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    Which is a good php based forum package?

    OK, I am sure many of you have installed and tried more than one php based forum software.
    I am trying to decide on which forum package to use.
    I would like it to be coded well. It's important to me that the code is clear and easy to understand, so if I have to modify it, I will not spend too much time trying to figure out what does what. I preffer good Object oriented style of coding.

    I am also loooking for open source and free, so I can't use Vbulletin.

    I looked at phpbb, it looks like while it's very popular and has large community of developers, it uses a mix of classes and procedural design, also classes are written not very well and with very minimal comments in the code.

    I have not looked at any other packages yet. Any suggestions?
    My project: Open source Q&A
    (similar to StackOverflow)
    powered by php+MongoDB
    Source on github, collaborators welcome!

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    Why don't you take a look at SMF? It's the best free forum script I have ever used, and it's better than many paid scripts
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    PHP Guru lampcms.com's Avatar
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    Cool, thanks. I will look at the code today.
    My project: Open source Q&A
    (similar to StackOverflow)
    powered by php+MongoDB
    Source on github, collaborators welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosting24 View Post
    Why don't you take a look at SMF? It's the best free forum script I have ever used, and it's better than many paid scripts
    I haven't used SMF. But it looks like it (like phpBB) only offers a flat response list.
    If you want posts to appear in threaded format (so you see what this
    post is a response to) take a look at phorum

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    I believe there is a mod for this.
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