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  1. Quantum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    It's miniBB, link at bottom of page.
    It's not my favorite either but it was chosen and we have to live with it.

  2. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Why do we "have to live with it"?
    phpBB takes about 10 min to install, 10 min to configure, and probably 20 min to convert the miniBB database to phpBB. If I were the admin here, I would convert for sure.

  3. Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
    Moderator
    Posted 10 years ago #

    You talk as if phpBB causes a heavy load on the server. It's VERY little, especially with the "cache" folder CHMOD to 777 and GZip turned on.
    I run 4 or 5 forums on my shared account and it's no where near affecting the server.
    Now I could see being concerned about server load if you had 500 posts a day and 30 users online at once, but this forum is no where that big.
    I doubt phpBB would cause much more load with this many users.
    Just my 2 cents...

  4. Cena
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Just a comment...I've seen it said here before by allusion (I think) that the main things people find annoying (posting code, etc) about miniBB are simply turned off, at his discretion. That being the case, upgrading to phpBB2 wouldn't change anything, since presumably he'd disable the same functionality there.

  5. codergurl
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    phpBB is not all that great anyways, but neither is miniBB. The only problems we seem to have are with logging in (at least i do sometimes) and posting code. :P

  6. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 10 years ago #

    To be honest the code is the only thing that bothers me at this point. Everything else is pretty much tweaked to where I want it. I'll work on something for the code, most likely along the lines of html encoding everything within blocks. Switching to phpBB would mean probably between 5-10 hours of redoing the templates alone, not to mention importing old posts and users, somehow supporting the old URL scheme, making mod_rewrite rules for the new one and hacking the source files to output them, et cetera.
    I'm not saying miniBB is that great, or even suggesting it for anyone else. I'm certainly not saying that phpBB is bad, because I use it other places and like it. But it's not right for this.

  7. Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
    Moderator
    Posted 10 years ago #

    "I'm not saying miniBB is that great, or even suggesting it for anyone else. I'm certainly not saying that phpBB is bad, because I use it other places and like it. But it's not right for this."
    Okay. Good. :)

  8. huphtur
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    IF yur gonna switch, I would suggest using Invisionboard.
    It has a lot more features and is better documented.

  9. erogers
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    It would be nice if this forum offered email notification of replies to our posts or subscription to posts - regardless of the software chosen.

  10. otaku42
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    @erogers: that has already been addressed by allusion: if your post istn't interesting enough for you to check back for answers in this forum, that's your problem. That's not exactly the words that were chosen, but the basic meaning is the same :)

  11. gfmorris
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Heck ... if I'm really interested, I grab the RSS feed of a thread and stick it in my aggregator. :)

  12. Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
    Moderator
    Posted 10 years ago #

    @huphtur -
    Invision does have more admin options, but they are all thrown in there in a mess. Plus, I REALLY prefer the user interface of phpBB over Invision. Once phpBB 2.2 comes out, there should be no question from anyone which is better. ;)

  13. otaku42
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    @Viper: I'm using phpBB2 on one of my sites as well. But I think miniBB does the job here. The only thing that sucks is the problem regarding posting code. But as soon as allusion fixed that, miniBB is good enough for the purpose it fulfills here.

  14. codergurl
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    If this forum software were ever to be changed, Zorum seems like a nice script.

  15. gfmorris
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I run a phpBB board that got so big we had to get a dedicated server.
    If you're trying to build a community of users, that's one thing.
    If you're trying to have a support forum, miniBB seems like it does the job.
    Right tools for the job and all that ...

  16. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    How would you convert miniBB to phpBB so quickly, anyway? I'm switching a client to phpBB now and it isn't that easy. Spill the beans, back up the bravado and become a hero.

  17. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I like this forum. Is a change from the other heavyweights. :)

  18. skeen
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    OK, seen as this was dug-up, I might as well make a comment, as Im a phpBB fan. :)
    I do not agree with allusion's arguments on why the forum software was chosen, I think that maybe he has had no experience with phpBB... but I do think that this software is perfectly approproate for this board. A support board does not need anymore features than are included in this board... for example, why do I used WordPress/b2 over phpNuke? Nuke has way more features and a larger community, but I just dont need it! And its not as simple as WP/b2 is...
    PLUS...
    allusion LOVES Valid HTML... he even made is Gallery Valid! It would probably take quite a while to do the same with phpBB... and skinning phpBB isnt all that easy.

  19. gfmorris
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    While all the yammering in the world probably won't change Matt's mind [and if it did, well, I could drive to Houston and change it back, heh], I gotta say ... skimming this forum on dialup is a joy. phpBB, with all the geegaws involved, isn't.
    I say this as a phpBB administrator and MOD author, too.
    [Heck, if I were moderating this forum, I would have closed this topic long ago. -chuckle-]

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