Using PhpBB as an email listserver

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Using PhpBB as an email listserver

Post by Tom Clark »

Hi,

I am doing a product evaluation for a non-profit office that wants a bulletin board that works like a email listserver. Is there a way to get a forum to accept posts via email and then send that post out to all subscribers and then keep a copy of the post in the forum/topic?

I have thought that a workaround could be for people to post one message in a "email list" forum and check the "notify me when a reply is posted" box. Then instead of sending out a generic notice, the system could send out the actual message. If someone felt they needed to respond, then they could login to the system and post a response?

Anyway, for our purposes we want authorized persons to be able to email each other through phpbb and to keep those emails in the forum as an archive. Any thoughts?
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Post by Noobarmy »

this sounds VERY complicated. to evaluate u want:
  • Posts to be done via email
  • Emails then to be sent to ALL users notifying htem of said posts
  • Then being able to reply
Where there might be flaws in this:

Posts to be done via email -> How the hell would this work? Where would emails be sent to? How would they be processed?

Emails then to be sent to ALL users notifying htem of said posts -> I'm sure thsi might be acheiveable

Then being able to reply -> also acheiveable.

sounds rather complicated.............. :P
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Post by MarkTheDaemon »

It's actually not that complicated, and someone asked the exact same question a couple of days ago on this very forum. They searched and found a add-on that will do exactly what you require

Try searcing on this forum and if that fails Google :)

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well beein noobish i find most things complicated :D
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MarkTheDaemon wrote: It's actually not that complicated, and someone asked the exact same question a couple of days ago on this very forum. They searched and found a add-on that will do exactly what you require


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Post by espicom »

Tom Clark of TAC fame?

You can add "topic notification" to PHPBB with the capability to email the contents of each message to those who subscribe, but it requires that they come to the board to post replies. There is an on-again, off-again effort to have two-way email to the board by a few people, but it requires some specialize access to the servers involved to set up.

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Re: Using PhpBB as an email listserver

Post by Dave Bean »

I've had the very same question on why I need to run somewhat duplicate applications. We run phpBB for the message board and Yahoo list server for proactive emails. Sure seems like there would be a great benefit to be able to combine the functions.

The part I'm not sure about is how do we know the emails in that will post are coming in from who we think they are?
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