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Discussion / forum board in SPS 2001

  Asked By: Haresh    Date: Mar 25    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1796

I am currently looking for a plug-in or web part that would enable
me to have the discussion board / discussion forum function much the
same way as it is in the SP Team Service. I tried to look around on the
web on several web sites but returns to nothing on it. Is it possible
for someone to share the information on how to create dicussion forum
which is not based on the documents or categories? Any information
would the could help is appreciated.



12 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Adya Khavatekar     Answered On: Mar 25

I found one. It's an ASP-Forum. Have a look on forum.snitz.com. .

Answer #2    Answered By: Trupti Patil     Answered On: Mar 25

Thanks, but do you know if there is a forum  board that is based on
webpart not as a seperate asp page? Appreciated the link, but it would be a lot
easier in terms of organizing the sps  if it is in webpart

Answer #3    Answered By: Marlena Noble     Answered On: Mar 25

I'm using snitz on the intranet I'm rolling out. I recomend it for
anything but the heaviest traffic, like 500+ concurrent users.

Answer #4    Answered By: Juan Davis     Answered On: Mar 25

Does this web part work via extranet?

Answer #5    Answered By: Jason Anderson     Answered On: Mar 25

No problems, Works in SSL too. Just define a part to get the
content from the snitz default url. You can also point it to
different forums.

Answer #6    Answered By: Uttam Vanjare     Answered On: Mar 25

I have no idea, but I just downloaded the snitz forum  stuff and spent
about 30 mins customizing it and playing with it and I can tell this is
going to be the next killer app at my company. So much functionality,
and an incredible price. :)

I'm probably going to use it in Sharepoint in a way that some forums are
customer specific (like tracking issues or things) or group specific,
and then point a web part to just that forum, or just the new messages
in the forum. Very nice, and very cool.

If anyone else has some great ideas on the integration piece, feel free
to post!

(for what it's worth, snitz itself seems to work with SSL. snitz'
forums are very detailed and active -- I've been able to resolve all of
my minor and both of my semi-major issues thus far)

oh, and it auto-integrates with NT authentation (via NTLM) just like

Answer #7    Answered By: Jack Carroll     Answered On: Mar 25

Is there an actual webpart for snitz? I downloaded it, but haven't
had a chance to install it yet.

Answer #8    Answered By: Chandrabhan Agarkar     Answered On: Mar 25

Maybe somebody can help me here. I was able to download the zip file.
Followed the instructions in the readme file. But I cannot get the
setup.asp page to open when I type http://server_name/forum/setup.asp.
Can you tell me what other customization I need to do because I covered
everything in the config.asp file.

Answer #9    Answered By: Lonnie Cohen     Answered On: Mar 25

I don't recall doing much customization other than

Creating a folder in inetpub\wwwroot called forums, extracting into
Creating a folder in inetpub called db, then a folder with a cryptic
name like howDduT.
Moved the .mdb file supplied with the system to the above folder, AND
renamed it to a cryptic name like whupTdoo
Edited config.asp to uncomment the "access" sql line and then
uncommented the Access line and pointed the filename to the above file
Putting in my own logo file (of course!)
Running http://server/forums/setup.asp from a client
Then I added nt authentication, auto-logon, created some categories and
forums, played with the profiles, etc. One annoying thing is that with
nt-auth and auto-logon, it gives an error, then the user has to click on
Profiles, then it gives a register link. It's a known issue and I
haven't customized it further to fix it yet

Do you get an error? Is there anything in the IIS logs? Is your
Default Web Site on (server_name) configured to allow asp execution?

To answer the other question by the other gent -- no, there aren't any
webparts available, but you really don't need any. I mean, what would
the web part do?

So, what you do (like you do for so many other things) is figure out the
URL you'd need to display what you want, and then "create a new web
part" and under advanced settings check "get content from following" and
put that URL in.

IE, http://server/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4 would display an entire
page devoted to a specific Topic. http://go/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=3
would display the entire forum.

I haven't figured out a way to eliminate some of the header stuff or
further crop just the content, but I bet some digging in forum.asp would

Answer #10    Answered By: Ruchir Satam     Answered On: Mar 25

I haven't implemented it yet in production here but in our dev and test
environments, it works great and is, like you said, a killer app. Works great
with SPS and can look like a native web part with a little tweaking. I am
however working now on integrating SPS and SPTS together and Team Services has
this functionality. I'd rather use Snitz as it's just so much nicer and well
organized than Team Services forums (if you can call them that). I'm just hoping
I can disable Team Services forums so there's no conflict. If anyone is looking
to add forums to their SPS system, it's Snitz all the way!

Answer #11    Answered By: Suresh Chindarkar     Answered On: Mar 25

What did you do to tweak it into looking like a native web part? I
can't figure that part out. It still displays the headers and stuff.

Answer #12    Answered By: Varun Mehta     Answered On: Mar 25

I just went in and removed some of the headers and set it to use my custom style
sheet that I'm using on my main SPS site. Theres a few asp files you need to
tweak but it's all pretty minor (just presentation stuff).

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