Some of the members of the SUF SUN community will be volunteers for reviewing the proposed SUN replacement software.
I just wondered if the volunteers would find it useful to share views. We don't know who the other volunteers are because of privacy constraints but we can, of course, talk on SUN if we choose to.
I have had a quick look at the Discourse site and it seems ok.
I haven't tried the "sandbox" for a couple of reasons. The presentation of posts looks fine though somewhat social media-ish rather than business like but that is not unexpected. I suspect there is a lot of work to be done in the sandbox to create something that looks like a usable SUN replacement – the site describes Discourse as a "simple, flat forum" which is not the case for SUN which is a 3(?) level hierarchical structure. It is not clear how that hierarchical structure would be created but it is probably via the "self managing usergroups". There isn't time to set up in the sandbox what would effectively be a prototype system to explore possible solutions. And finally I didn't login to the sandbox because I don't like being asked to give my email address to a company that I don't know and will not have a commercial relationship with.
A couple of more detailed thoughts.
First the "Features" page seems to provide a helpful summary.
Second what took me a little by surprise on the Features page was the reference to "Markdown, BBCode, and HTML formatting in posts". This seems to imply a markup language like **Bold**text**Bold** to format text which seems a bit odd in this day and age. SUN has a standard WYSIWYG point and click to embolden text. I also paste quite complex posts into SUN with charts and tables which I create in Word and I trust that this will still be possible in Discourse.
I hope that the above is useful.
All the best.
This is a good idea. I've not really looked at 'discourse' yet, but did suggest two additional items for the user needs list:
· A search facility
· Access from phones/tablets (something I'd find useful)
Your comments about a '3-level hierarchy' have made me realise that I'm not that familiar with how SUN works. Can you explain what you mean by this?
Dr Karen Hurrell
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