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Kolen Cheung | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Feb 23 2019 12:03 AM

I know that there are differences between the two, but I don’t see why the 2 cannot be combined, or at least shared by the same backend.

e.g.

  • each forum becomes a group in faithlife.com
  • each topic/post is like an article on faithlife.com
  • old links redirects to those in faithlife.com to preserve the permalink, say from someone’s bookmark
  • perhaps the original community.logos.com can have links to individual groups to faithlife.com
  • subscribing a thread is needed to migrate in a combination of notification settings and perhaps an extra button added in faithlife.com bubbles.
  • migration should be done as seamless as possible because there always be some people preferring the old ways (such as subscribing in email, reply from email), those experience needs to be replicated so that people could stick to the old way if they want to
  • how to do with existing threads in the old site? read only? Or migrate to faithlife.com (more laborious)?

reasons

  • single platform to communicate

  • faithlife.com is more inviting than community.logos.com, including the mobile experience (try visiting Logos forum from a mobile and type and reply there, comparing that to the mobile Faithlife app)

  • as a promotion to use the faithlife.com as a social network. May be it’s just me but for now faithlife.com is more like the old Google+ where people exists but not really hangs out there. The Logos forum is more like a community of people than faithlife.com to me.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 23 2019 12:32 AM

I think there would be value in having a single platform but - at the moment - I don't think the failthlife.com platform is sufficient.

Kolen Cheung:
faithlife.com is more inviting than community.logos.com, including the mobile experience (try visiting Logos forum from a mobile and type and reply there, comparing that to the mobile Faithlife app)

I agree the mobile experience is better on faithlife.com but there are some things that don't work as well:

  • the ability to quote portions of a previous post
  • the ability to insert screenshots within the body of a post to make it clearer what is being said
  • the ability to search for previous posts
  • the ability to link to specific posts within a thread

Until these types of features are made available then moving to faithlife.com as a general platform for discussion would remove a lot of current functionality.

Kolen Cheung:
as a promotion to use the faithlife.com as a social network. May be it’s just me but for now faithlife.com is more like the old Google+ where people exists but not really hangs out there. The Logos forum is more like a community of people than faithlife.com to me.

Agreed - but that may be partly due to the functionality and so people find it more useful and spend more time there.

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Kolen Cheung | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 23 2019 12:36 AM

Agree. So part of the suggestion is to improve Faithlife.com to include all forum features. The starting point is the "article" kind in Faithlife post, which can includes photos. Or may be an additional kind "forum" is added which is built upon "article" to provide all functionalities here.

I also don't know how permalink works in Faithlife.com and how difficult it would be to map between forum and Faithlife articles. It will be more important if all history in forum is migrated, rather than read-only though.

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Andrew Biddinger | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 23 2019 8:48 AM

Graham Criddle:

  • the ability to search for previous posts
  • the ability to link to specific posts within a thread

FYI: Both of these already can be done on faithlife.com

  • In the search bar, you can search a group for specific posts or on the homepage for any posts in your feed.
  • It's not as pretty, but you can share posts urls of specific posts.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 23 2019 11:59 PM

Andrew Biddinger:
In the search bar, you can search a group for specific posts or on the homepage for any posts in your feed.

I wasn't aware of that - thank you

Andrew Biddinger:
It's not as pretty, but you can share posts urls of specific posts.

As far as I can see that allows you to share a link to a thread but not a specific post in a thread

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Andrew Biddinger | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 24 2019 11:26 AM

Graham Criddle:

I wasn't aware of that - thank you

I just learned about that too!

Graham Criddle:

As far as I can see that allows you to share a link to a thread but not a specific post in a thread

Ah, I see what you were meaning. Yes, you are right. It's just the link to the initial post.

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