VIF 0.8.2 reviewDownload
VIF project is a Web-based virtual discussion forum
VIF project is a Web-based virtual discussion forum. It aims to implement a specific discussion model that supports goal oriented discussions of complex matters.
This discussion model builds on structured discussion threads, integrated quality control, and well defined group boundaries.
Structure: The discussion threads are well structured. A discussion thread starts with a problem description and an opening question. The thread then evolves in a tree of subsequent questions. Each question of one level sheds light on a specific part of the parent question. Each subsequent question has to be justified and understandable. The process goes on up to the point where the questions have a granularity which makes it possible for the contributors to answer them. At this point, the process turns back. Each question can be replaced by a specific answer. At the end we don't have an answer in the form of true on wrong. Instead we are in the position to say under which conditions a certain action is the better response for the complex social problem then the alternative actions.
Remember: Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. (Raymond, The Cathedral and the Bazaar)
Quality control and Workflow: There is no such thing as free speech to solve complex problems. In the discussion model we suggest, we don't intend the moderation by a (more or less) benevolent dictator. Each registered member acts as reviewer for the other's contributions instead. The workflow for the publication of a contribution is as follows: a) A member makes a contribution (answering a question or adding a child question). b) A reviewer (an other registered member) is selected by random. c) The reviewer either agrees with the publication or proposes a revision. In the latter case, the process returns to step a). d) If both the contributor and the reviewer agree on the contribution, it is published.
Defined community boundaries: Each person who likes to participate to the forum has to register. To make a contribution, the members have to log in. If a member doesn't adhere to the community norms, he can be excluded.
What's New in This Release:
Implemented feature to suspend participation in the discussion groups the participant is registered during a specified time span.
Added possibility to store Lucene search indexes in database (created new table tblLuceneIndex).
Corrected wrong path to menu in change password and save personal data task.
Fixed typo in permission table that prevented management of subscriptions.
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