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Discussions and Forum Migration


Support Support: The proposal was supported.

Hello!

I noticed that your community was not yet using Discussions, our Forum feature replacement we developed for our communities last year. We no longer support Special:Forums and will be sun-setting that feature soon. In the meantime, we have switched all new communities to Discussions and are manually enabling it on already established communities who are willing to make the change now. 

Discussions is a feature that lives in it's own environment on the community that users can use to post questions, thoughts, images, links and even videos. They can upvote posts and even share them on social media. Unlike forums, Discussions is very mobile friendly and both mobile and desktop users can post in real time with each other. Users can edit their posts for the first 24 hours, but Admins and Moderators can edit posts anytime. Users can report posts they feel do not comply with our guidelines, or that of the community. Admins and Moderators can remove them. We give you the tools you need. Since the introduction of Discussions, we have seen a pretty big increase in mobile views and community interaction. You can find more information on Discussions here.

As part of the process, we can import your current Forums into Discussions. Your current Forum can co-exist with Discussions temporarily if necessary but we would prefer to just import them into Discussions when we enable it. I just need to know  what your preference is. Your dedicated app does not currently have Discussions on it as it's required to have it available on the community first. I would be happy to request having Discussions enabled on your app once it is active on the wiki.

Let me know if your community would like to have Discussions enabled and I can take care of everything for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. 

Thanks!

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Fang³ wrote: I'm not voting just making a comment, the majority of editors are not mobile users. When we're deciding to implement features we consider whether the feature is a tool that will help us, not a "product" that generates more clicks...

Comment Comment: Doesn't matter who the editors are, it's the viewers they care about. Most viewers these days are probably on mobile. That's why you can't do anything cool on mobile with JS and CSS, it's because they want the page to load faster so that mobile viewers can see more pages and therefore more adverts
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Interesting. Everyone has their own reasons for becoming an admin. I have a few communities myself and I look for ways to make a community not only easier to use for everybody, (not just myself), but more inticing to viewers. The more views it gets, the higher the chance I will gain additional editors and not have to do all the work. But I digress. I look forward to hearing from the other admins. 

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HOAFanguying wrote:

Comment Comment: We ask that you merge our forums to Discussions so we don't lose information. This is rather disappointing, but we value our users and their ease on our wiki.

Thanks.

begrudgingly per Fanguy

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Just so I'm clear, refusing Discussions today does not mean the Forum will suddenly disappear. We will give ample global warning before Discussions becomes global and Forums are turned off.

I will wait a couple days to give anyone else ample time to ask questions or voice concerns, but here is our Discussions FAQ that may help answer any questions your community members may have. Information regarding the Discussions Tools can be found here

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Support Support: @OP I for one accept our new addiction to Wikia(R) Upvotes™️ and consider them a vital and integral part of my diet.
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Support Support: Please merge Forum to Discussions. The administrators have thoroughly discussed it in the chatroom. We would appreciate the move now.
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Support Support: I knew you guys would love it :). Let's brave through it.
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Comment Comment: do you reckon the chances of shade commenting on this thread are greater than, or actually equal to zero
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Comment Comment: I'd say greater than, but probably less than one percent.
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Ok cool. I put in the request for forum migration. You won't see the change immediately (as in not today) but it should be fairly soon. Once the merge is complete and Discussions is enabled (both will happen simultaneously), I will be happy to answer any questions regarding tools or use. During that time, I will also submit the request to have Discussions added to your mobile app. Once active on desktop, you will notice the Forums icon in the navigation bar has turned into a Discuss icon. Thanks everybody! You guys rock!