How to customize your project’s tickets, wiki, and discussion forum

By Community Team

SourceForge lets you customize some of its popular developer tools, such as tickets, wikis, and discussion forums. So let’s take a look at how to customize some of the more popular project tools.

While all of a project’s settings are found under the Admin link in your project’s menu, you can now locate the settings for the current tool (e.g. Wiki, Tickets) in the left side panel where they are much easier to find.

Every tool has a few settings in common. For example, you can change a tool’s label; maybe you want to call your wiki “Documentation” for example.  You can also set fine-grained permissions to control who can view, edit, and post comments. You can also delete tools that you don’t need.

Admin sidebar

 

Wiki Settings

Wiki options include the ability to set the default home page, as well as enable or disable per-page discussion comments.  If you want to make more room for your content, there are also options to hide the left sidebar and hide page metadata from showing.

Ticket Settings

Admin sidebar of tickets tool

Tickets have many customizable options.  Click on “Field Management” to customize the fields used for each ticket.  You can modify the open & closed ticket statuses, add additional custom fields, and select which fields show up in list views.  The “Edit Searches” page lets you save specific searches.  “Options” lets you enable voting on tickets, control email settings, and add custom messages to the New Ticket and main ticket listing pages.

Discussion Forum Settings

Admin sidebar for discussion forums

Discussion settings are mostly within each of the “Forums” in the tool.  You can have different forums for different topics, such as General, Help, Development, Translations, Plugins, etc.  Each forum can have its own view and post settings.

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