when I attended a conference about physiological research over the weekend in Holland, the attendants agreed to stay in touch and continue collaborating through the internet.
So it fell into my lap to start a forum on the net, something I have never done before.
Therefore I hope that with the combined brain power of our dear Donationcoder members, I will be able to whip something up in a jiffy.
Now in contrast to the "jiffy" thing is my tendency to be overly thorough and perfectionist as well as forward looking
So here are my thoughts/questions/requirements:
1.) Could you recommend free forum software which is
a.) Easy to use and administer, while still having an (overly) full feature set and which is rock solid.
b.) Preferably it should be able to handle HTTPS, be strong on privacy/security features (no search robots access, invitational password to sign up, if possible for a certain board only), and have fine permission granularity (childboards and even subchildboards with different permissions). F.e. one group of researchers working on a particular project has access to a certain childboard, but not to another one which deals with another topic.
c.) Some aspects of "Social Networking" should be incorporated into the board, so that every member can in some way have there own little space and a list of friends or something like that. I want the members to be at home and not feel the necessity to go to one of those evil places on the net, where the dignity of their personal privacy is compromised even before they signed up for their service (by already profiling non-members on the basis of invitations they received -- sorry I am getting OT
d.) Multimedia should be easily incorporated: f.e. a movie of physiological measurements in a subject over a period of several minutes as shown on the computer screen of the researcher - or help screen casts on using complicated medical software.
e.) Download repository
f.) Oh - and did I mention free and open source?
2.) Beside being a collaboration ground, I also would like to have companion/integrated Wiki- or Knowledge-Base software with the forum. Again, that software (which I hope you can also recommend) needs to have granular access rights. If a common password facility could be used it would be perfect (am I dreaming???), so that people only need to sign up once for the forum and then have access to the corresponding wiki or knwledge base.
3.) Another possiblity/(dream?) should be integration with mumble, so that voice chats for collaborating groups may be possible in the future, if the bard takes off. I think it would be too much for me to install murmur or integrate a murmur server right now, but I think it would be nice to have in the future.
So that's it for now, I hope more considerations will become clear in the lively (I hope
) ensuing discussion.
Thanks in advance for your comments.