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Forem Feedback open thread (bugs, questions, requests)

peter profile image Peter ・1 min read

We are the team behind Forem, the open-source platform powering this community. We're absolutely delighted to be working with The Community Club team, and are eager for your feedback.

Please feel free to drop any bugs, questions, and/or feature requests into this thread and we'll be sure to reply.

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Ben Halpern

We've been building and using this software for DEV for years, so there are a lot of great features, real world scaling issues (both tech and moderation etc.) considered, etc. But on the other hand, we're still on day one.

Expect an order of magnitude of improvement to the platform in the next year or so, and we encourage everyone to think through different use cases and push the boundaries.

We've been building a Chrome/Firefox extension for better navigation between communities, while still maintaining everyone's and experience data independent:

chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/...

And we'll have native mobile apps soon to accomplish similar goals there (alongside SDKs for individual Forem integration into standalone apps.)

Thanks for being part of the journey y'all.

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Jocelyn

This is fairly minor, but I would love the ability to crop the photo I upload or select the area that appears as my profile pic. I rarely have square photos sitting around (but clearly I should!) so I look super squished.

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Peter Author

Thanks for this @jocelynhsu , created an issue in the open-source repo here.

edit: addressed via this PR

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Evan Hamilton

Looking forward to poking around! Quick notes:
-I had formatted my username wrong in the signup form and when I hit submit and got the error, it cleared out the info I had filled in. :(
-The confirmation email took a few minutes to arrive.

Neither is the end of the world, but both will generally hurt signups for folks who were already on the fence about a community.

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Peter Author

Another good request re: the invalid username clearing fields, created an issue here.

Will look into the confirmation email not sending as quickly as expected.

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Jocelyn

Another small thing: When I zoom into a photo, I expected to be able to click the black area around it and go back to the post. I didn't expect it to open the image as its own page. Kind of interrupted the reading flow.

If it has to open as its own page, I would personally prefer it open in a new tab. I'm not a fan of going back on pages.

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Ben Halpern

Yeah, this is definitely expected behavior, and will be something we address.

With DEV being a less image-oriented site by nature, we didn't prioritize this, but now that Forem is breathing with new use cases, this is the kind of UX we will circle back on and improve upon.

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Jocelyn

Makes sense! Thanks for following up Ben.

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Evan Hamilton

The button to show all comments takes me to a page with all comments...but takes me to the top, so I have to scroll back down. :(

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Peter Author

Great idea, wrote up an issue in our open-source repo here.

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Peter Fayle

From the front page, I can see when a post was created, but not the time of the most recent comment. The posts might be ordered by most recent activity, but I can't tell for sure.