[consulting] Recipe challenge: Forums with moderation, karma, spam-proofing.

Boris Mann boris at bryght.com
Mon Feb 20 06:38:27 UTC 2006

Philip Greenspun posted to his blog a request about the best config  
for the Boston Children's Hospital:

> A friend at Boston Children's Hospital wants to establish an online  
> community for 400-1000 people who are either working at the  
> hospital or are parents of children with a specific disorder.  He  
> basically wants a discussion forum, but with state-of-the-art  
> features for moderation, spam-proofing, and karma-assignment.  His  
> main concern is quickly identifying people who are negative  
> contributors and getting rid of them or changing their behavior.   
> Is there a good free and open source software package that he can  
> simply install and run?  drupal.org perhaps?

Anyone care to write up a recipe? I was thinking about "karma"...and  
I don't think we have it. We've got userpoints, but that doesn't  
really reflect if people are +1 / -1 against you.

Here are some modules off the top of my head:
* forum
* flatforum
* userpoints
* one of the "voting" options
* troll
* story -- for front page news
* book -- for static content pages
* (optional) blog -- for selected people who express an interest;  
could also swap out and just use weblinks module, so people can pool  

If anyone is in the Boston area, they might appreciate some tips over  
coffee. I don't have contact details, but you could leave a comment  
on Philip's blog.


Boris Mann
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