Chatterbox => Extraneous exchanges => Topic started by: Martin X. Moleski, SJ on December 19, 2018, 06:29:32 AM

Title: Adding new features to the Forum?
Post by: Martin X. Moleski, SJ on December 19, 2018, 06:29:32 AM
Quote from: A TIGHAR member=topic=2045.msg42869#msg42869 date=1545187873

Hi Martin, I know little about 'Forum App Software', was just thinking that maybe the underlying "TIGHAR" forum software, probably a 'package' from a third-party developer (very few 'forums' write their own) might have some currently unused options that could be activated by the TIGHAR admins. Probably not available, or too costly.

Right.  If you look at the bottom of every page of the Forum, you will see a little notice that identifies the version of Simple Machine Forums that we are using, with links to the website the provides the software under an open-source license (SMF 2.0.15 | SMF © 2017, Simple Machines).  The only thing that I did to adapt it to this website was to modify a skin with the TIGHAR logo and a custom menu tailored to our website.

I have written or edited code in ASM, BASIC, Pascal (Turbo & Delphi), C, C++, javascript, and PHP.  I can fuss with HTML and CSS.  I've tried my hand at hacking the core of various and sundry open-source packages.  I had fun working on some extensions for a content-management system once upon a time.  I have some idea of what it takes to add a feature to a system, either natively or through plug-ins.  "Once burned, twice wary"--and I've burned my fingers more than once.  I'm a slow learner, but I do learn eventually. 

One of the early versions of the KISS slogan was found in the Curtis Aircraft plant in Buffalo: "Keep It Super-Simple."  Your suggestion is entirely within the realm of possibility.  It could be done.  But if it ain't broke, I'm not inclined to fix it. 

Now everything changes if the suggestion comes from the top down.  The Board owns this website, and if they want something done, I will either do it myself, if I can, or resign in favor of someone who is more competent than I am. 
Title: Re: Adding new features to the Forum?
Post by: Ric Gillespie on December 19, 2018, 08:30:37 AM
We appreciate all suggestions on how we can improve the Forum but we see no need to make changes at this time.  The TIGHAR Board of Directors is deeply appreciative of Marty's expertise and dedication in maintaining this vital research tool.