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Threaded forum software.

 2:38 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi I am looking for a threaded forum software.

But it needs more administration option.

Some back ground:

* I don't own this message board, I used to be a moderator there (moderators are elected by vote every 6-12 months).

* During my time as a moderator I have experienced extreme difficulties with moderation inthe forum as all aspects of deleting posts, banning users are primitive.

* From the users point of view there is no problem, perhaps except for the fact that there is no built in search function. But they don't mind a change in the forum software as long as it helps the moderators, considering that the threaded style doesnt change.

* I am looking for a forum software, with the above mentioned qualities, that is preferably free.

* Also can someone tell what forum software they are using? Is it a custom built?

* You will have to register (free) to view that forum.

Any help is appreciated.
Thank You.


[edited by: rogerd at 3:09 am (utc) on Jan. 22, 2005]
[edit reason] No URLs please... [/edit]



 3:19 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi, Pavs, welcome to WebmasterWorld.

The threaded forum software titles that pop into mind are vBulletin (switchable between linear and threaded) and Allaire (not sure if this primitive software is still available). phpBB is linear, but there's at least one mod to make it threaded. I'm sure there are others that our members can suggest.


 3:37 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Actually I found what forum software it is, it's called WWWBoard. You don't have to visit the site and register in that forum in order to see it anymore you can check out the wwwboard website and look at the forum format that I am talking about.



 3:41 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

*shrug* Makes sense, Pavs - those who've used threaded in the past know why it's better for some things.

Problem is that there's not much OTHER than phpBB hacks/addons/fixes to do secure threaded these days. Allaire had MULTIPLE security holes - serious ones - in its last version (not even sure what that is now). There are some paid-hosting sorts of threaded fora out there, but I think that's not what you're wanting.

I would suggest you opt for the phpBB latest version with whichever of the thread-style fixes you like best (try phpBBHacks for a lot of usable fairly bug-free stuff if you can't find it at phpBB itself) and offer the option to either use the threaded style or the flat/linear style. You may find that people won't be too distressed by moving to the flat style....


 3:45 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Actualy your not supposed to post kw's like that either. That is the same thing as posting your url.


 3:56 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sorry again, new here. Didn't read all the rules before jumping to start posting :). Anyways the forum software is "WWWBoard", so you don't have to visit any webpage I recommended to see what forum software I am talking about.

vkaryl, I have tried phpbb and vbulletin suggested by Rogerd, unfortunately none of them have the "looks" that I am looking for. I am hoping that someone else will give my other suggestions.

Thank you.


 4:12 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Pavs, you have to look for hacks or additions to phpBB. Vanilla phpBB is flat, yes, but there are hacks out there (decent ones, too) to make it behave as threaded.


 4:35 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Found one hack so far called mobby threads, it's for phpbb. Looks decent, hopefully I will find some more.



 3:01 pm on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wwwboard is quite primitive-looking. I'd say it is best for very low-volume forums where topical organization isn't needed and individual threads don't get too long. I've used these several times (as a member, not an admin) and I found them awkward to navigate, particularly when one has to click on each message to read it.

If you use wwwboard, I highly recommend NOT putting it in a directory of that name (if the software allows that) - I looked at a few functioning boards, and all but one had spam posts. Disguise the software origins as much as possible to avoid being spammed by bots or humans.

Another possibility is Discusware - this is another Perl/CGI board that offers a sort of pseudo-threaded search view, although each thread develops in linear form from what I can tell.

Whatever you choose, be sure that it has strong security and admin/mod functions. Forum spam and forum hacks are a big problem these days, and you need all the firepower you can get.


 1:08 am on Jan 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I mentioned it in another thread -- so soon it'll look like I'm spamming ;o) -- but Phorum is threaded. Its php, not perl, if that matters.

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