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May 27, 2012, 01:33:46 AM
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No matter how much you beg, pray, or pay, perfection isn't going to float to you on the ground gift-wrapped with a nice fat transaction fee for expedient delivery. But reaching gets you a little closer to the sky.

In short, we're getting nowhere with the move to new forum software, and we may end up waiting indefinitely for something that might not ever exist, much less exist now. While no solution exists to my knowledge that offers all of the requested features, there are many programs which would be a significant improvement over SMF.

This is not a whining thread. I'm not demanding anything, I'm not calling doom, I'm not issuing ultimatums that no one cares about. I'm asking what I, as a community member, and more broadly we, as a community, can do to move this forward in a realistic time frame. I'm not suggesting that we give up our initiative for custom software, only that we make progress now.

I suggest we implement an interim solution that improves the forum, though it may not provide all that a custom one would, and continue the bounty for custom software. This would provide two main advantages over continuing the trek up a hamster wheel: improved features and usability and tangible progress, both of significant importance and both immediate. I have never administrated a forum as large as this, nor have I ever transferred a forum from one management system to another, but it seems a transition to pre-existing, documented software from pre-existing, documented software should not be particularly hard to implement. Summarily, this would be an immediate solution that would provide significant improvement, stem the tide of forum-bashing, and be moderately easy to install.

Obviously I cannot do any of this alone. So, my questions are:

To moderators and administrators: Are you willing to pursue something akin to this? If so, what can we do to help?

And to users: The two I immediately thought of were vBulletin and Invision Power Board, but what forum software would you suggest?


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May 27, 2012, 06:58:34 AM
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And to users: The two I immediately thought of were vBulletin and Invision Power Board, but what forum software would you suggest?[/b]


vBulletin because it can be customised to meet the individual needs/wants of an online community.  It has many great features which I really miss when I visit here.

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May 27, 2012, 02:39:55 PM
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+1 for vBulletin

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May 27, 2012, 04:43:31 PM
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vBulletin or MyBB are my top two favourites.
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May 27, 2012, 05:12:46 PM
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I personally like XenForo.

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May 27, 2012, 05:17:17 PM
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+1 vBulletin so many sites use it and it is proven to be good under huge loads.

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May 27, 2012, 05:57:19 PM
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...is proven to be good under huge loads.

How did this so quickly change to the topic of your mom?  Grin lol sorry had to "release" that one.

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May 27, 2012, 06:06:10 PM
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+1,000 vBulletin

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May 27, 2012, 06:12:24 PM
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-99999 vbulletin

+1 xenforo
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May 27, 2012, 06:40:23 PM
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Keep it simple, stupid. I like smf, but phpbb would do in a pinch. If you must use something else, xenforo with some of the extraneous features stripped out would be my next choice. Vbulletin is overrated and has feature bloat.

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May 27, 2012, 07:55:57 PM
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Keep the current forum software.

Forget about vbullcrap.

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May 27, 2012, 09:39:53 PM
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Vbulletin is overrated and has feature bloat.
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May 29, 2012, 06:30:23 AM
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Remembering back to last year when high load on the forum was making the system almost unusable it might be worth looking into something that performs well under pressure. AKCS fits this criteria.
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May 29, 2012, 07:12:31 AM
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a lot of other forums i belong to use myBB. might be worth looking at

http://www.mybb.com/

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May 30, 2012, 01:19:24 AM
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Well I'm still working on my bid.  Forum software with all of the requested features isn't exactly simple though.

I'll have a demo site up once my partner pushes some code.

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May 30, 2012, 02:17:57 AM
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Well I'm still working on my bid.  Forum software with all of the requested features isn't exactly simple though.

I'll have a demo site up once my partner pushes some code.

It certainly is not. Best of luck!

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May 30, 2012, 03:29:23 AM
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To be honest I rather like the current forum software... not perfect, but I've gotten used to it Smiley
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May 30, 2012, 09:31:36 AM
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this one's cool

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May 30, 2012, 09:56:59 PM
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+1 MyBB
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