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    julianJ

    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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    shoqS

    I am continually frustrated that the "Chat" link in right sidebar shows me only latest chats, when I actually want the full chat interface page. An "all" link would fix this easily enough.!2024-04-05_11h13_07.png

  • Found a bug? Why not make a bug report here?
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    barisB

    Created an issue https://github.com/NodeBB/NodeBB/issues/12474

  • Focused discussion related to ActivityPub integration in NodeBB

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    julianJ

    @[email protected] Yes, I think that's what @oplik0 and I ended up agreeing on. If we normalize all incoming requests so that any requests containing a full object on a different domain is just reduced down to its id, then you'd safeguard yourself from most edge cases. Applying FEP-8b32 would be handy to save yourself a few network calls but is optional.

    The cost is you might have to make a couple extra calls, but it's probably worth it in order to keep the logic simple, predictable, and easily auditable.

  • Help Translate NodeBB
  • Npm app setup could not read config

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    barisB

    could-not-read-config

    That error is thrown in meta.js

    list: function (callback) { db.getObject('config', function (err, config) { if(err) { return callback(new Error('could-not-read-config')); }

    Which means something went wrong with the database. Is redis running?

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  • Steps following install

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    I did a very quick wiki page on Administrator Functions. I realize this is really somewhere between user help and development. The value added might be in (1) explaining some of the features where its needed or helpful (I made a few NOTEs), and (2) linking out from that page to other more technical pages that are managed in ACP. Can't necessarily expect an Administrator to be a developer but also want to give them a heads up whats there and how its all connected.

    Very rough still - If you would prefer different formatting let me know.

    Totally missed this.

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    thanks for doing this @KTys!

  • Seo

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    julianJ

    is NodeBB "rendering-and-writing" the "ajaxified" pages for the crawlers to read?

    @bentael -- no way, I made the decision early on not to do this because it is a drain on resources (how much, I did not test, as the alternatives were enticing enough)

    Every link on NodeBB is accessible by direct link, and if you try viewing the source, you'll see the page content in <noscript> tags. I have heard arguments for and against this approach, but as we are being crawled properly by Google, it seems to be working just fine 🙂

    Always open to suggestions for improvements, of course!

    This is also the approach that Discourse has taken, btw.

  • How do i install NodeBB

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    MatthewHawleyM

    @StuartH Well £ means nothing to me. All we use is $.

  • My site goes off

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    SteveS

    or run node app --setup again and configure it. In general you would need to run NodeBB via sudo to gain access to port 80, and if you have something else listening to port 80 (ex. apache) this will not work. I know that @OutlawedOffroad recently managed to figure this out! 🙂

    Here's the thread with my back and forth battle with this.. I'm on CentOS 6.4 so your miles may vary:
    http://try.nodebb.org/topic/282/might-as-well-add-another-cog-to-my-plan-im-on-cent-os-64

    Still a work in progress. We fixed the issue then uncovered additional issues.. Once we complete it all and everything is aces I'm going to ask server support for a rundown of what they did since a lot of trial and error. Hopefully populate that Wiki link that goes nowhere with some info.

  • Adding another social authentication method

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    nanoVaporN

    @julian Yes, first time publishing to npm, and everything gone right. It's in npm repo already 🙂

    And I tested using npm install on my nodebb directory.

  • Spanish translation finished

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    I made a Spanish translation for NodeBB, i dont know how to uplaod it to my server to test it.

    If anyone want it, just ask.

    And if anybody can help me to install it to test it before release, please chat me or reply above.

  • Few questions before install

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    Have a look at this pull request to add german language pack:
    https://github.com/designcreateplay/NodeBB/pull/607

    If you're interested, you could do it for spanish as well, that would be pretty cool 🙂

    And as I said on the other thread, DigitalOcean is supported, check out the guide 🙂

    I have the files to translate it. When i get i will upload

  • Asset base manager

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    youtube plugin to the rescue!

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  • Showing a snippet of the content in a topic

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    Okay 255. Let's be unique here...

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  • Pagination now has a progress bar

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    I did it, but didn't change a thing.

    Then, it magicaly appears yesterday.

    Thanks anyway ^_^

  • Topic plugin hooks or if first post

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    barisB

    Ahh looks like it's already there just doesn't return error 😛 I will add that now.

  • Can i thinktreat catalog as a tag

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    julianJ

    Hooray for forward-thinking 🙂

    Initially, we kicked around the idea of supporting multiple categories per topic (so, more like a "tagging" approach, as opposed to categories).

    In the end, we felt that having a "middle-ground" between statically defined categories and user-defined tags was not a proper compromise (since it ended up not being greater than the sum of its parts), so we stuck with static categories.

    A tagging plugin can be built, of course........

  • Google and indexing

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    Error 400 (Bad Request)!!1

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    I just posted that question on SO to flamebait Jeff Atwood 😉 Just kidding

    Yes we figured it out, as per the link above, we are showing up on the discussions tab on Google now 🙂 Not sure if discourse has yet...

    https://www.google.ca/search?q="Welcome+to+meta.discourse.org"&tbm=dsc

    I don't think so..

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  • Onehundredfreebooks custom theme

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    Congratulations to http://community.onehundredfreebooks.com - our very first customer for our premium hosting platform (which just entered closed Beta).

    We created a custom theme for him as well! 🙂 We're pretty excited to see this forum grow~

  • Woo new milestone

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    julianJ

    Thanks @quahfamili! Glad to put a marker on it, even if development is always continuous 🙂