The future of Nodebb



  • agree on the plugin front, i know progress is needed and sometimes breakage can't be avoided, but breaking plugins multiple times a year is a good way to never develop a healthy plugin ecosystem



  • honestly I was wondering the same. the forum software is excellent. it loads faster, lightweight, uses node not something old as php, but it's so annoying to build the nodebb whenever you change some settings. plugins don't work, rebuilding/restart required to change the theme.


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    @paopevil said in The future of Nodebb:

    Because plugin is bad.

    What does this mean? Plugins are optional, just don't use them and "ta da". Totally stable and screaming fast.


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    @paopevil said in The future of Nodebb:

    Admin will continue to develop Nodebb in the future?

    It's been in constant development for half of a decade. It's constantly supported and updates have never stopped coming. Asking this question like this sounds like you are trying to imply something for which there is no reason to do so. Of course it will keep getting developed, there has never been the slightest thing to make anyone question the continuous development of the product.

    I've been on NodeBB since the .2 or .3 release, releases are constant, support is great, updates are frequent. After so much time, it's not really appropriate to ask them to validate that they will support in the future... they've proven themselves far beyond any company statement could ever make. Plus this is open source, so that provides protection for development as well.


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    @paopevil said in The future of Nodebb:

    At present, Nodebb worse than discourse on the number of users and stability.

    I don't believe that this is true at all. Nothing against Discource, an excellent product and project, for sure. But you are making a statement about NodeBB that I feel you won't be able to back up. Based on what are you making this claim? As someone who has been running NodeBB in production since 2014, more than five years, the scale and stability of NodeBB are unbelieveable. If you are having issues with scaling or stability, I think you might be conflating operational mistakes with platform issues. If NodeBB actually had stability or scaling issues, the giant sites running it would likely have noticed by now.


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    @AOKP said in The future of Nodebb:

    However, its not impossible (check the tutorial section) to get ads running and let it NodeBB run as any other forum software.

    We run ads on it on ML and have no issues. We don't add any code, either, not even a plug in. We do it out of the box, which is often best for performance and stability.


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    @AOKP said in The future of Nodebb:

    The ecosystem isn't that good, however, with some basic knowledge you can easily fix broken plugins and adjust them the way you need.

    And it is really important to understand that a bad plugin ecosystem is not based on the product. Android has a far worse software ecosystem than iOS, but you just have to be more selective when installing apps. Windows has a garbage ecosystem compared to Linux for software, it just means you can't install willy nilly without considering what you are installing. It doesn't imply that Android or Windows are bad, just that they are platforms on which people are more likely to make bad products (but doesn't imply that good ones aren't there, too.)


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    @Wojciech-Lisik said in The future of Nodebb:

    And (tbh) looking into repo's commit history I can see that there is more than one active directions..... in other words - it seems that each & every dev with push right has its own strategy how NodeBB shoul develop......
    Slowly it starts to be as in proverb: if something is for everything, it is for nothing..... sad as NodeBB has enormous potential waiting to be unveiled.

    Where are you seeing this? I've been using the platform a long time and have seen nothing of this. NodeBB is the opposite that you are describing... it is very focused and does very little and functionality extension is left to end users to build via plugins. You can complain that the core doesn't do enough for your liking, sure. But you are complaining about the opposite.

    I feel as though maybe you've never actually seen NodeBB in use?


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    @Atayz said in The future of Nodebb:

    @juan-g said in The future of Nodebb:

    @atayz said in The future of Nodebb:

    a multi-language search(non-roman alphabet)?

    Apache Solr search supports a large number of languages.
    Excellent NodeBB's Solr integration by Julian: nodebb-plugin-solr.

    Sadly, solr doesn't work for me 😩

    Technically like it doesn't "work"? Or the search "works" but doesn't meet your need?


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    @Badde-Liyanage-Don-Dilanga said in The future of Nodebb:

    honestly I was wondering the same. the forum software is excellent. it loads faster, lightweight, uses node not something old as php, but it's so annoying to build the nodebb whenever you change some settings. plugins don't work, rebuilding/restart required to change the theme.

    Those things aren't idea. But honestly, how often are you changing a theme? That's the kind of thing that we'd assume would be, like every few years perhaps? Live theme changes would be nice, I agree. But very low priority kind of stuff. I'd prefer just about anything get prioritized over that.


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