? A native Joomla forum would be great. Kunena is basically the only option short of a bridge. None of the other options can be taken seriously. But Kunena went off the rails in version 4 and I don't see that ship ever getting righted. ED has the most potential because it is from the best Joomla publisher but it has been a big failure in my opinion. Do it right or don't do it, in my opinion. If SI is not going to give it the required attention then maybe open source it as a sponsor and let other developers get involved to provide something for the Joomla community to have a future with.

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This is an awesome extension for Joomla. I wish this was available for our WordPress clients, too.

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  1.    Mike Mayleben

Thanks Mike! :)

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We Need A Weekly Digest PLEASE! No social site is complete without one. It is the single greatest mechanism for bringing people back to the site.

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  1.    Kane

+9999999999999999 for digest, its very useful to bring back the membres !

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  1.    Kane

Hi Kane
A weekly digest Im interested to know what that is?

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  1.    Kane

Hello everyone who ask about the weekly digest,

We already have the weekly digest in the current EasyDiscuss (http://screencast.com/t/pw0ugqflMIa) .
The dev are currently in the process of improving it :)

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Looking for to the release!

What date and time does the promotion end? cheers Pete

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  1.    Peter Ashford

Hi Peter,

Probably somewhere around next week? Don't wait too long! ;)

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We are looking forward to ED4. Grest job and support so far ...

Are you including discussion archival?

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  1.    VENIT Solutions

Thanks :) We don't actually have plans for this yet right now but once the alpha package is available, we'll see what can be done!

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Will there be editable scripts we can use for the award of badges?

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Just a thought.
You guys are also working on a payment system for ES.
Then have different privileges for different plans. i.e. forums.

Using your own site as an example and the ED support forum:

e.g. read rights for ED forum if not paid member.
e.g. write rights for ED forum if paid member.

etc

I am a case in point I would to be able to read some posts in the ED forum.
(As of now I do not have an ED subscription. Just EB, ES & Kommento)
This would help me take the plunge and buy yet...

Just a thought.
You guys are also working on a payment system for ES.
Then have different privileges for different plans. i.e. forums.

Using your own site as an example and the ED support forum:

e.g. read rights for ED forum if not paid member.
e.g. write rights for ED forum if paid member.

etc

I am a case in point I would to be able to read some posts in the ED forum.
(As of now I do not have an ED subscription. Just EB, ES & Kommento)
This would help me take the plunge and buy yet another of your amazing products.

Q.E.D. :p

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  1.    Paul Murray

+1 for Paul Murrays thought, the payment gateway should ideally go across all SI products ES/ED/EB

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  1.    Paul Murray

EasyDiscuss is already "compatible" with such structure as each category has these little permissions. What is lacking is only the possibility of linking with a payment gateway and the use of Joomla user groups which will be solved with EasySocial soon :)

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  1.    Mark

Will the payment system include payment with EasySocial points?

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I would appreciate if Easydiscuss would look like real forum. I like the design but am wondering if easy discuss will be able to serve as a Forum. Can easy discuss run as a big forum compare to Vbulletin. I dont want to use it as support ticket but as a forum.

Please also try and remove the bunch of names of easydiscuss from the source code.

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  1.    Felix

With 4.0, we have added a forums layout. It is still not exactly like how a conventional forum works but it's pretty similar :)

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@Garry, A weekly digest is a weekly email that lists all new discussions/replies, or in the case of a busy forum, the most popular ones.

@Shiyi, Yes it does... kind of. It is an opt in subscription. A digest really should be auto opt in with ability to opt out and configuration really should be admin side not user side. Also, for us that bundle ES/ED/EB, the digest should incorporate all components so there isn't overlap in notifications. I would actually pay money for this as a stand...

@Garry, A weekly digest is a weekly email that lists all new discussions/replies, or in the case of a busy forum, the most popular ones.

@Shiyi, Yes it does... kind of. It is an opt in subscription. A digest really should be auto opt in with ability to opt out and configuration really should be admin side not user side. Also, for us that bundle ES/ED/EB, the digest should incorporate all components so there isn't overlap in notifications. I would actually pay money for this as a stand alone component if it was fully featured. Again, there is no single greater mechanism for driving users back to a social site.

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  1.    Kane

Good idea Kane, I love the idea of a digest system and we'll see what we can do about this in ED 4.0. We often learn when we start working on new features and whatever that we learn during the process of building 4.0 will then be placed back into the next extension which we work on :)

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Hi Mark,

Thank you for your progress updates for EasyDiscuss 4.0. It sounds great -we are looking forward to get our hands on it.

I am pleased to see that LinkedIn has been add for auto posting. I hope it will work. In 2015 LinkedIn removed many different integration, including the one with our CRM.

I wish you all the best with the development of EasyDiscuss.

..Finn

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  1.    Finn Hyttel

Yes it will work with LinkedIn and company pages as well :)

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  1.    Mark

Hi Mark,

Thank you for your update on LinkedIn - It sounds great. :)

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I am curious about the new version. ;)

However, one question:
In ALL social networks (including Facebook) I am missing an icon for "answered" conversations.
There is an icon for "new" or "unread" messages, there is a tag for "read", for "deleted", but nothing for "answered".

I don´t understand why this is missing so often. Is this option maybe comming with the next release?

And one more thing about the "unified toolbar". It would be VERY nice to have a toolbar in a module that aligns with...

I am curious about the new version. ;)

However, one question:
In ALL social networks (including Facebook) I am missing an icon for "answered" conversations.
There is an icon for "new" or "unread" messages, there is a tag for "read", for "deleted", but nothing for "answered".

I don´t understand why this is missing so often. Is this option maybe comming with the next release?

And one more thing about the "unified toolbar". It would be VERY nice to have a toolbar in a module that aligns with the template. I am working on different websites and I usually use the "drop-down" as a toolbar, but it´s not optimal. For my opinion the toolbar should be on the top of the page, not under the main navigation. And there is neraly no way to add it at the top without massive changes to the templates.

Another possible way would be a floating side-tab. This way, the toolbar could be integrated in nearly every page without the need of aligning the template.

All the best, Julian!

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  1.    Julian

In ALL social networks (including Facebook) I am missing an icon for "answered" conversations.
There is an icon for "new" or "unread" messages, there is a tag for "read", for "deleted", but nothing for "answered".

Hm, there is actually a "Resolved" state in EasyDiscuss. Isn't this similar?


And one more thing about the "unified toolbar". It would be VERY nice to have a toolbar in a module that aligns with the template. I am working on different websites and I usually use the "drop-down" as...

In ALL social networks (including Facebook) I am missing an icon for "answered" conversations.
There is an icon for "new" or "unread" messages, there is a tag for "read", for "deleted", but nothing for "answered".

Hm, there is actually a "Resolved" state in EasyDiscuss. Isn't this similar?


And one more thing about the "unified toolbar". It would be VERY nice to have a toolbar in a module that aligns with the template. I am working on different websites and I usually use the "drop-down" as a toolbar, but it´s not optimal. For my opinion the toolbar should be on the top of the page, not under the main navigation. And there is neraly no way to add it at the top without massive changes to the templates.

Yes, I have to agree with this but the problem is toolbars shouldn't even exist in the first place! I always try to tell users to use menu's on the site rather than relying on the toolbar.

Having menus on your Joomla site in combination of a "notification" module would be the best :)

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  1.    Mark

Hi Mark,

Hm, there is actually a "Resolved" state in EasyDiscuss. Isn't this similar?


Nope.
I am not talking about discussions, I am talking about PMs.
;)

Yes, I have to agree with this but the problem is toolbars shouldn't even exist in the first place! I always try to tell users to use menu's on the site rather than relying on the toolbar.


That´s not realistic, as long as you create a toolbar.
But I wonder why you don´t create an "invisible" toolbar that is able to integrate in every...

Hi Mark,

Hm, there is actually a "Resolved" state in EasyDiscuss. Isn't this similar?


Nope.
I am not talking about discussions, I am talking about PMs.
;)

Yes, I have to agree with this but the problem is toolbars shouldn't even exist in the first place! I always try to tell users to use menu's on the site rather than relying on the toolbar.


That´s not realistic, as long as you create a toolbar.
But I wonder why you don´t create an "invisible" toolbar that is able to integrate in every template.

I already suggested it often:
Think about your notification-icons in combination with the user-menu as a drop-down-menu.
This way you could built a toolbar that can be easily installed on every template.

The main problem is:
The toolbar as a "bar" will always need space.
You could instead move it to the upper right corner, which is easy to integrate with a template, and have a really small toolbar there.

Like this:
http://www.images.nlp-deutschland.de/2016-03-10_0405.png

All the best, Julian!

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ED4 looks shiny ! If i may add a suggestion: please implement a modern ajax uploader for attachments. :p

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  1.    Mist

Thanks for the input on this Mist :) We'll try to enhance this in the future. We're running out of time right now :p

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Hi Folks, I enjoy to install ED 4 ! Will be compatible with Wanderers Template ? Need to update Wanderers or simply verify there is no template-overrides in the wanderers/html folder ?

:)

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  1.    Yann Anderson

It will work out of the box with Wanderers and Elegant template :)

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I think ED4 will be the next "best seller" joomla extension, good job guys !

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  1.    HMED

Thank you Jan :) I really hope so too!

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You will continue to support working with the 'enemy' Jomsocial, right? Just asking :-)

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  1.    Lynn Fredricks

Yep, we take this as an open competition :) Even EasyBlog integrates with their extension too.

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I was hesitating with Kunena and EasyDiscuss ,
if Easydiscuss will go more in a Forum behavior then I will choose this compoennt!;)

When do you release it?

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We don't have an ETA on the exact release date yet but stay tune to our blog for more updates :)

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Hi, Mark,

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Look forward to rollout of ED4! Would be great to have the following addressed, some of which have been suggested by others above and in the past -
1) Option for registered user to post anonymously;
2) AUP points awarded to user who posted accepted answer (rather than user who accepted answer);
3) Accepted answer left in proper chronological order in trail (historically managed as hacks instead);
4) Availability of preview pane; and
5) Plugin for OSMap

Many thanks!

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  1.    stackideas newbie

Hey there,

So sorry for the delay in this reply. Happy Lunar New Year to you too! We really appreciate your kind suggestions. Would you mind sending all of your suggestions here: http://stackideas.com/voices/easydiscuss please? This would be easier for our development team to refer. ;) Thank you!

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Hi Mark, please please please please please please please please add the cover's feature to discussions as easyblog with a module to show latest discussions with covers :)

for New lunar Year santa :)

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  1.    HMED
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  1.    HMED

That's great, thanks Jan! :)

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Hi,
I installed version 4.0.1_alpha2 and I have a problem.
The padlock image (Sign in to your account - If you are new here please register for an account) in the menu of the component does not allow me to register users.
Does not work.
In order to reply to a post, I can only access if I sign with the credentials of the Super User.
Mi scuso per il mio pessimo inglese.
Tutto il meglio, Franco!

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  1.    Franco

Hi Franco, would you mind sending your issues here: http://stackideas.com/issues/easydiscuss so our developers can have a look at it? Thanks! :)

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Hello Mark,

Can Vbulletin post (Thread) and reply Imported ? if yes then who will it be assigned to? Since easy discuss do not import user names from Vbulletin.

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  1.    Any

Hey there,

The migrator will first try to search the users from Joomla. If the user is not found, then the migrator will assign these posts as guest.

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