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    BPM Counter analyzes the tempo of incoming audio in beats per minute (bpm). The detection circuit looks for any transients, also known as impulses, in the input signal. Transients are very fast, nonperiodic sound events in the attack portion of the signal. The more obvious this impulse is, the easier it is for BPM Counter to detect the tempo.

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  • Waterhole – modern Laravel-powered community forum software
    I'm the original developer of Flarum - open-source forum software. In 2019 I left Flarum because of burnout. Source: 11 days ago
  • Show HN: Waterhole – modern community forum software
    Hey HN! I'm the original developer of Flarum[1] - open-source forum software. In 2019 I left Flarum because of burnout[2]. Generally speaking, I think open-source is a great fit for libraries[3], but less so for products. I wanted to be able to simplify the exchange: build a great product and sell it. It's been a few years but I'm excited to have just launched my follow-up project: Waterhole. - Source: Hacker News / 11 days ago
  • PhpBB 3.3.10
    I would name PunBB[0], which can be run on a potato computer. It was often configured to use SQLite database, so it really seems lightweight for CPU, disk and memory usage. In terms of source code - it was also very thin. Also Flarum [1] looks good in terms of being lightweight. It is based on Laravel Framework, so it has own pros and cons, but thanks to wise implementation of mithril.js it felt very fast from a... - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • PhpBB 3.3.10
    This has been mentioned before here, but I would like to high as a more modern (looking) alternative, minus the nostalgia of course. - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • Flarum for Community Forum? (PHP/Java)
    But I just discovered Flarum. It's an interesting value proposition. Similar to Discourse but coded in PHP/Java instead of Ruby On Rails. Lots of extensions. Everything open source. Has anyone had experience using Flarum as the home for their community? If so could you please share the good / bad? Any words of warning? Source: 5 months ago
  • Any Rust based forum software?
    I remember seeing an announcement of something a week or two ago which looked like a Discourse/Flarum clone to me (Flarum is the PHP analogue to Discourse) but I think it was being announced as sort of a way to self-host a subreddit, so I'm having trouble searching my bookmarks for it because of all the actual reddit URLs. Source: 7 months ago
  • Why Slack’s free plan change is causing an exodus
    Flarum ( is an interesting option. - Source: Hacker News / 9 months ago
  • 30 knowledge base tools for developers in 2022
    Flarum (Open Source) - Forums made simple. Modern, fast, and free! - Source: / 10 months ago
  • Best forum software for SEO?
    I haven't used it personally, but if I did need to set up a forum my choice would probably be Flarum Good modern design, free and open source! Source: 10 months ago
  • Best Forum Software to work with Drupal?
    I find it easier to have a dedicated subdomain to your forum, say , with a design/logo that matches the main website. From Drupal, you can create blocks with data from the forum (latest posts...) via the API or RSS. See Source: 12 months ago
  • GrapheneOS has moved away from Reddit to the combination of our new self-hosted discussion forum and our federated Matrix chat rooms controlled from our self-hosted official server. Both of these provide a much nicer user experience with a very knowledgeable community providing great answers/advice.
    Our forum is based on Flarum. Flarum is very lightweight and quick. It's entirely self-hosted and doesn't depend on external services. It's heavily based around extension support so the baseline is very minimal and we'll be able to extend it with the features we want to provide. We'll be configuring and extending it with a focus on privacy and security. For example, we've prevented external image links from... Source: 12 months ago
  • We are creating Wikipedia for India - need your suggestion on the roadmap
    We actually were trying to build our own but need to use the existing codebase. We are thinking of using, do you think it will work or should we use something similar to Reddit in terms of design? Flarum has extremely clean UX. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Easiest way to setup a (simple?) forum?
    Flarum is free and really easy to setup. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Discord is a black hole for information
    Discourse is an atrocious blob. If anyone is looking for a sleek forum software, Flarum is the answer IMO, It's PHP, but requires composer so not as easy to setup in shared hosting as old forum software like MyBB et al. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • I Miss RSS
    Very nice to see the author uses Flarum ( an open-source forum software to power his blog. Very innovative use! We also use Flarum to power our user feedback site for Orion browser another example of Flarum's ability to adopt to different use cases. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • If you were to start a community forum today, which PHP forum software would you choose and why?
    Https:// - but in reality it would be reddit or discord. Everyone already connected - why register? Source: over 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: What’s your favourite gratis self hosted FOSS forum software, as a user?
    Not sure it's my favorite, bur definitely the most used: A more recent alternative is - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Use forums rather than Slack/Discord to support developer community
    Forums are awesome for this context. It is most of the time better for privacy as well. But is it just me or whenever I use Discourse forum, my FB container in Firefox shows it has blocked something which FB uses to track me! This bugs me the hell out. And Discourse is everywhere too since it has an open source version. I think Flarum is awesome and maturing! ( - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Use forums rather than Slack/Discord to support developer community
    Do you already know Flarum? If so, dis you tried it? - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Welcome to the brand new Erlang Forums
    Have you checked out - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Welcome to the brand new Erlang Forums
    What about Flarum ( or Forem ( - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Flarum

IndieHackers: Best forum software
I used Flarum when trying to get a community set up for my product (ended up abandoning it to revisit when we have a larger customer base). It worked fairly well and I enjoyed it but it's definitely beta and unless you're fairly tech savvy it's not quite worth the setup / maintenance. Lots of config changes, crashes, huge issues with plugins, and some features missing. I'd suggest looking more into Discourse or...

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