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Activities: ForumNG

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
Alternative forum with AJAX and management features

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 (


This plugin is part of set Open University.


Picture of sam marshall
sam marshall (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Jason Platts
Jason Platts: Current lead developer
Picture of Alan Thompson
Alan Thompson: Technical developer
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Alan Carter: Technical developer
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  • 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!
  • not cusack
    Sat, May 3, 2014, 7:58 PM
    Hi there,
    I get an error when I try show usage (using 2.6.2) and the latest copy of Forum NG (2014021200):

    [Sat May 03 21:31:43 2014] [error] [client] Default exception handler: Error reading from database Debug: Unknown column 'count' in 'order clause'\n\n SELECT count(,\n from mdl2_forumng_flags ff\n inner join mdl2_forumng_posts fp on = ff.postid\n inner join mdl2_forumng_discussions fd on = fp.discussionid\n where fd.forumngid = ?\n and fd.deleted = 0\n and fp.deleted = 0\n and fp.oldversion = 0\n \n group by\n order by count desc, desc LIMIT 0, 5\n[array (\n 0 => '6',\n)]\nError code: dmlreadexception\n* line 443 of /lib/dml/moodle_database.php: dml_read_exception thrown\n* line 933 of /lib/dml/mysqli_native_moodle_database.php: call to moodle_database->query_end()\n* line 310 of /mod/forumng/feature/usage/usage.php: call to mysqli_native_moodle_database->get_recordset_sql()\n, referer:

    I did get an installation error when I installed the latest copy of ForumNG but it went through after I purged caches. Could it be that this is a hangover from an incorrect installation?
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Tue, May 6, 2014, 4:08 PM
    Guido, that looks like an error due to a problem with the query in mysql (we haven't tested on that for some time). It's probably a simple fix in that the count field is not explicitly defined - in postgres you don't need to...

    Errors can be reported in the github project; I've raised this issue for you:
  • not cusack
    Thu, Jun 5, 2014, 6:31 PM
    Thanks for raising the issue, Jason. I've upgraded my production site to 2.7 and FourmNG won't install. That means some of my older forums no longer work. Is there a way to transfer posts made back to a regular forum? You can transfer forum>forumng but can you go backwards as well?
    I should have obviously checked this before upgrading, but it's done now.
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Thu, Jun 5, 2014, 6:42 PM
    I'm afraid there is no mechanism to switch forumng content over to core forums. There are known issues with forumng in 2.7 (as reported to the github site e.g., but unfortunately we will not be releasing any 2.7 official fixes until August/September.
  • Picture of Chess Black
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014, 11:01 PM
    We have both Forum and ForumNG, and I am wondering what the main differences are? We are running Moodle 2.6.4
    Also is it possible to transfer or restore Forum discussions into ForumNG to allow them to be downloaded in their entirity? disciusiions which are
  • Picture of Christoph Ruda
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014, 7:40 PM
    Hi Jason,
    Would it be possible to give us an update on the progress with updating ForumNG to 2.7 / 2.8 please?
    Many thanks.
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014, 8:10 PM
    There is presently no work to update to 2.8 as we have only just moved to 2.7.

    It is likely that we will have an official release of 2.8 version in June, with pre-release code available in GitHub late Feb.

    If there are any issues on 2.8 that can be safely, and easily, fixed on 2.7 then we would consider doing this and updating GitHub master also.
  • Picture of Christoph Ruda
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014, 8:17 PM
    Thanks for your reply. Does this mean that version 2.6 works on 2.7 with the fixes made in August?
    Regarding compatibility with 2.8 I'm happy to test it as soon as I have access to my 2.8 dev installation.
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014, 8:19 PM
    Using the current github master version is recommend for 2.7, or wait for the download here which will be added in 2 weeks.
  • Picture of Christoph Ruda
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014, 8:22 PM
    Excellent, thanks.
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