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To setup (not active yet) based on as a question and answer support forum for the Fedora community. This describes how to set it up and customize it from scratch.

Contact Information

Owner: Fedora Infrastructure Team

Contact: #fedora-admin

Persons: mether pjp

Sponsor: nirik



Purpose: To host Ask Fedora

Creating database

# yum install askbot postgresql postgresql-server

# su - postgres

$ cd /var/lib/pgsql/data

$ initdb $PWD

$ exit

# service postgresql start

# psql -U postgres

postgres# create user askfedora with password 'xxx';

postgres# create database askfedora;

postgres# ALTER DATABASE askbot owner to askbot;

postgres# \q;

# psql -U askbot -W askbot


Setting up the forum

Run the following command and answer the questions asked


FIXME: steps to configure Apache and editing

Adding first user as admin


Change settings within the forum

  • Data entry and display:

Disable "Allow asking questions anonymously" Enable "Force lowercase the tags" Change "Format of tag list" to "cloud" Change "Minimum length of search term for Ajax search" to "3" Change "Number of questions to list by default" to "50" Change "What should "unanswered question" mean?" to "Question has no answers"

  • Email and email alert settings

Change "Default news notification frequency" to "Instantly"

  • Flatpages - about, privacy policy, etc.

Change "Text of the Q&A forum About page (html format)" to the following

Ask Fedora provides a community edited knowledge base and support forum for the Fedora community. Make sure you read the FAQ and search for existing answers before asking yours. If you want to provide feedback, just a question in this site! Tag your questions "meta" so that the feedback is highlighted to the administrators of Ask Fedora.

  • Q&A forum website parameters and urls

Change "Site title for the Q&A forum" to "Ask Fedora: Community Knowledge Base and Support Forum"

Change "Comma separated list of Q&A site keywords" to "Ask Fedora, forum, community, support, help"

Change "Copyright message to show in the footer" to "All content is under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License. Ask Fedora is community maintained and Red Hat or Fedora Project is not responsible for content"

Change "Site description for the search engines" to "Ask Fedora: Community Knowledge Base and Support Forum"

Change "Short name for your Q&A forum" to "Ask Fedora"

Change "Base URL for your Q&A forum, must start with http or https" to ""

  • Sidebar widget settings - main page

Disable "Show avatar block in sidebar"

Disable "Show tag selector in sidebar"

  • Skin and User Interface settings

Upload "Q&A site logo"

Upload "Site favicon" to Fedora ico file

Set "Skin media revision number" to 2

Enable "Apply custom style sheet (CSS)"

Upload the following custom CSS

#ab-main-nav a {
color: #333333;
background-color: #d8dfeb;
border: 1px solid #888888;
border-bottom: none;
padding: 0px 12px 3px 12px;
height: 25px;
line-height: 30px;
margin-right: 10px;
font-size: 18px;
font-weight: 100;
text-decoration: none;
display: block;
float: left;

#ab-main-nav a.on {
height: 24px;
line-height: 28px;
border-bottom: 1px solid #0a57a4;
border-right: 1px solid #0a57a4;
border-top: 1px solid #0a57a4;
border-left: 1px solid #0a57a4; /*background:#A31E39; */
background: #0a57a4;
color: #FFF;
font-weight: 800;
text-decoration: none

#ab-main-nav a.special {
font-size: 18px;
color: #072b61;
font-weight: bold;
text-decoration: none;

/* tabs stuff */
.tabsA { float: right; }
.tabsC { float: left; }
.tabsA a.on, .tabsC a.on, .tabsA a:hover, .tabsC a:hover {
background: #fff;
color: #072b61;
border-top: 1px solid #babdb6;
border-left: 1px solid #babdb6;
border-right: 1px solid #888a85;
border-bottom: 1px solid #888a85;
height: 24px;
line-height: 26px;
margin-top: 3px;
.tabsA a.rev.on, tabsA a.rev.on:hover {
padding: 0px 2px 0px 7px;
.tabsA a, .tabsC a{
background: #f9f7eb;
border-top: 1px solid #eeeeec;
border-left: 1px solid #eeeeec;
border-right: 1px solid #a9aca5;
border-bottom: 1px solid #888a85;
color: #888a85;
display: block;
float: left;
height: 20px;
line-height: 22px;
margin: 5px 0 0 4px;
padding: 0 7px;
text-decoration: none;
.tabsA .label, .tabsC .label {
float: left;
font-weight: bold;
color: #777;
margin: 8px 0 0 0px;
.tabsB a {
background: #eee;
border: 1px solid #eee;
color: #777;
display: block;
float: left;
height: 22px;
line-height: 28px;
margin: 5px 0px 0 4px;
padding: 0 11px 0 11px;
text-decoration: none;

a {
color: #072b61;
text-decoration: none;
cursor: pointer;

border:3px solid #CCCCCC;
background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #DDDDDD, #FFFFFF);