[kwlug-disc] Anyone know of a free web forum equivalent to Google/Yahoo Groups?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu Oct 1 14:09:18 EDT 2009


Raul Suarez wrote, On 10/01/2009 1:49 PM:
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
>> I don't believe I am. If I knew of a free phpbb yahoo/google group equivalent.
> 
>> It just occurred to me that perhaps the word 'forum' is outdated and may be known by some other phrase these >days.
> 
> Without having an answer, let me see if I understand.
> 
> You are looking for a "cloud service" that provides the tools required for community building
> 
> e.g.
> Organizational web presence (Home page)
> File sharing, 
> Bulleting boards/discussion groups, 
> Wiki
> Member blogs,
> etc?
> 
> Fairly equivalent to what we have at kwlug.org but supported "in the cloud" so you don't have to bother maintaining the system and servers involved.
> 
> Is this correct?

Mmm. Close. Additional functionality can't hurt, but I hadn't 
considered blogs or wiki's. I am thinking about a volunteer 
organization, not kwlug, but kwlug is perhaps organizationally similar 
- and also topically completely different.

As I said, google or yahoo groups would be sufficient, if sub-groups 
were possible.

I keep mentioning yahoo / google merely because of the name 
recognition / ease of analogous explanation. Particularly to the adult 
users whom may only be barely computer literate enough to use a web 
browser. [That didn't quite come out right. Such would be the users, 
so such recognition would provide a level of comfort for them, as 
well. Don't mean to impinge upon the readers of this list - unless, of 
course, they've had too much lubrication or contortioning, at which 
point K.I.S.S. would seem to apply.]

Want to avoid icky money / hosting and greater reliability than 
running something out of the house. Which would also make 
responsibility transferable.



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