Vanilla Forums

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Vanilla Forums are open-source, standards-compliant, customizable discussion forums.

How to get access to the forum

Anyone can read the forums at

However, to be able to post new discussions or to comment on existing discussions, you'll have to apply for a forum membership. I'd like to allow any user to join our forum without the need for manual approval, but this would turn this forum into a paradise for spammers, and would require more time from us to remove spam messages and delete the corresponding user accounts.

Applying for a forum membership

  1. Visit the main forum page and create your new login name by clicking on one of the login icons (Facebook, Google, OpenID or Twitter) or by clicking on the Apply for Membership button (at right);
  2. You'll be asked to confirm your email address (the system will send you an email with a confirmation link that you must visit before posting);
  3. Please check both your inbox and spam folder, as some people have reported that the confirmation email sent by our forum was classified as spam. The message has this subject: "[Open Source Ecology Forums] Confirm Your Email Address"
  4. Once you have confirmed your email address by visiting the confirmation link, your chosen login name will be added to the list of pending applicants;
  5. Whenever a forum admin opens the list of applicants, he will either approve or decline your request;
  6. If you are approved, you'll receive an email to let you know.

Warn icon.png Posting for the first time

  • You can only post after your forum membership has been manually approved by a forum admin (see green box above)
  • If you try to log in before being approved, you'll receive an error message similar to "Permission denied"

Usually, all forum applicants are approved, except those whose email looks suspicious ([email protected], [email protected]) and those with a suspicious membership request text. By that, I mean:

  • empty text
  • sentences that do not make sense, like "And she navigation boldly arrested. Furniture frequently slow night."
  • messages asking me to buy "purple moncler vest", "green ski jacket", "cheap viagra", "cialis", and so on
  • canned messages (those that look like they were copy/pasted from a collection)

In essence, all applicants are approved except those who look like a spam bot or a spammer, according to the admin's intuition.


Tips for using our discussion forum

  • Hover your mouse over Discussions (at the top) to see a clickable category menu
    • A category contains discussions (a.k.a forum posts) related to a given topic
    • You can click on Discussions itself to see a list of the latest discussions, or click on one of the categories to see discussions for that specific category
  • Under section Discussion Views (right sidebar), you can change the view to see a list of latest discussions or latest discussions by category
  • Create an email subscription to a category of your interest by clicking on E-mail Subscriptions
    • By subscribing to a category, you make it work more like a mailing list
  • You can vote for the most important discussions by clicking on the Votes blue box, at the right side of the discussion title
    • Click it again to remove your vote, in case you have changed your mind
  • To bookmark (subscribe to) a particular discussion, click on the Follows blue box, at the right side of the discussion title
    • You can choose to receive email notifications when there are new comments on your bookmarked discussions
    • You can see the number of people who bookmarked a discussion right under Follows
  • Click on your login name (top left side) to access your account page and change your preferences.
    • Change your email notification settings by clicking on My Preferences on your account page

Email Notifications

You can receive email notifications when:

  • There's a new discussion or comment on any of the categories you have subscribed to
  • people comment on your bookmarked discussions.
  • people mention you in comments (by using (@login)
  • people mention you in discussion titles (by using @login)
  • people write on your wall.
  • people reply to your wall comments.
  • someone sends you a private message.
  • you are added to private conversations.
  • people comment on your discussions.

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