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    Free Forum Software

    Hello

    Which of these software do you prefer? (these are only high quality boards).

    1- phpBB 1.4
    2- phpBB 2.0 (CVS Yet)
    3- Open BB (openbb.net)
    4- Yab
    5- XMB
    6- Burning Board (woltlab.de)

    Mac

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    for functionality i'd go with XMB...

    but phpBB2's looking good too and it shld be the king of the hill when the final release version is out...

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    phpBB, because it's the only one I've used. phpBB 2.0 looks good too.

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    Have a look at OpenBB and Burning Board and you may change your idea.

    redemption:

    I like XMB, but it has a very bad feature that forced me not to use it. It shows user emails to everyone and does not support PM.

    Mac

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    Wink

    YaBB is quite good IMO, see sig for an example

    cheers!
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    burning board is an illegal copy of vbulletin ;p

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    It does look like a rip off of vbulletin, wonder how they get away with it?
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    phpBB.

    I find it to be the best. Use phpBB2 RC1.

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    Having tried a number of free boards over the years, I have recently installed phpBB2 RC1 and I am VERY impressed. By far the best I have ever used.


    affordable website design

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    I took a look at Burning Board few days ago....very similar interface to vBulletin.

    Has anyone yet compared the code of wBulletin (thats what they call Burning Board ??) and vBulletin ??

    I hear many people who have bought vBulletin say that wBulletin is an "illegal distro" of vB, but do they have any evidence to show it except for the fact that the interface is quite similar ??

    I haven't used vB (don't have the money yet...), and have had a look over the wBulletin template and file structures. They might have tried to create an interface similar to vB by intent.....

    Just wanted to clarify how can people term it as "illegal" vB just on basis of similarity in interface...

    curious...

    (phew...its my lack of money speaking...??)

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    Originally posted by TheRock
    I took a look at Burning Board few days ago....very similar interface to vBulletin.

    Has anyone yet compared the code of wBulletin (thats what they call Burning Board ??) and vBulletin ??

    I hear many people who have bought vBulletin say that wBulletin is an "illegal distro" of vB, but do they have any evidence to show it except for the fact that the interface is quite similar ??

    I haven't used vB (don't have the money yet...), and have had a look over the wBulletin template and file structures. They might have tried to create an interface similar to vB by intent.....

    Just wanted to clarify how can people term it as "illegal" vB just on basis of similarity in interface...

    curious...

    (phew...its my lack of money speaking...??)
    BurningBoard is not an illegal copy and the code is not copied. The vBulletin developers have made that point clear on the vB forums that I visit. It seems just the organization, navigation, and scheme/feel are similar, but then again, vB's were and are similar to UBB's original design.

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    All forums influence each other anyway.

    I would say phpBB2 RC1.

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    so y use vbulletin when i can use burning board for free

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    Originally posted by NetEthusiast
    so y use vbulletin when i can use burning board for free
    VB has a large fan following and a great existing support community.
    Burning Board's English support community is growing.

    Rest, your preference prevails.
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    Originally posted by NetEthusiast
    burning board is an illegal copy of vbulletin ;p
    Just downloaded Burning Board to check this out. Haven't even got to the code yet, but having looked at the file structure alone I can tell you it most certainly is NOT.

    I'll install when I get a chance to have a look at the user interface similarities, but I assure you these are totally different products.

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    Did someone of you have tried this

    Phorum (www.phorum.org)

    and what do you think of it?

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    I tried it a whole while back but, unless it has changed, it does not provide member registration options, which imho is a must for a community site.

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    I recommend PHPBB2 (when it is final), but if you need it NOW, I recommend YaBBSE (www.yabb.info). The other either have weak community support, or I have had problems with in the past.
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    I just installed phpBB 2.0 (the latest release candidate) and I am very impressed. Good stuff.
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    Rather than just give an arbitrary 'xxxx is the best' can someone actually give a rating based on some quantifiable (or at least qualitative) criteria from both the user and admin perspective?

    e.g. rate the following for phpBB, vBulletin, snitz, Yabb (1 bad, 10 good)

    User: look and feel, ease of use, features etc.
    Admin: funtions, ease of use, features, performance, customisations and templates etc.
    Gravity always wins

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    Originally posted by NZ Joe
    Rather than just give an arbitrary 'xxxx is the best' can someone actually give a rating based on some quantifiable (or at least qualitative) criteria from both the user and admin perspective?

    e.g. rate the following for phpBB, vBulletin, snitz, Yabb (1 bad, 10 good)

    User: look and feel, ease of use, features etc.
    Admin: funtions, ease of use, features, performance, customisations and templates etc.
    Wayne wrote a good article on this: http://www.promotionbase.com/article/469

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    I really like the Burning Board software and used it for my web site (signature).
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    I'd go with Burning Board if I knew it before I'd known vBulletin.

    vB still the best though, with great support team and tons of hacks. vbulletin.org is getting better and better everyday.

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    phpBB

    I have used these two a bit, and also YAB, which might be just a bit more involved or complicated for me.

    A recent community project I am working on is using a version of PostNuke [CMS], which seems really nice and has a lot of features.[CVS?]
    Post-Nuke 0.7.0 - http://postnuke.com

    others I have or will be trying are:
    MovableType - http://www.moveabletype.org/
    Greymatter [blog] - http://www.noahgrey.com/greysoft/

    not being a huge PHP/SQL knowledgeable person, ease of use, intsallation, maintanance, and ease of redesign with a focus on CSS and current XHTML is important, too.
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    hmm

    many things are worth consideration...

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    Originally posted by cyc
    It does look like a rip off of vbulletin, wonder how they get away with it?
    now they want to charge for v2


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