Posted on: 2004/9/6 14:07
Re: Mailing List or EMail2Forum
the reason for having no files existing yet, is that i am at this moment porting the code developped for phpbb to newbb.
There are some major changes that need to be done and working is progressing slow, since i am at the same time finishing the last Beta version of CM2F for Phpbb and Pnphpbb.
Basically the concept behind cm2f is the following:
- Each mail have a message-id embedded in its header, and each time some one makes a reply or forward, this message id is transferred to the new mail. This allows for CM2F to track down messages in one thread.
Sometimes, some users just copy the body into a new system and using the same message title resend the message. This could potentially make the system loose the message, but to avoid this, Cm2F is configured to if not detecting a valid message-id, to try to detect the message, first taking in account of the existence of a "re:" or "fw:" ( or any other tags to a maximum of 6).
If aftewards no message is still found in the database, then the system will assume that the message belongs to a new thread.
- One a message is detected as belonging to a thread, then the system will simply move it to the forum database, under the actual thread.
In order to implement those functions, CM2F apports several ways of processing the messages, or directly from mailboxes, or directly from the sendmail daemon, from files, from mailinglists archives, etc...
It can be ran, or fully controlled by the site administrator, or in fully automated way, where by default it will managed messages as configured in the data structure that configures it operations performance.(in the middle there are other running modes).
The other functionality behing Cm2F is to move messages from the forum to the mailinglists, being able to keep track of it, and being able to reconduct replies directly to the originating forum.
- the final mode, and the main one behind my port to XOOPS (i tried with postnuke, but i didn't like to much) is the connection of Cm2F to the news and articles system, this, to have the system processing the first message in each thread as an article, and all the following one as comments to the article. The messages will all be saved in the forum.
These are the mains functions supported(to be supported News/Articles) with my mode.