Welcome to the AllStar Forum and Email Server

AllStarLink Community is the new app_rpt-users email list and forum. Community is both an email server and forum software. You can use it in either or both modes. If you prefer email rather than a forum follow these simple instructions to change your preferences to email list mode.

How to Sign Up

If you were a user on the app_rpt-users email list your email address is on this community forum but is not active. To activate it you must create a new user using that same email address. You may use a different email if you like but your old posts won’t be tied to that new email. Choose any password that meets the requirements. You will receive a link to confirm your email. Once you do that you be all set to start exploring.

What is AllStarLink

AllStarLink (aka ASL) is a network of licensed Amateur Radio stations including repeaters, remote bases and hot spots. These are accessible to each other via Voice over Internet Protocol. AllStarLink runs on a dedicated computer (including the Rasperry Pi) that you host at your home, radio site or computer center. It is based on the open source Asterisk PBX. Coupled with the app_rpt module it makes a powerful system capable of controlling one or more radios. It provides linking of these radio station “nodes” to other systems of similar construction anywhere in the world via VoIP. Our primary web site is www.allstarlink.org.

A Guide for New Users

A Guide for New Users is available from the Discourse folks.

Feature Highlightes

The features of Discourse are many. Here are a few of our favorites.

The new list is both an email list and a modern secure web forum/community type bulletin board. If you don’t like bulletin boards you can use only email. If you don’t like email you use only the bulletin board. Or you may do some combination of both.

It has a very versatile notification system. You may choose from a myriad options. The defaults work great so run with those until you become more familiar with the system.

You may unsubscribe from any topic (thread) and still remain on the list. In other words, if there is a rant on the list you don’t care about you can easily ignore the topic.

The app_rpt-users archive going back to 2005 has been moved into the new board. You can easily search for old posts right within the community. In fact, as you type a post you may optionally see like posts. That might show you an old post from years ago that may help answer your question even before you post. And all your own posts show up under your account profile.

Post are organized in chronological order from the oldest to the newest. The board remembers what you read and will drop you into a topic where you left off.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Powered by You

This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.