• Nodebb is rather amazing. So much to love...

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q="I am planning on using NodeBB as a full node platform"

    This query shows me 3 pages where the same comment appears in Google. I'm not sure how to handle this and would prefer that the forum thread is indexed separately and not as part of the article.

    While I love a lot about nodebb, I'd prefer that either (a) there would be a comment box which would be made and would take a user to the forum thread, or (b) an option to "join the discussion" would be a link leading the user from the article to the forum thread.

    Second - Is there a setting on nodebb to make the forum home standard. I feel like the Pinterest like home page is probably what a standard forum would look like to a crack addict on ritalin. 🙂 Doesn't do it for me, can't easily scan a page for simple information.

    What are your thoughts? Thank you.


  • Okie, lots of questions, from the top. You could set up the robots to disallow /user/. That would stop it indexing the profiles. The other two are trickier. As you can't ask a crawler to only crawl bits and pieces. And since that comment has been on the homepage for a week, it's going to get indexed. 🙂

    This plugin? https://www.npmjs.org/package/nodebb-plugin-blog-comments

    As for the classic homepage, there's a few options, psychobunnys classic homepage plugin, which allows you to keep lavender, @Tanner made a classic theme with classicy things in it (recommended because I helped slightly).

    My thoughts are currently about having a nice cup of coffee. 👍

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    I feel like the Pinterest like home page is probably what a standard forum would look like to a crack addict on ritalin.

    LOL guess who designed that one. I tend to prefer killing two birds with one stone and powder up my ritalin and shoot it with crack at the same time

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    @a_5mith said:

    My thoughts are currently about having a nice cup of coffee.

    Blasphemy, tea is where it's at.

    But adding /user/* to the robots.txt would certainly help.

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    You get a royalty for product placement?


  • @julian said:

    @a_5mith said:

    My thoughts are currently about having a nice cup of coffee.

    Blasphemy, tea is where it's at.

    But adding /user/* to the robots.txt would certainly help.

    Tea in a Tim Hortons COFFEE cup. I hear so many people in Canada rave about Tim Hortons. We get stuck with Costa, Nero & Starbucks. The last one being a business version of beelzebub.


  • @a_5mith - Thanks for the response and taking my comments in the fun, spirited manner intended regarding the interface. 🙂

    The SEO portion is a challenge. It's actually more difficult than the three pages:

    https://community.nodebb.org/topic/2304/zero-second-downtime/2

    Google will be indexing the entire forum portion and part of the post on these two pages. A snippet from the post isn't a big deal. But having the entire forum thread/topic duplicated on the post creates a duplicate content situation that is very suboptimal. And as you put it, there is no way to nonindex or robots block a portion of the page. This is one issue that I think needs to be addressed in some manner, perhaps having just a teaster opener of 1 reply from the forum at most. The alternative is to reply and have that post added to the thread where the user is taken. A third option is just to have a link that says "discuss in the forum" with a hyperlink of the thread name.

    As to the front page... oh... it's really tough to look at. Imagine if you have 30 categories and a bunch of subcategories. It becomes completely unmanageable at that point. I'll have to take a look at the options but a really simple, conventional forumhome would be so highly beneficial.


  • @hinky No worries man, need a bit of a sense of humour every now and then. Should be pretty easy to do, would require a few changes to the plugin, but definitely plausible. It's @psychobunny's plugin, so I'll leave that portion up to him. It's being reworked at some point. Or so he's told me, so I'm sure the improvements will be worth it.

    I've not seen how sub cats are being handled in the themes yet.

    There's a theme in production here by @Tanner who's disappeared, but that could be what you're after when it's released. I actually quite like Lavender. There's nothing worse than using a table format from 13 years ago, because it's what everyone else did then. In the perfect world. I'd like a theme that mimics Google Plus, even though Google Plus is a bit, rubbish. The actual design of it is top notch.

    EDIT: I think I just described 80% of Googles services with that last sentence.

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    @a_5mith I haven't disappeared 😮


  • @Tanner said:

    @a_5mith I haven't disappeared 😮

    @Tanner last

    posted in NodeBB Plugins 7 days ago

    anything more than about 12 hours is considered AWOL. 😆

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    I'm moving back into the city so I've been gaming and moving things around in my apartment. I'll be back, I swear! 😄


  • @Tanner said:

    I'm moving back into the city so I've been gaming and moving things around in my apartment. I'll be back, I swear! 😄

    My other half bought the collectors edition of the Sims 4 earlier. I'm now banned from the gaming PC unless she's at work. 😆👎

    Least my productivity might rise, I made a plugin earlier, not released it yet. 👀


  • @a_5mith said:

    There's a theme in production here by @Tanner who's disappeared, but that could be what you're after when it's released. I actually quite like Lavender. There's nothing worse than using a table format from 13 years ago, because it's what everyone else did then. In the perfect world. I'd like a theme that mimics Google Plus, even though Google Plus is a bit, rubbish. The actual design of it is top notch.

    Actually I'm a huge fan of "it it ain't broke, don't fix it." 🙂 IMHO, the table look works incredibly well because it's very easy to find what you're seeking. While Lavender is nice aesthetically, it will turn off many new visitors, especially those with shorter attention spans who will not find quickly what they wish and may be annoyed trying to scan the page, scrolling down and taking an eternity to do so. It works well for pinterest because it's meant to be a random gallery of eye candy. It doesn't work well for text-based applications unless they are very simple. I really like @Tanner's approach even though it's a little dizzying. 🙂

    @psychobunny's plugin is awesome. It's really a phenomenal bridge for Wordpress. My only reservation is just the SEO portion, which is very important. But that is the easy part as the heavy lifting has already been done. Really great work - I'm very impressed.


  • "If it ain't broke don't fix it" is boring, if we all did that, we'd never have got nodebb, tesla road cars, googles autonomous vehicle, smartphones, gigabit internet, LED lightbulbs that are more energy efficient than energy saving bulbs. The list goes on, innovation is a part of progression, if we didn't innovate, we'd still be riding about on donkeys and washing our clothes with a mangle rather than the latest washing machine.

    I happen to dispise the table view, but that's the genius thing about NBB, if you don't like an aspect, change it. Simples, also I was talking about this plugin from bunny
    https://github.com/psychobunny/nodebb-plugin-classic-home

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    Yeah. We need to have an "SEO Expert" (tm) have a look at what we're doing and make sure we're on track. Other than that as @a_5mith alluded earlier we've made everything so modular that I would imagine anything we need to change won't take THAT much work to accomplish.

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