Some questions :)


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    Hi! Is this software free? Because Ive seen some prices on your main website. And can I have something like Resource Manager with NodeBB ?


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    Yes, 100% free. It is licensed under the GPLv3.


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    @Atrexian said in Some questions 🙂:

    Because Ive seen some prices on your main website.

    Yes, those are pricing for hosting services, not for the software. If you want to hire someone to host a forum for you, that is not free. If you just want the software and plan to run it yourself, then it is completely free.

    If you are not familiar with running NodeJS applications and aren't looking to learn how to, then it would be recommended to purchase hosting, for sure. If you are comfortable running your own, I suspect that the majority of users use the free version and host it themselves.


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    @scottalanmiller I have VPS so can I run it for free on it ?


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    @Atrexian said in Some questions 🙂:

    And can I have something like Resource Manager with NodeBB ?

    What's "resource manager"? There is a common software application called that that is part of Windows, but would not make sense in this context, so I'm afraid I do not know what you are asking.

    NodeBB is a NodeJS application. So you can monitor it in any way that you would normally monitor an application on your OS of choice.


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    @Atrexian said in Some questions 🙂:

    @scottalanmiller I have VPS so can I run it for free on it ?

    Yes, absolutely.


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    @scottalanmiller I wanna add some page to my forum where can I upload resources and users can download them


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    @Atrexian said in Some questions 🙂:

    @scottalanmiller I wanna add some page to my forum where can I upload resources and users can download them

    Okay, you can do that in the forum itself, or just make a static page that's separate that people use. Lots of options.



  • i never hosted nodebb, but i had experience hosting discourse in the past... long story, still TK ( cregox.net/discourse ).

    to answer the question from another perspective: nodebb ain't really free, imho. no forum tool is. but it gets very close to it. it even does offer a truly free experience (with hosting) to selected open source projects "in need". it shouldn't be too hard to get in it if you have any need of it at all!

    also, to be honest, the only real reason to even get a forum today is if you're using reddit, twitter and/or facebook properly, or even if you're hardcore and are on scuttlebutt or mastodon, and those are not enough to move on your communication within your community. the social media today is the big reason why most forums are a thing of the past.

    or (now to question the mods, without using the interrogation format), if you, like me, is a complete geek looking for nice tools for whatever, including tweaking them just for fun! 😁 heck, i even made a little business out of this (back in the days, with discourse), but making money out of it wasn't really the point, ever.

    wished there was a free hosting for that... 😘


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    @cregox said in Some questions 🙂:

    also, to be honest, the only real reason to even get a forum today is if you're using reddit, twitter and/or facebook properly,

    None of those have serious forum engines, though. They are big, but they are big because the promote noise, not communications.


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    @cregox said in Some questions 🙂:

    to answer the question from another perspective: nodebb ain't really free, imho.

    "Not free" implies that you have to pay for it. Which is 100% untrue. It's free, in every conceivable way. This is a fact, it's absolute. There is no artefact of it that isn't free.


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    Indeed! I'd also like to know what @cregox wants from NodeBB that currently isn't free.

    If he's looking for one-on-one expertise or custom dev, I'm afraid I have some bad news for him, because you'll never get that for free 😄


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    @julian said in Some questions 🙂:

    If he's looking for one-on-one expertise or custom dev, I'm afraid I have some bad news for him, because you'll never get that for free

    It's also not part of the product. I've found that people often misunderstand "free". I had non-IT friends who once claimed that giving someone "free food" wasn't really "free" because it wasn't chewed and swallowed for them. So needing to put for the effort made it not free.

    But obviously, this is bonkers. Maybe you don't even want to eat the food. The ownership of it, the item itself, is what is free. The food, in their example, is free, truly free, the moment it is given to you. You own it, and nothing was paid. That's what free means.

    "Eating the food" or "operating a website" or "running a company using a product" are totally different things than "food", "software" or "product."

    Like if I give you a free lightbulb, it's free. The electricity to use it in the expected way might not be free, but that's the effort and electricity that isn't free, not the lightbulb. People often confuse one item with another, or a verb used on a noun with the noun itself.


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    @cregox That would be like saying that it's not free because you have to pay for the electricity for the server, the internet connection, etc. NodeBB is really free that's a fact, but hosting and manage a server is not. However, the two things are quite different but also dependent on each other. Let's not confuse everything.


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    @Per0x said in Some questions 🙂:

    @cregox That would be like saying that it's not free because you have to pay for the electricity for the server, the internet connection, etc. NodeBB is really free that's a fact, but hosting and manage a server is not. However, the two things are quite different but also dependent on each other. Let's not confuse everything.

    Exactly.



  • wow, sounds like an echo chamber there!

    you don't need to agree with my definition of what freedom means. "free" is very subjective.


    this post deleted, restored and now edited to make sense of 2 quick replies in the middle.

    i deleted this in less than 10 seconds after posting because i pressed the wrong button and the was a lot still to write.


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    Have mercy! 🎣 🐳 🐋 🌅 😱


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    Free is subjective? It's really not. The truth isn't a sliding scale.



  • wow, sounds like an echo chamber there! have i wrote something so wrong?

    you don't need to agree with my choice for what freedom means. "free" is very subjective, there's no one definition that "makes it free" from people choosing different ones! 😁

    or my definition of forum that i used there.

    the op was expecting something else, perhaps i helped him (and other people with the same intent) to answer a bit more of their question.

    for sure i bothered you guys, surprisingly. sorry. really didn't mean to.

    if it wasn't clear, yes, i meant free for using online as a free service, like those similar tools and a few more, without any expertise or financial investment needed.

    there are many amazing free services online, like the ones i've mentioned (why nobody commented on scuttlebutt?), and many different models on how to make it free, like wikipedia and the late github (you know, before microsoft put their dirty hands on it)...

    i find it really hard to do any analogies with any kind of offline product. they break too fast.

    anyway... i probably should be going to sleep now.

    cheers! 😘


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    @cregox said in Some questions 🙂:

    wow, sounds like an echo chamber there! have i wrote something so wrong?

    Yes, claiming something free is not, is just plainly dishonest.

    Looking at your old posts, you also make claims to disparage NodeBB like claiming it to be a fork of Discourse, which is not true. You consistently only post here to promote other products, and it seems that false claims seem to be the pattern.

    NodeBB is free, it's that simple. Nothing about it isn't free. Trying to defame it by claiming that "free isn't free" is going to create some ire.


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