Misago - Python and Django Forum

rafalp

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From my own experience I know that only problem with Python is deployment. Its preatty easy to find affordable hosting that'll run Misago, but problem is how.

Unlike PHP where you simply upload stuff in directory and it works, Python has no right way to run apps, and that makes it pretty challenging for folk used to PHP to run its apps.

Having said that, I don't find it problem at all. I love python and I want to support it. Its biggest problem is ecosystem devoid of complete solutions. There are 1232 libraries for anything, lots of awesome web frameworks but there's no forum or blog or wiki software that compares to PHP software.

Having said that, with every month I find less liking for forum software available to me. I have some forums that run OS and some that run paid solutions. I would like to create my own toolkit for running forums, Misago will be core part of that toolkit.
 

rafalp

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And it's time for bump as Misago has hit 0.3 today introducing following features:

Forum Search - either via pure-python library (Whoosh), Solr, Elasticsearch or Xapian

Posts Reports - its now possible for members to report posts they find offensive to moderation team. Reporting system covers both forums and private threads.

More extensibility - Misago now supports template hooks that allows plugins to inject their own HTML into templates as well as modify variables used in template rendering.


Other changes are redesigned forums and threads lists as well as changes in primary navigation + smaller and bigger stability improvements.

Announcement is available here:
http://misago-project.org/thread/misago-03-milestone-reached-149/#post-331
 

Greg

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What's the best way to get familiar with the code base and start contributing in small ways with little Python experience?
 

rafalp

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I would probably start with Django tutorial: https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/1.5/intro/tutorial01/

If you know basis of Python and know how to talk with database via Django's ORM, you should'nt have problem with understanding most of API's in Misago, and if you do, there's always dev forum to ask about it. :)
 
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Alex.

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It looks way better than when you first started out! It's a cross between XenForo, Vanilla and the Stack Overflow site, right? I wonder if you could refactor the code to input options to make it also a good Q&A platform.
 

rafalp

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No, its forum software build following current paradigms in web design. I didn't look at either of sites you've mentioned designing it. :)
 

lordi

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forum software with python, really nice, I should try this, thanx and congratulation
 

aomtealfox

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First impressions look good actually! I'm clueless about coding languages, does the choice of having gone Python prevent it from playing nicely with PHP-based CMS' ?
 

rafalp

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I belive that "glue scripts" used to bridge two softwares together that are so common in PHP world have no place in today web.

Instead Misago will ultimately provide API that will relieve site owners from need for glue scripts. If you talk to it from PHP, JavaScript, Ruby or even C, its your choice.
 

aomtealfox

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Cool sounds easy enough and API does sound great. Will flag this up with my CMS community.
 
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Alex.

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Not related to your script, but you just answered a dilemma I was having. Misago looks incredible now. Don't change the red to anything else. It's the perfect shade for a stock skin.
 

rafalp

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Misago forums return after week long downtime with 0.4 develop code that brings fixes to some annoying crashes and new hosting provider that should ensure better workings of site.

http://misago-project.org
 

aomtealfox

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Yes the timing of that downtime was horrible :) - I was presenting forum alternatives to a bunch of CMS developers to point it out as a great example of how things should evolve! Was stuck with only Discourse but no Misago to show where Misago shines above and beyond!
 

aomtealfox

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Yeah, I've let them know its back online and still worth a look. The project is very promising indeed! I just hope it will progress quickly.
 

GTB

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I'm impressed with what you've achieved creating Misago, and doing it on your own as well, shows you have a real talent and probably should be working for a major forum company looking at what you've done. Read the post by Kasper also, which speaks volumes really, says it all.
 

Casmic

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I'm impressed with what you've achieved creating Misago, and doing it on your own as well, shows you have a real talent and probably should be working for a major forum company looking at what you've done. Read the post by Kasper also, which speaks volumes really, says it all.
That's like saying "You're a good chef - you should work for the local McDonalds." There are a lot of good forum systems out there, but if you want to make something new you have to build it on your own. The other people you hire to help you with it are just there to develop your idea and help handle customers and their issues. That's why most companies fail when their founder bails, or at least lose all semblance of innovation.
 
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