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Talkyard Roadmap 2018-11-26

By KajMagnus @KajMagnus2018-11-26 08:17:58.753Z2019-01-12 10:29:43.833Z

Here's what's next for Talkyard. Feedback & change suggestions are welcome; you can add a comment below.

If you compare with the previous roadmap you'll notice that things have taken longer than planned — and that's one reason why I'll focus on making it simpler for open source people, or maybe paid freelancers, to contribute to Talkyard and speed up development.

Now (within 2 weeks)

  • Done: Subscribe to categories. Then, can listen to conversations / questions related to to one's own team only, if each team = 1 category.

  • Done: Make blog comments hopefully work with all tacker blockers out there, e.g. iOS and Privacy Badger. (Via cookieless guest login, for embedded blog comments.)

Somewhat soon (1 month)

  • Doing now:   K8S, Docker Swarm, Traefik, Caddyserver friendliness. Making it simple to deploy custom changes to one's own server.

  • Make it simpler for people to build Talkyard and contribute features.

Later (3 months)

  • Custom groups, and inheriting one's groups settings. So you, if you're an admin, can configure settings for many people, at one place (i.e. their group settings). 3 weeks?

  • Fix onboarding problem: When a site owner logs in to his/her new site, it's often unclear to him/her what to do next. Add a UI tour that guides the new admin through the main important parts of the UI. Also, add a brief guide, for all new members, e.g. explain personal notifications, switching between the categories and the topics list, and searching for answers. 1 week?

  • Basic theming. User friendly way to edit colors and make one's Talkyard site look like a part of one's website. 1 week?

  • Q&A friendliness step 1: Expand the search field, so can just start typing, to search. Show search results in dropdown, so won't need to jump to results page. 1 week?

  • Configurable categories for blog-comments topics. (Needed for sites with both coments for blog posts, and a forum.)

  • Cooperating on drafts: Will notifications get sent, if moving a topic from an unlisted category, to a visible category, to "publish" it?

Even later

  • Q&A friendliness step 2: Auto search for answers, whilst typing a new question title. 1 week?

  • Invite friend button, in each topic. So people can quick-invite their friends and grow the community.

  • Sub categories. 2 weeks?

  • Re-implement tags: change to ids, so can be renamed. Sort by tags in topic list. 2 weeks?

  • Top navigation menu composer, and a hamburger dropdown menu, for items that don't fit on screen. And as forum title, optionally use an image / logo + Alt text [uolve]. 1 week?

  • Export site to JSON + uploaded images etc (so can migrate to one's own server). 2 weeks?

  • Import Disqus comments? import WordPress comments? (for people who use Talkyard for blog comments) 2 weeks?

  • WordPress blog comments plugin. 1 week?

  • Embedded forum categories. Blog comments can already be embedded in an iframe, and in some cases, it can be useful to embed a lst of topics in a certain category, too, on a page over at the main website. 2 weeks?

  • Assign topics to one or more people. (Issue tracker style.) 1 week?

  • Rich text WYSIWYG editor. Non-tech people think Markdown+preview is confusing. Use ProseMirror — it can switch between Markdown+preview and rich-text-WYSIWYG. The WYSIWYG probably be made available step by step: first a simple version that doesn't support @mentions, for example. 1 month?

  • Single Sign-On for embedded comments. (Single Sign-On for forum: Mostly done, the basic things work.) 2 weeks?

  • More API endpoints: On request.

  • Support file uploads to Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage. 2 weeks?

  • Email replies. So can be used as a mailing list. 3 weeks?

  • More granular notifications: Get notified if a problem gets solved / feature gets implemented — rather than about every comment posted.

  • Integrate with everything, via Zapier. So can get e.g. notifications to Slack. 2 weeks?

  • Icons that shows if one has a draft saved, for a certain post. And auto-show one's drafts, so one can just continue typing. 1 week?

  • Trust levels: Make the Trusted, Regular and Core Member trust levels work. Make the Unwanted vote have effect (those who post [comments that the staff and core members consider Unwanted] won't become Trusted members). 3 weeks?

  • Add NSFW image filter, use Google's Vision API? Integrate with Perspective API to detect toxic comments? 1 week?

  • LDAP, SAML, Okta etc login: 1 or 2 months? (need to replace the auth system, and can be tricky to setup automatic tests)

  • Optionally upvote topics directly in topic list, for those who want Reddit and HackerNews like communities. 2 weeks?

  • Optionally show reply text input box directly — that's more inviting, than having to click Reply first. 1 week?

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    @someburneraccount2018-11-30 22:22:12.187Z

    What about the 'upvoting' feature we had discussed before? I still think it's good to have it for better engagement and ranking the popularity of threads. Would seriously appreciate that as well as the implementation of "Rich text WYSIWYG editor". Also, any ideas on improving the sidebar? The current sidebar looks extremely dull and outdated. Better design with icons and more functionality would do extremely good in my opinion.
    Thanks Kaj!

    1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2018-12-01 09:02:33.744Z

      Ok I added back those (you'll see them just above your post). Yes I too think those can create more engagement, for some types of communities. (Works really well for Reddit at least :- )) At the same time, they should probably be optional. Maybe one don't want to create too much engagement, in a work place, for example :- ) (I mean, people visiting the company's forum, instead of ... working :- P hmm)

      I think the sidebar you linked in the screenshot, looks nice, and ... What makes it look nice? One thing could be that there's no vertical scrollbar, in the screenshot. The vertical scrollbar in Talykard, is the browser's built-in scrollbar, and it doesn't look super nice, it doesn't? But apart from that. Maybe, the screenshot looks nice, because of the a bit larger font? and more whitespace? And nice looking icons, hmm yes you mentioned icons. Maybe I could show the topic type icons, in the sidebar, too (if there's enough space). B.t.w. what's the name of the app where the screenshot is from?

      ... More functionality? What do you have in mind? :- ) Maybe that's something I have in mind to place in the right hand side bar. That's where you'll be able to see your starred topics, online users, etc. The left sidebar is instead for quick jumping between topics.

      1. IOlti N @Itlox2018-12-01 20:33:39.371Z2018-12-02 20:27:30.522Z

        You can move the infos from the right sidebar to the left one. One sidebar to rule them all.

        1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2018-12-03 04:35:49.862Z

          Actually I like having two sidebars. On laptop and desktop, makes ok use of the available space ... (Hmm, this actually makes me think about a layout for wide screens, where one has a column just to the right of [the topic one is reading], that lists other topics in the same category :- ) then one could super-quick-switch, between topics in the current category. And there could be a column that lists all categories, too. Super quick navigation, on wide screens. ... Maybe I can create a mockup. ... For power users only (would be disabled by default). )

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          S@someburneraccount2018-12-25 02:55:26.559Z

          Yeah, making it optional definitely sounds like a good idea. I can't remember where I got that sorry. But I'm sure there are many samples with a great sidebar design. I don't have clear ideas for better functionality, but one thing to improve is definitely the design. The ones you have outlined sounds good and having icons for each section would certainly make it look better. Right now, it just doesn't stand out and seems more like a waste of space if anything. Thanks!

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        In reply toKajMagnus:
        Mehmet Emre @DrAchernar2019-01-08 21:14:10.159Z

        I will use Talkyard for my a Volunteer platform project(
        I think we need a "Reset" script in scripts directory for all settings(terminal or UI),
        btw if we type wrong email on first step(different from play-framework config file) after installation, there is no way to correction and pass sign-up. coz need to reset DB, Im lookin for it, if is there any fix for these pls share.

        1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2019-01-10 10:11:57.870Z

          You've installed talkyard-prod-one as per the default instructions? Then your database files should be here: /opt/talkyard/data/rdb
          and you can just delete all files there, to "reset" the database. That is, delete the whole database. A new one will get created.

          Like so:

          sudo -i
          cd /opt/talkyard/
          docker-compose down  # stop Talkyard, takes maybe 15 seconds
          rm -fr data/search   # delete a search engine database
          rm -fr data/cache    # delete a Redis cache
          rm -fr data/uploads  # delete uploaded files
          rm -fr data/rdb      # delete database
          docker-compose up    # start Talkyard again. Will recreate the databases

          All your data will be lost; don't do this on the wrong server, or if there's any data you want to keep.

          Would you say you also need a way to restore all user interface (UI) settings to their original values? What's the reason for this? (you'll be experimenting, and want to undo all changes ... if I were to guess?)

          Can I ask, what will soft4earth be about?

          1. DMehmet Emre @DrAchernar2019-01-11 17:03:11.645Z

            sorry for my late answer, exam weeks im at last class on uni... anyway, thanks for your answer and this service. I installed as per the default instructions, But i saw that problem in my local server for testing it(first time tested), maybe u r right about I forgot something in steps.
            now your next questions; why we need to reset script for terminal or admin users on UI?? I thought about script that maybe someone need that way for it, maybe someone is not pro(like me :)) )
            about UI short-way reset button; for ex; I installed it my localhost and testing for different Q&A platform ideas, or adding some contents for looks like realistic, so shorty maybe need to reset settings often.
            and soft4earth; I wanted to create a Q&A and touch platform for tech-volunteers, idea pools, example projects, investors who can support nonprofit projects and teams etc.etc...
            but not about everything in tech, ONLY; about eco-friendly systems, disabled people, renewable energy solutions etc. etc. , i created student network with my student community and friends in other universities when my 1st-2nd years... I can explain it in epitome. I can send a mail to you more details, I will use talkyard for it with a wiki page in subdomain, Im learning Scala and other somethings this year, I saw talkyard and effected. flex-light, looks pretty nice and some other reasons.. I will work to contribute to talkyard, its need to grow up and touch to different communities(like we)

            1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2019-01-19 18:18:32.399Z2019-01-19 18:24:44.278Z

              Wow sorry me too for this late reply ... a week passed so fast.

              I installed it my localhost and testing for different Q&A platform ideas, or adding some contents for looks like realistic, so shorty maybe need to reset settings often

              Maybe there could be different UI themes. There'd be a default theme. And when you change something, you create a new theme, and edit it. And, to undo all your changes, you just start using the default theme instead. Then no need to reset / undo anything :- )
              (and if you wanted to, you could delete your experimental themes later on)

              I'm looking to make the configure-colors/fonts/nav-menu more user friendly soon, and then I'll try to keep the above things in mind.

              Thanks for explaining soft4earrth. Now I better understand the name — I first didn't realize that "soft" was for "software" :- )

              Yes please if you'd like to email me more deails, that'd be interesting. My email is kajmagnus at I like the things you have in mind, e.g. eco-friendliness, solutions for disabled people (? what did you have in mind here more specifically ?), .... software (?) for renewable energy? Maybe also ... Software for reducing energy consumption :- ) I stumbled upon a startup that writes software for optimizing energy usage in buildings (like, large apartment houses), and they could save lots of energy, by doing simple changes in the building.

              About contributing, and Scala: Ok yes Talkyard is written in Scala as you seem to have noticed. And ... For the moment, contributing, is maybe not so simple — probably you'll run into some confusion. Which means ... One way for you to contribute, is to just try to get started, and let me know what problems and confusion you run into, and then I can focus on doing sth about that first :- )