Slice and Dice: bringing NodeBB back to Basics


  • I think if cutting these features allows for a refocus onto embedding GIFs without it being so difficult, improving the settings feature to allow for more authorization customization, and making the upvote feature easier, etc. then yes it's a great idea. Nodebb is a very modern forum but the chat and other features definitely feels like scope-creep.

  • Community Rep

    Hmmm..... A few thoughts:

    • I never enable sounds and know few who do. Maybe ignorant of the feature? I personally don't want the interruptions when I am in the zone working on something else.

    • Multiple Composers: I will miss these as I find myself using them useful. Or will I? Hope you stick to your plan for replacement functionality.

    • Modal Chat: Surprisingly, I find myself using this from time to time as well, particularly when wearing admin/mod hat. But still not all that frequently. Nice feature that I will occasionally miss. I understand the need for maintainable software, so no worries.

    • Animated GIFS? WTF? Who/Why... This is the new millennia, after all, and has been for a couple decades now. Oh, ads? I wonder about APNG as a more modern replacement. I am not too graphics savvy. Whatever, I find such distracting unless used judicially, which is rare, and tweak my browser not to display them.

    • Please gimme native asciidoc support. I find Markdown gets in my way for anything beyond the trivial, whereas Asciidoc is just as easy but sports a lot more power if/when you need it. Why limit hobble your site authors/contributors?

    Well, there ya' go. My $0.02. I think you have gained some wisdom on this journey as the feature parity tick list moves to the back seat. Do what YOU do best and screw the rest. Observe, learn, maybe even borrow a bit? Yeah. But do not be bullied into some kind of meaningless competition that matters to few in the real.

    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Peace ✌

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    @gotwf for what it's worth, if you don't like Markdown you aren't tied to Markdown... You could always swap in an ASCIIdoc parser 😉

  • Community Rep

    @julian Indubitably. Sure be nice to have it native in core though. 👍

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    NodeBB doesn't actually ship with any parsers in core. We bundle Markdown and it's enabled on all installs, but my original point was anyone can make an ASCIIdoc parser and replace Markdown, that's all 🙂

  • Community Rep

    @julian Alrighty then. You know I am systems person, brain dead on the dev side and too old to learn any new tricks... 😜

    I've not even looked under the hood of NodeBB cuz it does what I need real well right out of the box, sans my Asciidoc quibble.

    But mainly, I hope you found my Ralph Waldo Emerson quote inspiring and apropos. Rock on, NodeBB! 🎸

  • Community Rep

    I should clarify that by "core" I actually meant core supported modules/functionalities packaged and supported as part of the base release. Poor choice of wording on my part. I am happy a camper. This would be icing on the cake for me.

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    @gotwf It looks like AsciiDoc is something closer to a superset of Markdown, which can be more powerful in the right hands.

    I will put plainly that the reason why Markdown was chosen was due to its simplicity and ease of use. I considered it an adequate balance between that and its potential to be an expressive markup language.

    I will admit there are shortcomings, especially if you want to do some more esoteric formatting things like text alignment, colours, and so on, but that would be where AsciiDoc would shine, I think 😄

    Definitely worth supporting as the Markdown plugin itself is actually quite straightforward.

  • Community Rep

    @julian Thanks for the consideration Julian. I elaborated in the Ascii Native thread but here's a couple links:

    Thanks again for being open minded enough to at least investigate this. I dont' write very complex documents. I have used both. For all but the most basic of usage, Markdown gets in my way. Asciidoc gets out of my way. Trial both for a week and weigh in w/your assessment. I am unable think of any one I know who as actually used both and prefers markdown.

    But hey, to reiterate, this would be icing on the cake for me. 🍰

  • Community Rep

    Alright. Okay. I know what I said before. But there is one other thing. Drum roll, please.... 🥁

    The visitor and use graph on the Admin landing page is useful to me. Some nice presets that cover most everything I'd be interested in. But I do find myself oft times pining for an hourly X-Axis spanning more days, e.g. 72 hour axis scaled in one hour increments.

    Damn. This is a slimline the cruft and tech debt announcement and I've now added two feature requests. Mea culpa!

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

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