The vast majority of this forum was developed by Jeffrey Way as a tutorial on using Laravel at the brilliant Laracasts site.
If you are interested in the tutorial you can find it here https://laracasts.com/series/lets-build-a-forum-with-laravel
Also you can find the finished source code at https://github.com/JeffreyWay/council
The forum software is open source and we have provided the open source license information required by the author.
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