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Creating My First Forum

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8:01 pm on Jun 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am about to create my first forum but before I do I wonder if anyone might have some advice for a beginner.

Is it worth the effort to code the forum myself or should I just go with a forum software package, like phpBB?

Does anyone think it is worth the money to pay people to be forum members, in the beginning?

What would you consider to be a reasonable timeframe to create an actual community? Six months, a year, more?

Any advice about forums is greatly appreciated.

10:09 pm on June 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You're probably best off going with a package such as phpBB. I'm not sure which one is the best though.

Having no exerience with this myself, I find the idea of paying someone to make your forum look active kind of cheesy. You're probably better off announcing it to other places where you're a member, and trying to get a few people to drop by. At least, that's how I got my first (and so far only) member. Once my site looks more finished I'll probably announce it to a couple more forums, and set up a myspace page with a link, but mostly I'm hoping once I get some content up there people will find the site through google searches.

As for timeframe, well again I have no idea. It probably varies on the drawing power of your subject. For instance a gaming community might find members a lot faster than a knitting community. I'd only probably worry if you never saw any community growth...

12:29 am on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Make use of phpbb. Why do you want to waste time coding? If you know php then it is better to modify phpbb to suit your need. Furthermore, you will be wasting time fixing bugs and security loopholes of your software. With phpbb, you will have others to do that job for you. It is better to spend time posting in the forum.

Thinking about hiring someone? Do it only if you are a millionaire.

Timeframe? Judging by the rate of my less than six months old forums, I think I could've more than 10,000 to 100,000 posts if I created them six years ago.

5:52 am on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Use phpbb. You can pay money and that certainly motivates people but make sure it works like performance incentive.

Golden Rule: Always share the revenue with your members. I am ready to share even upto 75% of my revenue with community members but the model has to be and has to be towards participation.

8:06 am on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mistra,
Do you think phpBB is more secure than hand written code? I would have thought it would be the other way around. I only say that because my current site are constantly being scanned for phpBB files.

As far as paying members, I have seen many freelancers who will become forum members to your site for $0.25-$0.50 a post. Seems like a pretty reasonable price to get the ball rolling.

Thanks to all of you guys for the tips!

5:57 pm on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mistra,
Do you think phpBB is more secure than hand written code? I would have thought it would be the other way around. I only say that because my current site are constantly being scanned for phpBB files.

If I am allowed to answer :) then I will like to support your notion with all my words. PhpBB is attacked more often that any other forum application. I myself have faced such problems. I have taken some precautions and I will need more time to explain it. Latest security patches are very much imp.

As far as paying members, I have seen many freelancers who will become forum members to your site for $0.25-$0.50 a post. Seems like a pretty reasonable price to get the ball rolling.

Yes, you can try this and it works sometimes. It has worked for me.
10:54 pm on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the answers AjiNIMC. :)

What kind of attacks can I expect if use phpBB? I was thinking of adding a feature that would force a review of any posts that include links, to avoid link spamming. What else should I expect?

I've spoken with a couple of people about being paid forum members and I think I should be able to afford them. Do you think that having 10 active forum members, who all post a few times a day, is enough to get the ball rolling?

Thanks again for taking the time to answer my previous questions.

6:28 am on June 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What kind of attacks can I expect if use phpBB? I was thinking of adding a feature that would force a review of any posts that include links, to avoid link spamming. What else should I expect?

Guest or members with less than 100 posts are not allowed to post links. This works. Members above 100 posts should be consider loyal and should be allowed to swim freehand.

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7:19 am on June 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mistra,
Do you think phpbb is more secure than hand written code? I would have thought it would be the other way around. I only say that because my current site are constantly being scanned for phpBB files.

If you are a good programmer who could write a secure code, then go ahead and create your own forum. phpbb being an open source software and the most popular free forum of course are more likely to be targeted by hackers as hackers are more likely to hack a well known forum software that is known to them than taking the trouble to hack an unknown software.

But if you are not a good programmer, e.g. not using stored procedure to prevent SQL injection (I am just giving an example as one might argue here that stored procedure does not prevent SQL injection), then it is better to make use of phpbb as whenever a bug is found, you could find a quick fix to it as there is a community taking care of this software, a community that is always trying to find its flaws and fix the flaws and improvise it. If you are to do it yourself, you will be wasting time developing the forum and most probably spent a lot of time testing the software before starting your forum. To me, it is better to use that time to post in your own forum, or pay someone to write the software for you e.g. buying vbulletin board. :D

12:33 pm on June 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the advice Mistra.

I checked out phpBB. It has most of features I want already built in so I will probably use it. I was only curious if any advantages could be gained by writing my own forum software. I am sure I could code it myself but as you suggested my time would probably be better spend on other things.