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    FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    I am thinking of including a bulletin board on a website I am designing. Does anyone have any experience of the FP BBs - do they work well? User friendly? Most importantly, do they affect the download time of the rest of the site (especially the home page)?

    I want the site to download as fast as possible, and if a BB would compromise this requirement, I'll give it a miss. Interested in the comments of those who have experience with the FP BBs, both from a user's point of view, and a webmaster's.

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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    What is this "bulletin board " use going to be?

    Define you intent with the usage the best you can. There are to many uses for "A bulletin board ".

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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Dave,

    My site tells the history of Perth's first punk bands and offers CDs of recorded material from the late 70s - the BB would be for interested parties to discuss the relative merits of the bands, for members of the bands who may happen on the site to offer their comments and maybe get back in contact with people from the 70s, etc.

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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Most "discussion group " will take a lot of time to keep under control.
    I have NOT used this part of FrontPage and do not remember ever seeing a web site that does use it.

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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Fair enough, Dave. What about a guestbook, where people can leave their comments to be seen by others? Does FP have a guestbook creating capacity, and is it any good please?

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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Hmmm, I'm going to respectfully disagree with Dave at this point.
    Most of the work in maintaining a discussion group is in riding herd on the posters <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> - not the FP functionality (or perhaps that was what Dave was referring to).
    The wizard to set up an FP discussion group is fairly straightforward.
    A couple of points, when prompted make sure you give your discussion group folders meaningfull names (especially if you are testing things - discussion1, discussion2 will get confusing pretty quickly).
    What I haven't played with in a long time is the type of discussion group which only allows registered users -that usually takes some work with the webserver admin.
    Oh, and watch out for the question "Do you want the Table of Contents page for this discussion to be the home page for this web?" Make sure you say no. Unless of course, you do want that to happen.
    Oh, and finally (and perhaps most importantly) you will need FP Extensions enabled on your web server.
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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Thanks, Catharine.

    Do I take it from what you say that one can't modify the discussion group setup after all the options have been selected (ie: get it right as you do it, or you have to start again)?

    Also, does a BB slow down the rest of the site in terms of download time for other pages, please?

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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Some things you can modify - however mostly it is such a pain it is easier by far to rerun the wizard.
    The Discussion Group should not slow down the rest of the site unless your server is is underpowered and the discussion group is highly popular. And that is something you have to figure out by experience (much like we have here at the lounge).
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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Thanks, Catharine. Cheers.

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    Re: FP Bulletin Boards OK? (FP2002 (10.2623.2625))

    Yes, you are correct, that is what I meant, the posters can and will get out of control real quick.

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