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Slash is a database-driven news and message board, using Perl, Apache and MySQL. It uses persistence through mod_perl for a good speed and efficiency. Slash has all the features and more that you'd ever want in a bulletin-board/message-board system. You can customize it to anything you want, give it any appearance that you want. This can mostly be done via data in the database. Slash is a database beast in the true sense.

SlashCode can be found at http://slashcode.com

Basically, it's the Open Source project launched to release, maintain, and further develop the code behind http://www.slashdot.org.

If you're not familiar with SlashDot (gasp), think of SlashCode as a fairly big news log / discussion / portal system (i.e. WebLog) that includes things such as RSS (RichSiteSummary) headline aggregation from other sites.

-- LesOrchard - 01 Jun 2001

Some more comments on SlashCode are at Wiki:SlashDot. This model is good for news-oriented sites, where you want to make announcements of some sort, using a limited number of 'authors', and then allow anyone to post comments and discuss this. It includes a fairly sophisticated moderation system that works reasonably well, even with the large volume of junk postings that http://slashdot.org experiences. It's written in Perl, and uses MySQL and Apache, so at least integrating slashcode alongside a TWiki would not demand too many new skills.

-- RichardDonkin - 03 Jun 2001

Sounds an interesting proposition - what could we achieve by doing that?

-- MartinCleaver - 03 Jun 2001

Note that I didn't say this was a good idea, only that it was possible! There may well be other web board software tools that may be easier to integrate in, and it may be better to develop this from scratch. However, the sort of thing that might be useful to TWiki is supporting true threading of messages, and (maybe) rating messages if it gets a high volume thread. I suspect that slashdot's high volume (moderation) features are of little use in most intranets, where the problem may be how to get enough people to contribute!

-- RichardDonkin - 03 Jun 2001

Heh, don't worry, this possibility sounds good :^) Actually I reckon that moderation would be a good idea. One of the plus points of PlasticAndEverything2vsTWiki are their abilities to gather quality indicators from the public, if TWiki had that as well it might make it easier to sell internally.

Has anyone got

  1. a comprehensive list of the functionality available in SlashCode?
  2. any documentation detailing the architecture of SlashCode?
  3. any documentation detailing the architecture of TWiki?

-- MartinCleaver - 04 Jun 2001

There are some useful pages on Ward's wiki site that already cover Everything2 (i.e. Wiki:EveryThing in InterWikis format), Wiki:SlashDot and Wiki:LotusNotes.

-- RichardDonkin - 04 Jun 2001

SlashCode now has a Wiki plugin - it's very primitive, but worth a look. See SlashWiki, or try http://slashcode.com and search for Wiki.

-- RichardDonkin - 08 Feb 2002

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