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Ground-up rewrite of Beast, a Ruby on Rails forum.
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Latest commit d327bb7 Aug 6, 2009 @courtenay Rename some rhtml files


Altered Beast

The popular rails-based Beast forum, rewritten from the ground up with the same database and views.

  • full i18n (with German and English support)

  • updated for Rails 2.3.3

  • using rspec/model_stubbing

  • added a state machine for user logins

  • built-in multi-site support

  • spam protection from akismet/viking

  • forum authorization rules (public/private/invitation)

  • email and atom feed support

  • xml/json API (not 100% tested yet, fixing soon)

  • highline based easy console installer

  • internationalization via the I18n framework

Check out the code via git:

git clone git://


# download altered_beast
# gem install rails 2.3.3
$ mkdir log
$ rake tmp:create
$ rake app:bootstrap

Follow the instructions to create your database and load users.
Start the application with script/server and visit http://localhost:3000 to 
visit your new forum.
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