SCRIBA Overview


SCRIBA is the Dioscouri "Conversations" component! It enables private conversations between all users on your Joomla website, and functions the same on your admin-side as it does on the front-end.

If you operate a community-based Joomla website, then you probably have some basic components: a user profile manager, a forum, and a private messaging system (PMS). 

SCRIBA is our first step into PMS’s, and we’ve started from the ground up. If you’ve ever used BaseCamp, then you’ll recognize the layout and identify with the beauty of its simplicity.

But that’s where SCRIBA is deceiving. Check out our SCRIBA Demo (currently only for Joomla! 1.5). Take a second to login to the Admin-side and disable the "Scriba - Participants" Plugin, and then enable the "Scriba - Members" plugin. Then return to the Scriba component. You’ll notice that the functionality of SCRIBA has completely changed.

We built the Scriba component to serve multiple purposes. It is at once a component for users to leave notes to themselves but also a terrific tool for encouraging private conversations between your users that are hosted on your sites (like Facebook emails!). Additionally, with the use of plugins, you can make Scriba look and operate ANY WAY YOU WANT IT TO. 

Here are some additional plugins that SCRIBA could have:

  • Emails - users send/receive emails when a new comment is added to a conversation. The ‘Settings’ can be user-specific, so a user can determine whether or not to receive the emails
  • Editors - users can select whether or not to use a WYSIWYG editor when writing in SCRIBA
  • Labels - users can create their own labels for conversations to help with organizing them (like in Gmail)
  • Avatars - instead of the default ‘message’ icon showing up next to each new comment, a user’s avatar/photo could be displayed there
  • Attachments - users could upload file attachments to their comments

The possibilities are endless here — its all up to your imagination! Please check out the SCRIBA demo and let us know your thoughts in our Support Center so we can incorporate them into SCRIBA’s next release.




  • Joomla! v1.5.12+ (1.5.25+ recommended) [NOT supported on J1.6/1.7/2.5]
  • PHP 5.2+
  • MySQL 4.3+

An Intuitive Dashboard

SCRIBA uses our intuitive Dioscouri Dashboard.  From here you have quick access to each of your component's major functions, as well as one-click access to help in the Dioscouri Support Center and Forums.

Our standard left-colum design also allows for quick access to each of your component's options, regardless of where you are within it.

SCRIBA dashboard


SCRIBA has a highly accessible conversation list, which makes it incredible simple to identify unread messages and conversation participants.




Entire Conversations

SCRIBA makes it easy to finally see an entire conversation rather than just a single private message.

Our SCRIBA plugin system also enables you to change the standard "Comment" icon to a user's avatar, which makes viewing conversations and identifying participants an absolute pleasure.


SCRIBA conversations

Plugin Friendly

SCRIBA is written to allow you to extend *and replace* its core functions.  To demonstrate exactly what this means, we have already written an alternative plugin to the core "Select Participants" plugin.

This alternative plugin allows your users to select conversation participants with a checkbox list rather than the auto-complete of the core plugin.

The point is that you can make SCRIBA be anything you want it to be!



plugin friendly


It uses the native Joomla! 1.5 language system, so with the use of a free component such as com_translationmanager, you can translate it into your own language with just a few clicks. By default, the English language file is installed.

Charter Membership Required

A subscription is required to download this component.  You can sign up for a subscription here.


  • Access to download all core SCRIBA files
  • Updates for 1 or 6 month(s)


  • Direct support from us through our Support Center for 1 month
  • Access to downloads and upgrades for 1 month

If your subscription for a particular component is still active, you may download the newest available version immediately.

When your subscription expires, you may continue using the component without restriction.  However, you will not have access to our support or upgrades.

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