Can xenForo be setup to create "child" sub-threads when posting a response? So that the comment INDENTS? It seems that, by default the post that we RESPOND TO gets "quoted" but there is no indentation - everything stay's in a flat "parent" list.
Have any of the xenForo checked out Coursera? https://www.coursera.org/
I love how clean their Discussion Forum design is. I'd like to emulate the Cousera Forum design in xenForo.
I think this Wikipedia page on Forum Software is confusing "automatic Quotes" with "Threaded." And if xenForo was capable of threaded formatting, we would see EXAMPLES of it. Unless we're really MISSING something here?
OK, we will wait for the response from xenForo tech support humans.
So Brogan, do you understand what level of custom development would be required to change the thread layout? Is this potentially a few hours of work? Or a few DAYS of work? Is this "easy" or is it something that might be very difficult to pull off?
True, but some of our forums can get long winded and replying to a comment a couple pages back with out quotes leaves people confused. Our Economics forum comes to mind. Some of the threads there are 20 pages long.
I'm looking for a threaded forum similar in function to Drupal forum.module but without the need for CMS. If you would like to see the forum.module in action ZeroHedge is using it.
Other than that xenForo looks really nice, has a clean interface and appears to be easy to manage.
We're going to purchase XenForo, install it on our dedicated server and bridge it with MediaWiki. Using this for teaching online college classes based on a customized MediaWiki website. I'm sure XF will get the job done.
One of the 'gold standards' of online eduction Forum apps is Coursera. They often have 25k - 50,000+ (!) users in single class, so their forums have hundreds of thousands of posts in a given class. The way Coursera Forums are designed, with threaded responses spun off as a separate conversation, really works great for this scale. Even in my own humble classes (with only HUNDREDS of students in a given term) we want to keep the Forum interface as clean, clutter free and SIMPLE as possible. We're sure XF can be tweaked to look and feel great for our classes.
OK, here we go. See 'yall in the licensed user support area!
My gut feeling is I believe XF will work out nice for our needs. The first step will be to integrate it into my website skin, setup single login bridged from MediaWiki into XF. To be honest, I'm not sure we really "need" indented sub-threads. The most IMPORTANT thing is that students actually USE this tool, and to make it easy for them.
With our very talented coders and developers, and the XF tech support and 3rd party developers, I bet XenForo could be made to exactly replicate any other forum design (like Coursera). But that will be 'icing on the cake refinement.'
Honestly, even asking these questions on the XF Pre-sales forum area has been a pleasure. The XF interface is slick and nimble. And exploring the "Admin" area shows how deep and customizable the system is.
We're excited to get XenForo integrated into our classes.