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Comment:Added initial version of www/forum.wiki document and a link to it from the front page.
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User & Date: wyoung 2018-08-08 17:21:14
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2018-08-08
18:17
Fix the backoffice processes on unix so that they close file descriptors 0, 1, and 2 and reopen them on /dev/null, so as not to interfere with parent processes in any way. Restore the default of backoffice-nodelay back to off. Remove the /test-backoffice-lease webpage, which did not work correctly. check-in: c09b2512 user: drh tags: trunk
17:21
Added initial version of www/forum.wiki document and a link to it from the front page. check-in: 4ed14b1f user: wyoung tags: trunk
16:20
If the "fds" query parameter is provided, then the /test-backoffice-lease webpage shows the open file descriptors. check-in: 918e1ddd user: drh tags: trunk
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<title>Fossil Forums</title>

<h2>Introduction</h2>

As of Fossil 2.7, Fossil includes a built-in discussion forum feature.

Any project complex enough to be managed by Fossil can probably benefit
from having a discussion forum. Even if your project has a discussion
forum already, there are further benefits that stem from using Fossil's
built-in forum feature:

  *  Third-party discussion forum and mailing list software tends to be
     difficult to install, set up, and administer.  Fossil Forums aim to
     be as close to zero-configuration as is practical.

  *  Posts are stored in the Fossil repository using the same
     [./fileformat.wiki | block chain technology] that Fossil uses to
     store your check-ins, wiki documents, etc. Posts sync to clone
     repositories in a tamper-proof fashion.

  *  Because of Fossil's [./delta_format.wiki | delta compression
     technology], discussions add little space to the size of a cloned
     repository. Ten years of the SQLite project's discussions —
     averaging 2 or 3 dozen posts per day — compress down to just
     35&nbsp;MB of space in a Fossil Forums repository.

  *  Fossil Forums use [https://sqlite.org/fts3.html | SQLite's powerful
     FTS4 full-text search engine]. If your project currently uses a
     mailing list for discussions, this means you are no longer reliant
     upon third-party mailing list archive services to provide a useful
     search engine for your discussions.

  *  Because Fossil is a [./concepts.wiki | distributed version control
     system], project members can search your forum archive while
     disconnected from the network where the central Fossil instance
     runs. Your past discussions are potentially just as valuable as a
     wiki document or checkin comment: there is no good reason why you
     should have to wait to get back on the Internet or back to the
     office before you can search for past posts.

  *  Because forum posts are normal Fossil artifacts, you can interlink
     them with other Fossil artifacts using short internal links: link
     to forum threads from a [./tickets.wiki | ticket], link to a wiki
     document from a forum post, etc. These links are internal and
     managed by Fossil itself, so links never become invalid simply
     because your third-party forum software or mailing list search
     engine changed its URL scheme.

  *  Forum permissions use the same role-based access control mechanism
     as Fossil itself.
     
  *  Since Fossil has an [./fileformat.wiki | open and well-documented
     file format], your discussion archives are truly that:
     <em>archives</em>. You are no longer dependent on a third-party
     piece of software or service sticking around. Should you choose to
     stop using Fossil, you can easily extract your discussion traffic
     for transfer to another system.

  *  Posts can be marked up using Fossil's existing [/md_rules |
     Markdown] and [/wiki_rules | Wiki] markup languages. No longer must
     you choose to restrict your discussion forums to plain text only
     (good for security) or to allow HTML-formatted MIME email (good for
     complex discussions). Fossil Forums provide <em>enough</em>
     formatting without giving up security.


<h2>Setting up a Fossil Forum</h2>

<h3>Permissions</h3>

Fossil forums use the same role-based access control mechanism as
for normal Fossil repository logins.

There are several dedicated permsissions for forums:

  *  <b>Read</b>: The user may read forum posts
  *  <b>Write</b>: The user may create new forum threads and reply to
     existing threads. New posts are held for moderation.
  *  <b>Write Trusted</b>: Same as <b>Write</b>, but posts are inserted
     into the block chain immediately without being held for moderation.
  *  <b>Moderate</b>: User gets buttons on posts which allow them to
     either delete or approve posts held for moderation. User also gets
     access to a page (<tt>/modreq</tt>) showing the list of pending
     moderation tasks.
  *  <b>Administer</b>: User can grant <b>Write Trusted</b> permission
     to another user, or revoke it. (Currently unimplemented.)


<h3>Single Sign-On</h3>

If you choose to host your discussion forums within the same repository
as your other Fossil-managed content, you inherently have a single
sign-on system. Contrast a mailing list or a third-party forum system,
where you either end up with two seaprate user tables and permission
sets, or you must go to significant effort to integrate the two login
systems.

You may instead choose to host your forums in a separate repository from
your other assets, as may be done for a public project where very few of
those participating in the forum have special permissions for assets
managed by Fossil for the project itself.

Or, you may split the difference, hosting the forum in a separate
repository from the other assets yet use Fossil's login groups feature
to get single sign-on for both repositories.  You might choose to do
this to remove the forum traffic from the size of the main respository's
clones, for example.


<h3>Email Notification</h3>

See [./emaildesign.md | the email notification design document] for now.
More administration-oriented documentation TODO.



<h2>Moderation</h2>

TODO


<h2>Troubleshooting</h2>

TODO

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</ul>
<img src="fossil3.gif" align="center">
</div>

<p>Fossil is a simple, high-reliability, distributed software configuration
management system with these advanced features:

  1.  <b>Integrated Bug Tracking, Wiki, and Technotes</b> -
      In addition to doing [./concepts.wiki | distributed version control]
      like Git and Mercurial,
      Fossil also supports [./bugtheory.wiki | bug tracking],

      [./wikitheory.wiki | wiki], and [./event.wiki | technotes].

  2.  <b>Built-in Web Interface</b> -
      Fossil has a built-in,
      [https://fossil-scm.org/skins/index.html | themeable],
      and intuitive [./webui.wiki | web interface]
      with a rich variety of information pages
      ([./webpage-ex.md|examples]) promoting situational awareness.







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</ul>
<img src="fossil3.gif" align="center">
</div>

<p>Fossil is a simple, high-reliability, distributed software configuration
management system with these advanced features:

  1.  <b>Integrated Bug Tracking, Wiki, Forum, and Technotes</b> -
      In addition to doing [./concepts.wiki | distributed version control]
      like Git and Mercurial,
      Fossil also supports [./bugtheory.wiki | bug tracking],
      [./wikitheory.wiki | wiki], [./forum.wiki | forum], and
      [./event.wiki | technotes].

  2.  <b>Built-in Web Interface</b> -
      Fossil has a built-in,
      [https://fossil-scm.org/skins/index.html | themeable],
      and intuitive [./webui.wiki | web interface]
      with a rich variety of information pages
      ([./webpage-ex.md|examples]) promoting situational awareness.