• May 19, 2018, 11:19 p.m.

    Hey everyone!

    As first half of the year nears the end, I would like to share updated roadmap for the rest of 2018:

    Social Auth

    Currently under development, "Social Auth" means integration of python-social-auth into Misago's code, thus making it possible for site administrators to enable users to join or log in using their account in social site supported by aforementioned library.

    For power users python-social-auth exposes the framework for writing custom integration with oauth poviders that are not supported in the core.

    UPDATE: Social auth has been released in Misago 0.18!

    GDPR

    As soon as social auth gets released, I'll be moving on to implement features making it easier to comply with GDPR regulation that comes into effect in EU on 25th of May. Misago already implements data anonymization on account deletion, but there are two other tasks imposed on site administrators that could be supported in core package: adminable list of explicit consents and personal data export.

    UPDATE: GDPR has been released in Misago 0.19!

    Docker for local dev and production

    We want to make it easier to start and run Misago communities as well as to try it out locally to for those who want to see it's moderation and administration tools. Thanks to contributions from @einarf, it is now possible to get Misago running on your machine with zero file edits and no python knowledge by just 3 commands in terminal.

    The next step is to provide Docker setup that can be ran in production environments, simplifying long and tedious process of setting up and configuring Misago, UWSGI, Nginx, Lets encrypt with caching and email, as well as abstract away the process of editing settings.py. Instead user will be provided with basic config file and guide on how to go about different setups, with actual configuration using sane defaults being generate from that. Power-users will still be able to get their hands dirty with configuration files.

    UPDATE: As of 02.11.2018 Misago-Docker is available for production use.

    Removing Python 2.7, Python 3.4 and 3.5 support

    Increasing number of Python libraries are becoming Python 3.5-only, with special attention being given to Python 3.6 that brings async facilities and useable type annotations to the Python. I think its time to drop 2.7, 3.4 and 3.6 from Misago codebase, to open the way for those libraries, as well as to reduce current maintenance burden.

    Single Sign On/Integration with existing sites

    Top feature request of all time for Misago is easy integration with existing sites. While my original plan was to try make Misago easier to integrate with existing Django projects, after much exploration on the matter I have concluded that doing so would be a mistake, resulting solution nightmare to maintain and integrate with.

    Instead Misago will implement features enabling it to be configured to use cookie with JWT set by your site as well as to redirect users to your login/registration forms, as well as expose you additional API endpoint to forcefully update user from your own application if you wish so.

    GraphQL API, deprecation of JSON API

    When Facebook was demoing the GraphQL on ReactConf 2016, I've considered it interesting but terribly immature piece of technology. The time sure flies, and GraphQL together with tool ecosystem has matured a lot in those 2.5 years.

    Today I am convinced that GraphQL is the way to build API for modern web applications, and I want to replace current JSON API with new GraphQL API in one of future releases, making it a new requirement for new frontend.

    New frontend

    My grand vision for Misago is software package with two components: the server written in Django and exposing powerful API for building internet forum, and client written in TypeScript with React.js. If you want to customize looks, you can either fork default client, or write your own in whatever technologies you are comfortable with. The server will implement only the basic templates for clients that don't support JavaScript, such as some internet crawlers or web scrapers. It will also come with default client included so you don't have to install, build and deploy it separately to get started.

    Due to large scope of this change, it is unlikely to land in 2018, but it will also not be a blocker from making smaller maintenance releases adding small tweaks, fixes or features.

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  • Members 41 posts
    May 20, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

    shall we provide mobile client app version...

  • May 20, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

    I know that both NodeBB and Discourse are providing client app for mobile that you can take for free then release on app store for your users to use to access your community instead of responsive version. It's supercool, but also something that takes a lot of effort to get done, which makes it very unlikely to happen for Misago unless somebody else contributes it to the project.

  • Members 2 posts
    May 21, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

    good job.
    When will the subsections be implemented?

  • May 21, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

    As usual, things are released on the "when it's doneβ„’" basis, with no ETA being given until feature enters testing phase ;)

    Social Auth is basically done and has been deployed on this site for testing. I just want to add and test Facebook Login before releasing.

  • Members 41 posts
    May 24, 2018, 3:26 p.m.

    I would like to do , but not sure the license yet, if mobile code license is MIT then it probably conflict with misago license ? also some backend api need extends, eg: post thread with attachments, we want upload content file as zip file to server , this way is more better for mobile app ...

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    Aug. 10, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

    that would be interesting

  • Aug. 16, 2018, 1:03 a.m.

    Nothing set in stone yet, but recently I'm feeling that roadmap should be updated as Misago is increasingly needing the quality of life improvements for site administrators and developers. Especially the former would profit the great deal if we provided sort of docker-based setup together with useful tools and documentation for deployment and maintenance tasks:

    • perform some required configuration on fresh server
    • setup all services needed to run Misago (Python, UWSGI, PostgreSQL, Nginx, Let's encrypt, Crontab, Memcached, Mailing)
    • update Misago to current version (update settings.py and urls.py, collect static, run migrations)
    • backup and recover the Misago if things go wrong

    We could then stop writing update instructions as they are now, instead providing the release notes in our docs for power-users running custom deployments, and telling everybody else "just git pull the latest misago-docker (or your custom fork), run ./misago-cli check and, if its all-green, run ./misago-cli update".

    At first, I've wanted Misago to be super minimal and dumb with its dependencies, but this approach is limiting to my ambitions and features I would eventually like to provide in Misago. Celery is a bit of technology that is super python/Django centric, but would open the door to super cool features and experience improvements like watching categories generating user-posted link previews or making it faster to reply to posts. By making people use misago-docker for deployments, celery and task que setup could happen automatically, in the docker, and without needing for manual configuration by the admin.

  • Aug. 19, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

    I've updated the roadmap, reordering the items and adding new ones.

  • Sept. 29, 2018, 1:38 p.m.

    We'll soon start October, making it 3 months to end of the 2018. Its already obvious that not everything mentioned in OP will be shipped this year. Giving list a quick skim, I think its likely that by end of the year we'll have SSO support, move our codebase to Python 3.6/3.7 and have misago-docker to simplify setup and running Misago in the wild. GraphQL and new frontend are too big of a task to happen in 2018, and will have to wait to 2019. 😱

  • Members 8 posts
    Oct. 1, 2018, 11:29 p.m.

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    Oct. 9, 2018, 12:52 p.m.

    Hi rafalp.
    First of all thank you for your development.

    As I use GraphQL in my project and as you are going to use JWT and GraphQL, I just want to highlight the next two GraphQL projects that may help you to avoid some useless work:
    - flavors/django-graphql-jwt;
    - flavors/django-graphql-social-auth.

    django-graphql-social-auth uses Python Social Auth (as well as social-auth-app-django) and can use django-graphql-jwt... for JWT :).

    Look forward for GraphQL implementation! :)

  • Oct. 9, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

    Hi @Invisible

    Thank you for your suggestions. While I am planning to include JWT support in Misago, this will be in form of SSO cookie that can be set by one site in domain, and then read by Misago running in same domain to create/update user account. GraphQL API will likely continue to use Django Sessions ;)

    I've also skimmed those libraries and it seems that they all are for Graphene. I also don't want to spoil the surprise, but Misago will not be using it for its GraphQL API ;)

  • Members 1 post
    Oct. 19, 2018, 6:05 a.m.

    nice

  • Members 13 posts
    Nov. 2, 2018, 3:56 a.m.

    Waiting for new frontend.

  • Nov. 3, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

    I can't wait to start working on it, but need to land GraphQL first. And for GraphQL I need to update our server code a little.

    I will be also deprioritizing the "SSO" cookie support, Misago 0.20 will instead include admin interface for easier customization.

  • Members 6 posts
    Nov. 7, 2018, 1:24 p.m.

    One thing that would really put lift under the wings is themes and easy customization. We are going to set up forum using Misago and this thing have became my number one bummer with it.

    This is not blocker for us, but might be for many.

    Any plans to make custom theme production easier that it is at the moment?

    Anyway all looks very promising already as it is, so keep up the good work and thanks!

  • Nov. 7, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

    Thanks for feedback @rokkirokki. Could you provide more details on what problems or headscratchers with customizing Misago look exactly are you having now?

    I agree that this field is lacking currently, but different folk have different backgrounds and problems, so I'm trying to get a clearer picture here for how can I make this easier for you and your team.

  • Members 6 posts
    Nov. 7, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

    Well, making custom looks need some tinkering with code and forking such, which is out of the question for many. But still many would want to make their forums look their own, you know. This might be the fact that people are going for FlaskBB for example because it's easy to customize every template it has. They also have community made themes. this would be big thing for many you see.

    In fact at the moment only thing that is still kinda tipping the scale towards FlaskBB, but I'm not making that decision. It's totally up to our sysadmin to choose which we start to run and that's made only based on technical terms, not with any fancypansy blingbling for the sake of looks :)

    So if yours is satisfactory for him we go for Misago but if he decides that FlaskBB is fine by his standards (he's a bit OCD on the stuff running on his box you see :) then it's going to be that.

    I'd suggest to look into this and take this seriously in consideration. I'm sure it would be big thing to boost popularity of your efforts.

    Otherwise all looks fine and dandy! So keep up the good work!

  • Nov. 7, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

    Thanks for more context!

    I understand where you are coming from, but the way I feel about this currently, there is a split between web developers that embraced modern approach (eg. node.js, bundlers, js and css processors) and old ones (I just find the file, edit it, taadaa!).

    I will make things easier for people running their communities on Misago, but sadly it will never be the level of "just edit the template and it works". Misago is JavaScript application consuming the API from Python application. If you want to customize generated HTML, you need to fork the frontend. Currently, this requires you to fork the entire repo, but when new frontend hits, you will have to fork only the repo with frontend. Next improvement will be that you won't really have to really modify whole that lot in your fork. You may want to stick to editing just the Sass variables for theme colors, generate output css file, and then upload just that CSS file on your site via admin control panel.

    Or if you want to add extra CSS bit to your site, say override the CSS for .navbar .navbar-brand. Admin panel will have simple editor letting you add extra CSS snippet on top of already-existing CSS.

    This is the course I'm taking with how customizing Misago will look like. Maybe we will have web UI for changing the SCSS variables without having to do it on your machine, don't know yet.

  • Members 6 posts
    Nov. 7, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

    That would be excellent improvement if one could do basic customization via UI without any hassle. Colors and such. Of course full theming always needs hack'n'slash and it's just the way it is. If only there would be even couple dozen of community made themes for not-so-savvy people to choose from.

    Of course you need to decide what you want for your project and follow that path, it's of course how it is and should be.

    Just throwing some spare cents here...

  • Nov. 8, 2018, 7:01 a.m.

    You don’t have to make excuses for yourself. Any argument-backed feedback is valuable and appeeciated, yours included. :)

    I understand that customization is main pain, and I will be trying to make it as easy as possible for people - I am simply unable to inplement improvements at pace I would want to :C

    Thanks!

  • Members 6 posts
    Nov. 8, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

    I totally understand this. Especially when there isn't an army of developers behind the project. So relax and keep it good and proper rather than haste and release some gibberish!