Openbravo Forge provides the standard capabilities of any modern forum system. A highlight of some of the most relevant features:
- HTML messages with a full WYIWYG editor. This includes the possibility to use formatted text, images and links.
- Attachments. It is possible to attach files to messages, ranging from logs to screenshots. This is handy when you need help debugging problems or users want to share results.
- Monitor activity. You can monitor the evolution of forum threads or forums using e-mail or RSS feeds.
Also project administrators can:
- Lock threads. This option prevents users to continue posting replies in a forum thread.
- Move message threads. Allow project administrators and forum moderators to move messages to one forum to another.
- Sticky messages. This is really useful for forums that want to highlight a new message to all the newcomers. For example, a FAQ built from the activity of the message, a very hot issue of the week, a reminder to all participants, etc.
Projects can generate news items. News are usually used to announce an important milestone reach in the project, such as:
- The release of a new version
- The availability of a new resource for the project
- Any relevant information for its community of users
The news items are reflected in the Forge Main Page and they are visibility not a project level also at site level.
To create a new news item for your project, go to the News tab and select the option Create News. For there, you can create a new news entry.
RSS feeds and Google Gadgets
If you want to keep up-to-date with the Openbravo Forge activity you can use the RSS feeds (What is an RSS feed at Wikipedia) and the Google Gadgets.
There are two levels of RSS feeds.
- Site RSS: A global set of RSS feeds that can be found in the left column (in the toolbox box). They provide various kind of information from the whole Openbravo Forge.
- Per-project RSS: Each project has its own RSS tab (see the Openbravo Forge Support project RSS) in the project view which provides a set of useful RSS feeds for the project.
You can also use a Google Gadget to keep up-to-date. You hav to go to Openbravo Google Gadgets. There you will find two Google Gadgets: like in RSS feeds there is a global one and another per-project specific. To use any of them just click on the small icon below each Google Gadget to add it to your personalized Google homepage.