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Activities: ForumNG

Alternative forum with AJAX and management features
Maintained by: Picture of sam marshall sam marshall, Picture of Jason Platts Jason Platts, Picture of Alan Thompson Alan Thompson, Picture of Alan Carter Alan Carter


This plugin is part of set Open University. Plugins from the set work the best when installed together.

This is an alternative forum that you can install into standard Moodle.

It does not replace the standard forum, and operates alongside it. You can copy forums from the standard forum into ForumNG format if you like (...and if it works; this hasn't been tested lately).

Please note: This plugin is no longer supported in Moodle Tracker. All support requests should be via the GitHub repository issue tracker (


Picture of Alan Carter
Alan Carter: Technical developer
Picture of Alan Thompson
Alan Thompson: Technical developer
Picture of Jason Platts
Jason Platts: Current lead developer
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sam marshall (Lead maintainer)
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  • Picture of David Codish
    Thu, Aug 8, 2013, 1:36 AM
    I've just installed it on 2.5. I had no problem connecting the activity to a block but then I got several error messages while clicking different options. The Moodle auto fixed them so only 1 error per button. Weird.

    Anyway - now I have a forum but I don't have a button for adding a new post. Idea?
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Thu, Aug 8, 2013, 4:03 PM
    There are a number of minor issues with forumng running on 2.5+ so it is not recommended to use it in these versions at present. These issue will be addressed over the next few weeks as we have only just switched to 2.5.1 code base at the OU. The working code will then be available in the github repository (master branch) prior to the 'official' 2.5 version release in December.

    Any issues spotted can be raised in the github project - this is especially useful if you spotted an issue that isn't so obvious e.g. a warning on a page buried behind a lot of options.
  • Picture of Jean-Michel Védrine
    Wed, Aug 14, 2013, 8:40 PM
    I wanted to contribute some adjustments to the French translation for forumng. Apparently it is not possible to use AMOS to do so, because forumng is not in the component list.
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Wed, Aug 14, 2013, 10:07 PM
    Thanks Jean-Michel, you can do so just by submitting updates in the code via the forumng github project. Hopefully the AMOS support will start working with the next published release (in 3 weeks time).

    If you do make changes please can you briefly outline the reason for the changes where practical in the issue; this is because my French isn't great, so I just need to be sure that your changes are OK (and not because you use different terminology in your institution or something).

  • Picture of Jean-Michel Védrine
    Fri, Aug 16, 2013, 1:53 AM
    Hello Jason,
    No I didn't make any specific change, and I think my changes are suitable for everyone. Here is a summary of what I did:

    - added missing files and strings
    - corrected a few typos
    - corrected a few strings where the placeholders were incorrect
    - used UTF-8 characters rather than entities for accented characters

    tthe change are on my gihub account in the french branch.
    I will create a pull request as soon as I learn how to do it smile
  • Picture of JD Moodle
    Sat, Sep 14, 2013, 12:50 PM
    Hi, how stable is Forum NG for Moodle 2.4.x?
  • Picture of Thelma Polanco-Perez
    Wed, Dec 11, 2013, 4:09 AM
    Hello Jason,
    I installed ForumNG on our Moodle 2.5.2+ Linux test server. My team is really happy with all the features it will bring to our Faculty.

    One question I have is: Is there a way to modify the php code to allow word count on forum posts? Our Faculty is using that function to grade students participation. Any help will be appreciated.

  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Wed, Dec 11, 2013, 5:28 PM
    Where would word count be shown? If it were somewhere that uses a renderer function you can override these within your theme to add in a word count. Unfortunately the participation screen (which is where this would most naturally sit) doesn't use a renderer function so that would have to be a local change. We are looking to add to and improve this area so word count might be something we could consider to add ourselves.
  • Picture of Thelma Polanco-Perez
    Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 5:39 AM
    Hi again,
    In the standard forum, the word count is displayed at the end of each post. The forum setting has the option of displaying it or not.

    I don't think the setting can be overridden within themes if we use ForumNG; however, there are two files (mod/forum) that seems to keep the code for the wordcount: lib.php and mod_form.php. I wonder if they could be modified locally. Any ideas?
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 5:03 PM
    You could certainly add the word count into the theme by having a renderer override render_post(). However I'm not sure how you would have that controllable without a local change e.g. it would appear on every forum.
  • Picture of Isabelle Langeveld
    Sat, Jan 18, 2014, 9:37 PM
    There does not seem to be any documentation on ForumNG, so I don't know where to find ans answer for my burning question: if you use groups in a forum, are notifications of posts sent to just the group it is posted in or to all participants?
  • Picture of sam marshall
    Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 6:20 PM
    Isabelle: We would encourage people to write documentation on ForumNG. smile

    I suggest testing if you have a complex situation, but off the top of my head the answer is, if you are subscribed to an entire forum, then you receive notifications for all the groups that you can access. So if it's a separate-groups forum and you are a student, then you would only receive emails for your group and not for the other groups you can't see.

    If you have access to more than one group, it's also possible (at user's option) to subscribe to only specific groups (this is normally useful for teachers who have access to multiple groups but are only actually supposed to be moderating a single one, or for visible-groups forums).
  • Just wondering . . .
    Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 6:39 PM
    Isabelle, there is no decent documentation that I know of, just some chicken scratchings here:

    If you test this out, you can as Sam suggests write stuff.

  • Picture of Isabelle Langeveld
    Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 10:09 PM
    @Sam, this would be absolutely wonderful because it doesn't work like that in the standard Moodle forums. If you have access to one of several separate group you DO receive emails from all groups. I read a post about this, but can't find it anymore.
  • Picture of April Cookson
    Fri, Mar 28, 2014, 4:13 AM
    I just installed ForumNG on Moodle 2.5.2, and it works great. It is so exciting to be able to see all of a student's postings and grade on one screen. Thanks so much for creating this!
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