We implemented Discourse for a client to replace their MailMan mailing list. For the most part, the new Discourse forum is functioning awesomely in its role as a replacement, but there seems to be one area that is problematic.
The forum’s members are all in mailing-list mode (they get notified of all posts). The whole forum is private. Authentication is handled using SSO to an MVC site.
In the last few days, members have been trying to couple of attachments to the group. The discussion is quickly approaching Godwin’s Law territory because the attachments are not actually included in the notification emails to the group.
The issue is many of the mailing list participants do not actually visit the forum to log in…Therefore the links in the notification email to the attachment block them with a login page. From there they would need to do the SSO sign in on the main site and know enough to click the original link in the email to get to the attachment again.
They are used to having the attachment included in the notification email. I understand all the reasons why including attachments in emails is a bad idea…I get it. But, maybe there is something that can be done so we could tokenize the links so they wouldn’t have to be protected or turn off authorization requirements for uploaded files.
If one of the goals is to replace mailing lists, I do believe this is an issue that will need to be addressed.
As always, I am willing to do whatever I can to help.
I have same problem .
And my idea is to make boot which is going to fetch through SSO site and do boot logins to make discource accounts.
Since we hold cardinals at “our” site we can read cardinals and make calls to discource SSO endpoint.
I am willing to help making MVC.net or WebForms control whic will do boot login to discource
Can I add my own “+1” here as well? Most of the attachments our members will be sending if/when we switch to Discourse will be images, which are displayed inline in notifications, but occasionally they’ll be sending PDFs and other miscellaneous files that really do need to be attached. An option to include non-image attachments would go a long way to helping us in this area.
Can this please be changed? What’s the point putting a picture in to a message if it’s not going to be received? The sender has no idea who (if any) of their recipients will be viewing it in the web browser. And worse still, the average user has no idea about this limitation.
Not sure you can take it back in even in the current state. If I edit a post and change/delete the attachment, is the original file deleted immediately from the Discourse instance or would the link originally sent over the email still work?