Swanny007 - 9:48 pm on Sep 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
...Once it picks up and can justify the expense, I may consider switching to VBulletin, but for now, it needs to be a free solution...
I thought that too years ago. Really there's not much difference between phpBB and vB in my opinion. Not worth the additional cost even though I can afford it. Sure, vB fan boys will give you a big list of features and why it's great but I think a lot of it is unnecessary. I see no need to add a pile of things into my forums.
By far the best and first thing you should do after installing a forum is to put in place an anti-spam mod. There's a good one that I've been using on phpBB that asks the user a question when they sign up. They have a multiple choice drop-down box with the potential answers. Pick the wrong item and you don't get registered. Humans have no problem picking the right answer, bots have a heck of a time ;-)