Welcome to our new community platform for sharing the open source #monitoringlove
Please register a new account and create a new topic in your selected category.
You can register via email, or via oauth from Github/Twitter. These apps will only pull your email address, and are read-only.
If you are having trouble with email activation, please check your junk folder too (this will be fixed asap).
Before you post, make sure to checkout the interactive tutorial provided by the discobot: New users: Explore Discourse with discobot
We have grown as an international community of monitoring enthusiasts. Please respect the one and only forum rule: Use English as language.
Modern and fast
Create a new topic with your question, choose a category, browse the forum meanwhile. Format your text using Markdown (more in the FAQ), upload images from your disk or the web, and click “post”.
Not only on your desktop, but responsive on your mobile device.
You can share the love and like posts. Share them on social media too (hint: get a badge). Use Emojis to express what you think
If you’ve created a topic, you can accept a specific answer as solution. This will be visible in the topic listing as well as be counted for user statistics (and rewards).
Badges as Rewards
Helping others and receiving a “thank you” is the best feeling. In addition to that Discourse rewards you with badges
More on that here: Honouring your community work
Discourse allows us to create wiki topics which can be edited by community members. This additional feature should help create the best knowledge base there is More on that: Guidelines for writing howtos
The old Woltlab platform served us well for many years. Here are some stats:
239,548 Posts (45.16 Posts per Day)
Two years ago we already encountered bottlenecks with the MySQL backend. Search was sometimes slow, and posts did not hit. There was a lot of maintenance work happening in the background.
Apart from an incredible growth of this community, it was not easy to ask a question. You had to navigate into a sub forum, then create a new post. Some addons had been added to solve this, but this wasn’t satisfying at all.
The split view between the dashboard and the forum as an app slowed down the overall experience too. Let’s be clear - it is old-fashioned and makes community support very hard.
Woltlab provides a great tool with many plugins and extensions. Still, you need to pay money for many of them, including the forum software itself.
Living the open source spirit, it became hard to suggest or patch functionality. This also is what makes Discourse just awesome in comparison - 100% open source, and a rich helping community at https://meta.discourse.org
Setting up Discourse is a breeze with Docker. They even provide a web based setup wizard. Once you’re inside the administration section, you just start to adjust and play. Many settings are “default”, you don’t need to customise them.
Apart from the visual experience and easiness Discourse provides, it also was developed with community discussions in mind. Rewards with badges, a helping tutorial bot, an easy-to-use editor with live previews, and endless scrolling in threads. No more pagination.
In terms of spam prevention, Discourse supports Akismet (similar to Wordpress). The past showed us that bots are not the problem, as users kept solving reCaptchas and posting spam. Akismet filters those topics and allows staff members to review these posts.
In addition to that, Discourse grants users more possibilities as they proceed. This is a learning phase with different trust levels and also implements the possibility to flag and hide offending posts. It is hard to describe, let’s see how this works once user counts grow. TL;DR - we shouldn’t need any moderator or administrator, the community can take care on its own.
It is a great solution for community members asking for help AND those answering in their spare time, for free and the fun and pride. This is my personal motivation to provide you with the best and fast platform out there. Open source community work matters.
You can read more about the journey here. It started out as an idea on Thursday, 28.12.2017 and was built in just 5 days
https://meta.discourse.org & https://github.com/discourse
The old platform is available as knowledge-base at https://monitoring-portal.org/woltlab/ - you can use the search and navigate there. There is an Nginx proxy in place which redirects old thread URLs too, so your bookmarks and documentation is intact. Google search cache is also working until the crawler recognises the redirect.
Just keep in mind to add a reference URL into a new post here, as you cannot post there anymore.
Enjoy our new platform as much as I do, and leave your feedback here
Thanks to NETWAYS for sponsoring the server, SSL certificates and monitoring.