Hi there, their is much better forum software available on the net. I find this forum difficult and cumbersome to use.
Try www.vbulletin.com <-- if yo have mysql and php support, this is probably thebest piece of software available on the net.
You can see it in action at the forums at my site:
Hope it helps
my experience is different. I find this forum mechanics very efficient from a user point of view, esp the efficient search and the "recent Posts" facility.
Not to mention the ability to drop a flag as a marker for the thread you do not want to miss.
And StickyMail. If my memory serves, Brett started with a publicly available board system (memory fails here as to which, sorry) and has rewritten most of it to better suit our needs. Brett's unavailable for a day or two but I'd be surprised if his version is available.
<quote>It started out in life as Board Power (very little of that code left though).<unquote>
Here is the thread [webmasterworld.com]
This board kicks a**. It's the best board I've ever used, Brett should sell it.
>It's the best board I've ever used
>Brett should sell it.
It's my understanding that the last few vestiges of the old software will disappear very soon. There isn't much left now -can't be. We moderators have been turning in our own "design specs" for custom board apps since May -more than a half-dozen of them were major.
We started out with one board, BoardPower (vbulletin was the runner-up, don't know why BP was selected). Everybody said "yeah, it's great" and then immediately started asking BT to tear off one fender and bolt on another. Besides these, there were at least two major problems -can't recall what- that developed soon after WebmasterWorld got hot-hot-hot and we started piling up the posts into the thousands. Several other serious problems were uncovered along the way. At any rate, huge chunks of code were abandoned and new logic added -all done on the fly.
I'm running a combined chat and forum application on my web community. It's call Expressions, produced by eshare (http://www.eshare.com/products/internet/expressions/index.html). The templates can be a little tiresome to customise, but in the end you can get quite a lean forum out of it. The standard install has a bit of a **** design but all the templates are fully customisable. Biggest downside of this forum is the cost (around $5000 for a 100 chat user, unlimited forum users license).
Another Forum I've seen that is quite cheep (or maybe even free - can't remember now) is ASPBoard produced by [tippedcow.com...] - obviously this is Microsoft orientated so needs NT/2000 with IIS 4/5...but you can read that at their site... can't remember what platforms eshare Expressions was available for.
I have been searching for a good bb also.
I finally decided on this.
$200.00 plus I am paying someone else $157.00 to customize it (I just don't have the time to play around)
Seems like a decent bb however documentation is lacking.
Also you need MySql on your server to run it.
Minnapple, that looks good. You going Perl or PHP?
Sorry rcjordan for the late reply!
I need to add email notification on replies. Selected Perl
I have had the bb installed, all went well except the response rate of the installer. However he did do a good job on the install.
The adminstration functions and options are good and easy to manage.
I am happy, does not seem to need to much management and has alot of functionality.