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By Coltraine Bill @Bobmat2020-05-02 21:39:06.435Z

Hello.

I found this app and it looks it could meet my needs. I have a news community, and I discovered dev.lemmy.ml, which is software inspired in the old reddit, however, thought promissing it is still lacking in many aspects. My other choice was discourse, which is very solid software with many COOL features, however they use this flat, cronological sorting of comments which I feel is a bit too old school, oudated, and doesn't fit my needs really well.

Then found Talkyard. It looks like a nice middle ground between what the above mentioned software have to offer. However I have some questions:

  1. I posted a link to this forum on twitter and it didn't create a twitter card. Is that configurable or not possible yet?

  2. I posted links to twitter and youtube in the test forum and it didn't embed the preview or video. Not doable?

  3. Can thumbnail previews on topics be enabled?

  4. Lemmy and discourse have a feature that you post a link to an article or page and automatically get the title from the destination article, creting a link thread (just like reddit) . Is or will this be doable in talkyard?

Thank you in avance.

  • 2 replies
  1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-05-04 12:10:56.483Z

    Hi Bill, thanks for writing,

    1. > it didn't create a twitter card. Is that configurable or not possible yet?

    Not yet implemented

    2. > I posted links to twitter and youtube

    YouTube video links work, e.g. if you post a video like https://youtu.be/j8VdehTuZfw on a single line:

    But if there's text on the line above, or below, or other text on the same line — then won't work (because then Talkyard thinks it's supposed to be a normal "text link" not an embedded video). — Maybe this is too restrictive?

    I'd like to make this work with Twitter cards too

    3.

    Can thumbnail previews on topics be enabled?

    Yes, if you go to the forum topic list page (typically the forum homepage), click the edit pencil next to the forum title, then click "Layout and settings", then choose "Excerpt and preview images below title".

    If you go here: https://beautiful.demo.talkyard.io/latest and scroll down, you'll see thumbnails.
    (Hmm I should clean up a bit over there, now there're many weird test topics, looks weird)

    4.

    post a link to an article or page and automatically get the title from the destination article, creting a link thread (just like reddit) . Is or will this be doable in talkyard?

    Is not, but will be, doable, yes.

    ***

    Thanks for having explained a bit how you are thinking about Lemmy, Discourse, Talkyard — I'm always curious about things like that.

    they use this flat, cronological sorting of comments which I feel is a bit too old school, oudated, and doesn't fit my needs really well

    I think you're right about that — I think for discussing news, then, threaded discussions like at Reddit / HackerNews / Lemmy / Talkyard, works better, since people tend to create separate "sub discussions" about the news article (rather than having just one single thing to talk about, just one main thread).

    I didn't know about Lemmy :- ) Interesting that they will have some kind of federation feature. I might ask them how they will build that.

    What is your news community about if I may ask? Software but what software / how :- )

    1. BColtraine Bill @Bobmat2020-05-14 18:07:12.720Z2020-05-14 21:21:34.844Z

      Hello again.

      I gave talkyard a try to have a more direct experience and I like what I am seeing. I have some comments.

      So far the most critical absence is the lack of twitter, facebook, and media embeds. Nowadays many important information comes from those sources so the ability to embed posts from there is a must (in fact this is one of the reasons I moved away from Lemmy, and too little administrative control over the app, which is not a problem in talkyard).

      I also would need some better instructions to instala behing nginx reverse proxy. I gave it a try but after welcome page got a "blocked cross script request" (TyE0SRVR).

      With regards to thumbail, I think it would be preferible to put the image either to the left of the thread title, above the thread title, or in between tittle and extract. I think this is more intuitive, as it is the usual format newspapers and wordpress sites organize the "featured image" of articles.

      All in all I like this software. I want to make a translation into spanish. I can you help me with that? I didn't quite understand the instructions in the code. EDIT: nevermind, I am already working in the translatiin. My question is, do I need to rebuild the whole app to make the new language appear in the menú? Do I need to upload it to github before being able to use it?

      Btw, my community is about news, something like r/Worldnews but on a local level in Chile.