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    Occasionally, we will get asked whether there are any differences between our hosted service and the open source project.

    It is as though we are holding back some great features and only allowing our paying customers access them! Conversely, it could be assumed that because we are hosting the software for others, that we would somehow out of self-interest or for economic reasons, deliver an inferior version with limitations.

    I'd like to say upfront that this is not the case for NodeBB.

    When you use our hosted service, you receive the same great NodeBB software that you can get for free off of our GitHub repository.

    What we're selling is support, maintenance, upgrades, and peace of mind delivered by our world-class† support team.

    You definitely can host NodeBB on your own! We've strived for years to deliver a piece of software that runs lean and fast on minimal hardware, great docs (some contributed by other admins!) that help you get up to speed quickly, and a fantastic community that will help you if you get stuck.

    The reason I take this principled stand is simple — I think it's unfair when artificial limitations are placed on software just for the purpose of getting customers to pay more.

    We've seen all this time and time again:

    You can't install any plugin you want, just a select few from a small list You can only have X units (tickets, posts, etc) of whatever you're using You can only have X admins/owners You can't see any messages older than X days

    These limitations are all artificial, and serve to restrict the use of something to the bare minimum. Anything extra is — of course — available for the right price.

    We don't do that. We tell everybody that NodeBB is powerful enough to run huge communities, and we stand by it. We tell everybody that NodeBB is flexible enough to look and function however you want, and we stand by it.

    These are the real limitations we impose on our hosting service:

    Hard drive space for uploads are imposed by our upstream provider and are set, though we are happy to add additional drive volumes for a fee) We have soft "pageview" limits that any user on our hosting can exceed (in fact, many do). We set them purely as a benchmark for the point at which your NodeBB may slow down depending on the type of load that you get, and encourage dialogue to make sure that you're on the right plan (server resources, etc.) We do not allow shell access for security reasons (and if you needed it, you probably could self-host)

    So please do rest assured when I and others tell you that what you see is what you get. No more, no less. I'd rather everybody get to use the best of NodeBB, instead of serving a special feature-reduced version for others.

    † I'm going to go out on limb here and say that we're probably the most qualified people to maintain NodeBB. Feel free to disagree 😉

  • You have a cool idea about NodeBB? Post it here.

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    being able to see who voted for all the options openly would be nice (without additional clicks or extra panels)... I mean just like how facebook poll worked before they ruined it...

    arranged results in order of the number of votes it got, basically results will be sorted by popularity

    lastly, it should be OK to use decimals in the results 😄 right now, total percentage sum makes 99%.
    instead of 14% - 21% - 29% , I believe they should be 14.3%, 21.4%, 28.6%... so the total will be 100%

  • Found a bug? Why not make a bug report here?
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    @B-738 You'd have to take a look at the logs and find out. Could be the process got interrupted early but you'd have to look into the reason why.

  • Help Translate NodeBB
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    @crazycells I am not actually certain how it would work with a subfolder install. The way it currently works, a profile is found by querying the "webfinger" URL for that user. For example, for my account here, my user slug is julian and the domain portion is, and so when query that domain's webfinger endpoint it will show a link to my user profile.

    That's how the handle is "proven" to exist. So if you wanted to support your site (which is on a subfolder), you'd have to add an nginx or apache rule to route the .well-known/webfinger requests to NodeBB.

    I'm sure it's been done too actually, I am not sure if the Vivaldi or Opera guys were the ones.

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    @The-SkyFoxx thanks, I assumed so, but wanted to double check.

    because there is difference between going .../world and replying a post or going another nodebb website and replying without registering...

  • NodeBB 3.6.0 minimum NodeJS version.

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    Will downgrade sharp to 0.32.6 and release a new patch version since we received other reports of the sharp error.

  • NodeBB 3.6.0

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    thank you @baris updated.

  • NodeBB 3.5.0

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    @crazycells sure, if you're paying them, then the base expectation is they don't delete your stuff with no warning 😁

  • NodeBB receives NLNet NGI0 Core Grant

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    Mikkel LindhardM

    Well deserved - kudos!

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    Any, even small, corrections and adjustments in markup for SEO are an important part in the life of any community! I’m very glad that the development team is following current changes in this environment!

    Thank you! 💙

  • What's next after v3?

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    @julian said in What's next after v3?:

    @crazycells wait until TD decides to start sending SMS codes to your phone number.

    I use a VoIP number, I'll let you guess how that's going.

    Also... You're Canadian? 😅

    lol I can feel your pain. There are TD Bank branches in NY. However due to their lack of convenience, I had to close my checking account with them, but I still have a credit card.

    On a side note, I always use my real phone number with financial institutions, but use Google Voice number for anything else. Aren't VOIP numbers easier to hack?

  • NodeBB 3.4.0

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    @baris I suppose this is it, in profile setting these were not ticked:

    Watch Watch topics you create Watch topics that you reply to

    I've since enabled these - they appear to be the behaviour I assumed would occur - surely something like this would be default user settings?

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    I've opened up this can o'worms again, click below! 🙂

    Link Preview Image Timeline Navigator - "Fruit Machine" Concept

    The Fruit Machine I call it the fruit machine, it's a conceptual iteration of the timeline navigator I came up with during harmony themes development and re...


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  • Standardised language keys

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    @brazzerstop Thanks for reporting fixed in

  • Security Vulnerability Notifications

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    Additionally, a note about how our disclosures are reported.

    As outlined in our security policy, we maintain a bug bounty program. We use this as a central point of contact for reported vulnerabilities so that they do not get unintentionally exposed for exploit, and to keep better track of them over time.


    Included in that bug bounty page is a Hall of Fame, a list of users who have claimed credit for discovering bugs. It also provides a rough history of awarded bounties and vulnerabilities as well.

  • NodeBB 3.3.0

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    Now we have special settings for the notification of each chat, can you provide this feature for groups as well? that each user can set himself which group he is a member of to receive notifications?

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    I somehow got it to v3.3.5 now. Please do not ask how 😉 I'm thinking about reinstalling to start cleanly.

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    Lastly, keep in mind that sso-oauth is not deprecated, and will still be maintained. It's still a reference implementation for OAuth2 providers that follow the standard loosely. Also it happens to be the only OAuth 1 reference implementation.

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    @tankerkiller125 I too opt for /recent as I prefer to see all activity rather than categories

  • Introducing public group chats

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    @baris 👏 👏 👏 🔥

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    We recently received some inquiries about how long we will support 1.x and 2.x with security fixes.

    1.x will be supported for another 12 months up until August 2024 2.x will be supported for another 24 months up until August 2025

    We also released and containing some of the fixes from the 3.x line. If you are not able to upgrade to 3.x we encourage you to upgrade to these releases.

  • 2023 Roadmap Update

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    @phenomlab very true. A lot of talented people have done some surprisingly cool things with just the custom css panel.

  • NodeBB 3.2.0

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    @baris All good, after I ran some system updates, then did another build and this time, no error!