Topic: [ANN] El Dorado - an open-source forum in Rails
I'm pleased to report that I got my pet project - El Dorado - finished up enough (when is anything ever truly finished?) to launch last weekend. So far, things are looking pretty good. I successfully imported an existing PunBB database from the forum I had running, and I also grabbed all of the user-uploaded files, etc. The resulting database has around 35k rows, and it's been up and running without any major problems for a week now. The best part is that my "loyal user base" - of 15 people or so - has found little to complain about so far. Rejoice!
You can check the live app out, and you can also checkout (as in 'svn co') the app if you're interested in playing around with it. Since I created this app to replace an existing site, you'll notice right away that there's some obvious stuff missing - in particular, there's no way to create new forums. I suppose I'll do that when somebody says to me "hey, Trevor, how do you make a new forum with this stupid thing?" But, until that day...
My weblog and support forum: http://almosteffortless.com
I understand that some of you RailsForum.com folk are working on their own project, but perhaps you'll be able to pick something interested up out of this one. The importing rake task is somewhat ugly, but it gets the job done and is certainly worth checking out. I'm fairly happy with the cached_fields stuff I'm doing for tracking the latest posts, etc. Anyway, if and when you guys publish your code, I'll be all over it, since I know there are areas in this app that could have been done better.
I don't intend for this app to be a simple "rails replacement for punbb," which I should make clear. I think of it more as an app for running a "community site," meaning I'd like to add more major features, which you can glean from the future enhancements list I linked to above.
I'd absolutely love to get some feedback about this. It's very easy to download and get up and running, simply have a look at the README file. Patches more than welcome.
Last edited by trevorturk (2007-08-04 11:23:05)