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Crowdfunding the creation of the next version of LFGSS
 
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Old 12th February 2013   #1351
Kirth
 
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ah I was wondering why you were up! Sounding good :)
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Old 12th February 2013   #1352
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Sounds very exiting.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1353
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ah I was wondering why you were up! Sounding good :)
Well, that's partly the timezones throwing my clock off. But if I have to be awake I might as well be coding.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1354
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... with a view to creating an ugly first draft of the web app within 2 weeks of that date... meaning that we're currently under the belief that a very broken and ugly working version might be ready by the second week in March
Does this mean LFGSS will be the Guinnea pig in March? With some live hacking and updating.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1355
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No, not at all.

We'll run a basic version without the ability to import whilst we test a few things and refine it into a far more plausible and quality product.

Then we'll run a private beta for a while for a few small communities who would like to test the software and are willing to start from fresh.

Once we've done all of that, only then will we start writing the importers for things like vBulletin, Vanilla and phpBB.

LFGSS doesn't get migrated over until it's a stable and quality piece of software, and the point of releasing early is to find flaws, test assumptions and rapidly improve the product into something the market (you guys and other forum admins) want before we launch it.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1356
Branwen
Dammit I was expecting to be a millionaire by now, where are my instant rewards?!

(Seriously stoked about this, sounds like SF was awesome and has inspired you to really believe in getting the product made. Excited to see how the first draft goes)
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Old 12th February 2013   #1357
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Would TABS be able to to take part in the private beta?
We are a pretty small community, as you know, who are looking form some forum software.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1358
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Yes.

Once we are at the point where we are confident that we won't lose data and nothing too fundamental is likely to change, we'll open the private beta, and TABS can certainly be a part of it.

It's private as in "not open to the world", but we're quite happy letting quite a few small communities try it out as the more that do, the more feedback we'll get.

Without feedback this will all be for naught, as we won't be confident that we're making the right product.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1359
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Brilliant Velocio. Thanks
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Old 12th February 2013   #1360
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Typical TABS behaviour. Always trying to get into the primary position.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1361
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About existing communities that might want to move to microcosm.

I run a BBS that used to be on vBulletin until I took umbrance at the behaviour of the company that acquired it. I then switched to SMF, which I loathe. I've got about ten years worth of posts there. If I were to switch to microcosm, what'd happen to them?
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Old 12th February 2013   #1362
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You'd keep them all.

That simple.

You could import them into a new forum using Microcosm, and then you're good to go. The existing users will need to re-confirm their email address post-import though... we haven't exactly worked this bit out yet, on some systems we might be able to make existing passwords work, but I don't know the SMF board stuff.

I wasn't prioritising an SMF importer. But if you know what the export looks like we can take a look at it.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1363
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I'm not surprised - it's not amazingly popular software. The SMF team don't do nice tidy exporters with JSON or XML, so it'd be a case of mapping all the table data to microcosm's format. I'd actually be interested in giving that a go myself if you feel like letting me into the private beta. Might be an interesting proof-of-concept over how easy it is for external devs to work with.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1364
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It's not wholly surprising that they don't provide a tidy export format, LFGSS for example is almost 10GB of MySQL database. Can you imagine how inefficient that would be as a single JSON or XML file? And the likelihood for errors during import would be quite high.

Once we're ticking over nicely, I want to make sure that we accommodate export in some tidy way to make sure you're not locked in. It would be great to help define a standard format for forum export (for the common data).

The reason I like the thought of a common format is for data portability... what if every forum software could export in this 1 format? And what if every forum software could import this 1 format?

Instead of every provider writing their own bespoke mapping thing, each provider would just write 1 export and 1 import.

I think there's a lot to be gained by helping people move their forum and to try out different software. Not everything is a one-size-fits-all... so site admins should be able to try other things with reduced pain.

And yup, happy to let you on the private beta when we get there.

Not perfectly sure how we'll be doing import yet... whether we let you upload a database (but that requires us supporting every version of MySQL and Lord knows what flags and options), or whether we provide you with a script that you'd run on your server and that would call our API (most likely).

Would be good to have your feedback too though.

My only view on import is that it needs to be self-healing. That if something goes wrong it should be able to resume from the place at which it failed and once you've fixed whatever the issue is, that it picks up from that point.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1365
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Yeah, big DBs are an issue. I like the way Wordpress does its imports / exports - that works using XML but it breaks the imports up into chunks so if something fails halfway through, it's not a problem, it can just resume, going back to the self-healing thing. Uploading an actual DB has the potential to be a bit of a nightmare - what if your forum was running on MSSQL instead? And what about all the other weird data that people have, like VB arcade and so on. Realistically you'd want to go through the tables on the end client's server and just send the relevant data to microcosm instead of microcosm taking everything and then picking through it itself, so you'd end up with a bunch of connectors for different BBS packages, just like a normal forum, in a way people are used to.

I do like the idea of a canonical, semantic format for BBSes, though. It would have been impossible five years ago, even in spite of microformats becoming more fashionable, but now that Open Graph has really taken off there's a real sense that all data can potentially be standardised and manipulated across the whole net in a really cool way.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1366
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I've imported a reasonably big SMF forum into a Drupal forum by hand before, unless you've got a load of extra plugins installed, the Schema isn't that complicated.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1367
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Hah... want to come and help us make the import/export stuff?

BTW, one of the guys in the group is writing up notes on the SF trip. We (Matt and I) went as part of a group so that we would get an insight into how it all works, and Dan Hopwood is typing up his notes and putting them online, so if you want an overview of what we learned, start here: http://sftrip.tumblr.com/post/429272...he-differences
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Old 12th February 2013   #1368
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I've imported a reasonably big SMF forum into a Drupal forum by hand before, unless you've got a load of extra plugins installed, the Schema isn't that complicated.
I did Vanilla to vBulletin by hand for LFGSS.

Well, I wrote the script for it. It all went pretty smoothly except for the private messages, as Vanilla stores these in the same table as the public messages with just some vague logic around the fields to present them differently.

Moving 90% of the content (threads and posts) is generally easy. It's that last 10% that is the PITA. Though I am unlikely to every import stuff that 3rd party hacks introduced... meaning that we'll only really import 98% of data from a customised forum.
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Old 12th February 2013   #1369
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Hah... want to come and help us make the import/export stuff?
I'll work out when my next Manchester-> London trip is, you were away for the last one.
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Old 5th March 2013   #1370
Bibble
I'd be interested in donating towards development for either an equity share, or for free use of the forum software depending on certain features (happy to chat through what these features are that I'd be interested in). Could possibly give some time from my developers too but that would depend on what systems you are using to develop in.
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Old 5th March 2013   #1371
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The forum software is designed to be free, no?
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Old 5th March 2013   #1372
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The forum software is designed to be free, no?
Yes is the simple answer.

Define free is the more complex answer.

The primary plan we're working to is that the software and platform is free for everyone, and we take the affiliate revenue that may be generated. So it's essentially paid for by the users and their behaviour, rather than a fixed rental cost being charged.

Though some feedback has suggested that a few entities (companies and local government) prefer the idea of paying based on usage to obtain SLAs and extra integration into existing sites, etc.

Hard to know which is the more dominant view. So far free seems to be winning, and we haven't yet had a single site say that they're not prepared to give up their affiliate revenue to cover the inherent costs. Most sites realise that they never actually profit from affiliates, Microcosm only works on this basis because of the potential economies of scale.
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Old 5th March 2013   #1373
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And Bibble... I've emailed you.
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Old 6th March 2013   #1374
Bibble
Just checking you got my reply Velocio - more than happy to hear a "get the fuck out of here" reply if I'm barking up the wrong tree! It was late and I do tend to waffle on when I'm tired.....
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Old 6th March 2013   #1375
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Just saw this: http://www.discourse.org/

Seen it? Seems similar but not straight competition(?) Some clever functionality in there, especially saved read states, auto follow, etc
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Old 6th March 2013   #1376
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Just checking you got my reply Velocio - more than happy to hear a "get the fuck out of here" reply if I'm barking up the wrong tree! It was late and I do tend to waffle on when I'm tired.....
Got it, been in meetings all afternoon, will call you tomorrow.

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Just saw this: http://www.discourse.org/

Seen it? Seems similar but not straight competition(?) Some clever functionality in there, especially saved read states, auto follow, etc
Seen it, discussed in other thread but in essence we're not worried, feel no threat, and they help validate the market for us.
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Old 7th March 2013   #1377
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Got it, been in meetings all afternoon, will call you tomorrow.



Seen it, discussed in other thread but in essence we're not worried, feel no threat, and they help validate the market for us.
In and out of meeting myself today - drop me an email saying when you're free and I'll give you a call when I'm not being pestered by clients!
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Old 7th March 2013   #1378
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^ Using a forum to get an email in order to arrange a phone call.
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Old 7th March 2013   #1379
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What else was he supposed to do? David doesn't have a Facebook to get a Skype name to arrange a game of wordswithfriends
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Old 7th March 2013   #1380
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Dave tweets.
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Old 7th March 2013   #1381
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A little bird told you?
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Old 7th March 2013   #1382
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No, I follow him.

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Old 7th March 2013   #1383
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And my skype is guessable: david.kitchen

I'm rather amused by the "If you're not on Facebook you're unfindable" view.
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Old 7th March 2013   #1384
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That's why you're building microcosm so all the inoverts can be found isn't it?
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Old 7th March 2013   #1385
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Old 7th March 2013   #1386
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Just now picked up on this

My club is on multiple platforms, paper, twitter, a forum and face book

Face book is bring lots of people in - but is Facebook and compared to LFGSS rather restricted. I can't bump a thread etc
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Old 7th March 2013   #1387
Bibble
Mr Kitchen - hope I didn't miss you today - been running around like an idiot. Did have a quick chat with one of our devs and some of tools you are working with we are working with at the moment too, which is good news. I'm heading out to play 5-a-side in a moment but if you're going to be available tomorrow, I'm in the office all day so happy to chat.
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Old 7th March 2013   #1388
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Yup, available tomorrow. Give me a call in the morning.
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Old 7th March 2013   #1389
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Just now picked up on this

My club is on multiple platforms, paper, twitter, a forum and face book

Face book is bring lots of people in - but is Facebook and compared to LFGSS rather restricted. I can't bump a thread etc
What's the club? A cycle club? We'd love to be able to help when we're ready to, and to get your feedback sooner than that.
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Old 7th March 2013   #1390
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http://leavalleycc.co.uk/
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Old 7th March 2013   #1391
Bibble
Just thought - do you have a UI expert on board or are you doing that yourself David?
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Old 8th March 2013   #1392
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Awesome, as local cycle clubs are exactly the kind of site I'd love to be able to have use Microcosm if we balance it all right.

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Just thought - do you have a UI expert on board or are you doing that yourself David?
At the moment doing it myself. It's not my speciality, but I'm also not without experience either. UX/UI is probably me biggest need at the moment, we're aiming for a natural flow and experience, with a fairly minimalist and clean flat-style UI with tactile and obvious calls to action.
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Old 8th March 2013   #1393
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Apologies for the mangled post..


David, what I was saying was that the multiple platforms we now have to use are a problem.

Website gets our of date immediately
The forum we use is rubbish
Face book brings a lot of people in- but its Facebook

This software sound about right....
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Old 8th March 2013   #1394
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Yup, that's pretty much what I saw was one of the problems with forum software... the defragmentation of the community across multiple external systems just to do stuff which should just be done by the forum. By the forum because that's the website where most of the people hang out and the communication happens.
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Old 28th March 2013   #1395
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Is microcosm going to be bigger than an iphone app?
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Old 21st April 2013   #1397
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On it...
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Old 21st April 2013   #1398
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"Why are you nominating them?"

"the founder told me to"

I should probably think up a real reason
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Old 21st April 2013   #1399
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A real reason would be good.

Maybe that you guys invested less than 6 months ago, and we're just about to launch alpha, and that we invite you guys to pop in, and we're already engaging devs on the API, and that you like the way we even crowd-sourced some of the hardware that is being used, our scrappiness, and how we got crowd-funded in 15 hours (Seedrs record). Perhaps it is the unconvential approach (we're not doing the Old St thing) or the aggressive bootstrapping. Or maybe the pent up demand in this space (forums are ugly and feature poor), how the volunteers come from the extended community, how the space seems to be heating up and is very now (Discourse, moot.it, Vanilla, etc)... maybe even why communities matter, what LFGSS has done for London, why you believe that we're placed well to help do the same elsewhere (in cycling) and even across other hobbies and pastimes.

Genuine stuff is better than raw numbers for Wired.

Real reasons rather than just lots of submissions.

In fact, I'd rather people didn't fill it in if they didn't believe it. I'd rather this wasn't me asking you, more just saying that if you wanted to... it's over there.
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Old 21st April 2013   #1400
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Definitely. I was scratching my head over the "what's your relationship to the startup" and I can't honestly say that I'm unbiased given that I've handed over real money to microcosm. I've obviously got a vested interest, as have a crapton of other people. I wonder if that's a black mark?
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