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Question: Should we switch the forum software?
Noooo, I love SMF
Would be nice, but not realizable
I don't care
Yes, phpBB is much better
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April 12, 2011, 03:42:30 PM
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I like the Simple Machines Forum, but there are definitely some nice features I miss. I wonder whether this is felt by more users.

The main problem I see is that there are far too many links from the outside to the existing forum so that a migration is not really feasible, but adding a second Forum and making the old one read only, or making it read only subforum by subforum.

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April 12, 2011, 04:54:25 PM
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There are much better ways for people to spend their time improving Bitcoin, instead of switching the forum software to obtain minor (if any) improvement.

Having said that, the one thing I love about vBulletin is the "Thanks" button on every post, as a simple way to allocate and track karma.
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April 12, 2011, 05:12:02 PM
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Smf has a major problem (or not, I'd love to be wrong) that you can't stop watching threads, or watch threads without posting a comment. I voted phpBB.

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April 12, 2011, 06:51:12 PM
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I like SMF.

Having said that, the one thing I love about vBulletin is the "Thanks" button on every post, as a simple way to allocate and track karma.

SMF also supports this (through a mod). This forum just doesn't have it enabled.

Smf has a major problem (or not, I'd love to be wrong) that you can't stop watching threads, or watch threads without posting a comment. I voted phpBB.

You can get notifications without posting.

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April 12, 2011, 08:10:10 PM
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You can get notifications without posting.

How? I vote keep it the same, maybe make a few mods like the thanks button but it's not worth the effort to change it.

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April 12, 2011, 08:12:11 PM
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Maybe just upgrade to 2.0, which has a LOT more features?
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April 12, 2011, 08:41:44 PM
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You can get notifications without posting.

How? I vote keep it the same, maybe make a few mods like the thanks button but it's not worth the effort to change it.
The feature was enabled again just a few days ago. See http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5664.0

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April 14, 2011, 03:07:57 PM
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fluxbb would be nicer Smiley.

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April 15, 2011, 04:37:19 AM
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SMF or vBulletin IMO

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April 15, 2011, 08:23:53 AM
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Ok, right now we're pretty 50:50 on a possible change.
The things I'm missing the most are (in no particular order and incomplete list):
  • Daily/Weekly digest of new posts
  • Portal with only my subscribed topics (changes on top)
  • Subscribe to subforums (the chinese kids write so much non-sense, and I'm a techie, why should I have to wade through those topics too?)
  • Better code highlighting
  • More control over the profile page
I'm sure this list will get longer over time. Mainly its stuff for users that are on the forum on a daily basis and makes little things easier.

Edit: Is it true that SMF 2.0 has been under development for 6 (!!!) years? (source: Changelog)

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April 15, 2011, 08:31:14 AM
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voted the first option, but I don't love sfm  Tongue
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April 15, 2011, 08:33:00 AM
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voted the first option, but I don't love sfm  Tongue
Just noticed that I didn't add a neutral answer for "no" or "yes" to the poll, sorry.

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May 11, 2011, 02:12:35 PM
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Edit: Is it true that SMF 2.0 has been under development for 6 (!!!) years? (source: Changelog)

If you study the changelog carefully, yes, the first entries come from 2005, but the real development started in 2007 when first betas came out. Still, that's 4 years...
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May 12, 2011, 05:49:50 AM
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Too much work, I voted "I don't care". The forum is OK.  I agree it's not perfect, and could use those extra features, but I don't see it as a priority for bitcoin right now.

If you're going to work on the site, fix https Smiley

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May 12, 2011, 06:25:43 AM
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How about moving to a MODERN forum, like xenForo?

Here's my xenForo forum, for example.  It's cheap, and scores better than overpriced vBulletin or spam-ridden phpBB.  I'm not a big fan of SMF either, after using xenForo.  It's so smooth and slick and beautiful, and it actually works really, really well.

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May 13, 2011, 12:57:28 AM
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God, I've been trying to get use to this forum software but it's just so dated and clunky.  I really hate SMF, I've decided.

Please switch it to anything else.

It would be really nice to have vBulletins trader plugin that allows rating of deals done through the site, like Heatware or eBay Feedback.  Built right in...  You could also add the auction plugin as well to the site if you were so inclined.

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May 13, 2011, 01:42:11 AM
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The existing forum is like pulling on a comfortable old pair of alpaca socks and underpants with holes in them. You just wouldn't date a supermodel wearing old socks and holey undies.

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May 14, 2011, 08:24:58 AM
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I have always hated SMF. It feels outdated, I seem to remember quite a few security issues way back when (don't quote me,) it's hard, if not impossible to watch / unwatch threads, and again, it just looks gross.

phpBB is beautiful in my opinion, and I frequently steal their template system for my projects. The front-end is beautiful, the code is beautiful, it's powerful, and it's open-source.

vBulletin and IPB for me will always be out of the question.

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May 14, 2011, 08:32:00 AM
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I prefer an NNTP/Usenet forum to a web forum any day.  Web fora sucks, IMHO.

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May 14, 2011, 08:58:23 AM
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I prefer an NNTP/Usenet forum to a web forum any day.  Web fora sucks, IMHO.
You can easily start one these days.

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