Advanced Forum builds on and enhances Drupal's core forum module. When used in combination with other Drupal contributed modules, many of which are automatically used by Advanced Forum, you can achieve much of what stand alone software provides. Because it uses the core forum module, it uses the node and comment system built into Drupal and is completely integrated, not a bridge. While it doesn't have all of the features of stand alone forum applications, being completely integrated into your site provides advantages that they don't.
Please note: There is a core issue that affects the post count on the forum overview when using access control modules. Please follow #1241854: Any Updates on Incorrect Number of Posts Patch for Drupal 7? rather than posting an issue here as we are now up to 4 duplicate issues in the AF queue on this core issue. Thanks!
This note is from Michelle:
Now and then I get people thanking me for Advanced Forum. While I appreciate it, I want to be sure the credit is going to the right people. For a long time, it was mostly just me working on this project. I created it and mothered it and put in most of the work. But not anymore.
I am not the one that ported it to Drupal 7 and I have not been caring for it for some time aside from occasionally helping out in the issue queue. troky and mcdruid (D7 & D6 respectively) stepped up and have been the driving force behind keeping this project going when my life took a different direction. My name is listed as the author for convenience but they are the ones putting in all the work. Please send them your thanks.
- All versions require core Forum and a PHPTemplate based theme. Core Statistics is required for the "views" column in topic listings but not a hard requirement as the column can be removed.
- D6 1.x requires Author Pane 2.x.
- D6 2.x requires Chaos Tools and Views. Some features require Node Comments 2.x.
- D7 requires Views and CTools.
- For a complete forum package, see this list of other contrib modules.
Last updated: March 19, 2012
- D6 1.x: This branch is feature complete and will only be getting security fixes and possibly bug fixes at this point. Support requests are iffy due to time constraints. Even though this is the stable branch, you should consider using 2.x if you don't require absolute stability.
- D6 2.x: mcdruid is maintaining this branch. At this point, it's pretty much feature complete and just needs the bugs worked out. We're aiming to get a full release of the 6.x-2.x branch out in the next few months, and would welcome help doing so.
- D7 2.x: Troky ported and is maintaining this branch.
- The future: Michelle is currently working on Artesian Forum. This is a new, entity based, forum that might replace Advanced Forum some day or may just exist along side it depending on the differences and the continuing demand for Advanced Forum. Either way, Artesian is a very long way off and there will be an upgrade/sidegrade path to it at some point. So there is no worry about using Advanced Forum for your projects as it is not a dead end.