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    Nimbus

    Hey I'm looking for some suggestions.

    I need to create a large community website.  I'm looking for a free/relatively cheap forum solution that is open source and written in C#.  Whatever one I go with, I will end up customizing to include the following features:

    • Windows Live Account integration
    • Up voting threads for certain sections
    • User profile pages with certain options unlocked based on contributions
    • Progressively elevated user permissions based on contributions

    Windows Live integration is essential.  I have worked a lot with phpbb, but haven't messed around with any ASP.NET forums.  So far I've really only looked into YAF, but my client mentioned it having some cross-browser issues.

    Thoughts?

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    magicalclick

    Whatever it is, don't ever use C9 forum software. Wink

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    cbae
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    cbae

    Here's one that wasn't on that list. It looks like a pretty clean design, although I have no idea how the editor looks.

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    ManipUni

    @magicalclick: I was going to post in agreement, but the first two attempts to login failed and I was left on a blank page, then on the third attempt I was taken back here but wasn't logged in. 

    I like the look of C9 and the AJAX-ness of it. But the Live integration is sucky and I've always found this HTML editor rather buggy. Funnily enough Chrome handles this editor the best out of any browser I've tried, even the spell-checkre works.   

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    W3bbo

    , Nimbus wrote

    Windows Live integration is essential.

    Can you elaborate on this? Microsoft removed third-party authentication against ".NET Passport" (renamed Windows Live ID) years ago - they did put their toes in the water for OpenID support (as a provider), but reneged and haven't said anything since 2008.

    As far as I'm aware, Windows Live offers nothing like Facebook's level of developer-friendliness, but then that's fine with me: I don't believe any organisation has any legitimate need to access my WL information.

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    blowdart

    , W3bbo wrote

    I don't believe any organisation has any legitimate need to access my WL information.

    And, like OpenID they don't get it, they just get a unique identifier for your account, and that identifier is unique to the site it's sent too as well.

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    magicalclick

    , ManipUni wrote

    @magicalclick: I was going to post in agreement, but the first two attempts to login failed and I was left on a blank page, then on the third attempt I was taken back here but wasn't logged in. 

    I like the look of C9 and the AJAX-ness of it. But the Live integration is sucky and I've always found this HTML editor rather buggy. Funnily enough Chrome handles this editor the best out of any browser I've tried, even the spell-checkre works.   

    C9 has the worst use of WLID. I couldn't visit home page (not forum) because I was stuck in a registration page for my second hotmail account. Thank God this problem is localized in C9 only.

    I don't have problem with editor though. I got internal errors, which I think has something to do with AJAX auto-save and Submit button problem.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    vesuvius

    @W3bbo: You won't like windows 8 then, that will be a single sign on for everything

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