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Old 02-11-2007, 09:54 PM   #1
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Forum Software?
Scary thought, probably, but I managed to register a domain name for my ragtag game development group. Once it was all said and done I asked around with a few people on what forum software would be best. I was told to try Simple Machines Forums, but I received the disheartening notice that my host server isn't compatible because SMF requires a Linux server and I was pushing a Windows server. I'm seeing if I can switch over, but it's looking grim.

At any rate...

In case I can't switch over, would anyone happen to know of any good forum software compatible with ASP.Net runtime 1.1 (2.0 available but host company suggests against using it unless necessary)? Free would be a plus but I can stand to shell out a few bucks if there aren't any decent freebies.
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:06 PM   #2
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Invision Board.

And switch to Linux! NOW!
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Old 02-12-2007, 12:44 AM   #3
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vBulletin. Eww @ Invision.
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Old 02-12-2007, 03:39 AM   #4
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I think you should use Linux or other Unix and stick with SMF.
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:21 AM   #5
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Good news! I just saved myself a whole bunch of money on car ins-- kidding. Actually I managed to switch it over to Linux this morning.
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:40 PM   #6
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heh good and I'm laughing at my post now because I didn't read your first post properly when I posted that saying vBulletin.

Anyway since you're now on linux get vBulletin It's worth it. I got myself a owned license and don't even have a forum to use it on anymore

Though if I was going to start a forum I'd use the Vanilla forum software:
http://getvanilla.com/

Love that software.
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:33 PM   #7
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By the way - I'm a developer over at Simple Machines and I can tell you it most certainly does work on Windows. In fact I develop it on Windows!

It's a mute point now it seems
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:58 PM   #8
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vBulletin. Eww @ Invision.
What do you have against Invision?
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:14 PM   #9
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What do you have against Invision?
Less features. Made more for anyone to just whip out a forum in a few seconds IMO.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:07 PM   #10
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^ Less features? I disagree. I think it has more features than vBulletin.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:14 AM   #11
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vBulletin is just a better software over all. Template system, plugin system and similar are all much better than Invision's.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:16 AM   #12
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phpBB that's what I'd run, it's open source and updated fequently.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:01 AM   #13
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^ Less features? I disagree. I think it has more features than vBulletin.

Ohh, like what ?
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:52 AM   #14
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phpBB that's what I'd run, it's open source and updated fequently.
And full of security holes and bugs.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:24 AM   #15
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Unlike vBulletin, or any other forum software for that matter?
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:45 AM   #16
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Though if I was going to start a forum I'd use the Vanilla forum software:
http://getvanilla.com/
Vanilla by default isn't feature rich, but has a truckload of plugins that adds all the usual changes. The upside is that its fast, small and standard compliant.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:24 AM   #17
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phpBB that's what I'd run, it's open source and updated fequently.
Because it's the most attacked software out there. I know they keep up with updates, but the mere fact that it's under attack all the time would be enough for me not to use phpBB.

vB costs money, yes - but you get what you pay for, IMO.
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Old 02-13-2007, 11:37 AM   #18
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meh, whatever works, that was just my sugestion, not my department tho.
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:23 PM   #19
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phpBB that's what I'd run, it's open source and updated fequently.
UPDATED FREQUENTLY? Are you insane? Four+ years of security patches and no new features? I gave up waiting for "2.2" three years ago and it STILL isn't out.
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:33 PM   #20
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Ever tried CVS or SVN? not every version needs to have new "features" I mean secireity is more important that little "doo dads".
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:18 PM   #21
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I'm glad you trust your live community to CVS builds.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:47 PM   #22
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meh, whatever works, that was just my sugestion, not my department tho.
That's naive. To open yourself up for attack with a "Meh, whatever works" attitude is a foolish attitude. You deserve to be broken into with an attitude like that. Being a website operator carries more responsibility than that.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:26 PM   #23
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Maybe true, but then again to say a bunch of PHP scripts are buggy or insecure is not saying much either, if you take it to that level, then the code or script is as only as good as the person who coded it. By those standards one could argue that phpbb is good because it's up to the web admin to go through the script and make sure that what there running is secure.

I am not trying to start anything, and before I would deploy such a fourm I would get some random volenteers to attempt to crack it before I actully use it.The patch those holes and try again until its no longer feasible to attack a board for no "treasure". It makes more sense to use a test bed before actully just deploying it in the real world.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:47 PM   #24
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Maybe true, but then again to say a bunch of PHP scripts are buggy or insecure is not saying much either, if you take it to that level, then the code or script is as only as good as the person who coded it. By those standards one could argue that phpbb is good because it's up to the web admin to go through the script and make sure that what there running is secure.
As I said, you get what you pay for. I gave serious examinations of forum software when I made the switch from ubb.threads to vBulletin. It wasn't a blind change. I did real exams - this is not some half cocked response here. I state again. You get what you pay for.

There are reasons why PhpBB is attacked more than any other forum software package that I'm aware of.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:50 PM   #25
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By the way - I'm a developer over at Simple Machines and I can tell you it most certainly does work on Windows. In fact I develop it on Windows!
Congrats for your work. I didn't know it until its recent appearance at linux.com, and I must say that it looks really really good.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:05 PM   #26
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Vanilla by default isn't feature rich, but has a truckload of plugins that adds all the usual changes. The upside is that its fast, small and standard compliant.
Yeah I know. I'm an avid fanboy at the lussumo community, been following and part of the community since 2005.. when it was first launched at the start of the 0.9.x series:
http://lussumo.com/community/account/936/

I love the fact that it comes "vanilla" and you choose what options (plugins) you want to have on your forum.

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Unlike vBulletin, or any other forum software for that matter?
Why yes actually. phpbb is the #1 most attacked forum software out there, purely for the fact that it's also the #1 most used forum software out there and is open source. It's a nightmare to run on a forum.. I know because I've got it running on maxpayneforums.com and while I'm no longer in charge of that forum it's overrun by spam bots.

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Congrats for your work. I didn't know it until its recent appearance at linux.com, and I must say that it looks really really good.
Yep. SMF is fantastic. I've used it for a while and it's really great. Fantastic upgrade system as well
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Old 02-19-2007, 06:53 AM   #27
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vBulletin is just a better software over all. Template system, plugin system and similar are all much better than Invision's.
I have to agree. Exporting PMs as XML is also the basis of how my PM reader works. Invision in my opinion is ugly. I'm happy that most of the forums I visit use vBulletin. Not that I'm a vBulletin fanboy, there's some good looking free alternatives out there such as Vanilla and Simple Machines. If I wanted to have a forum for something I'd probably go with those due to cost.
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:26 AM   #28
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Old 02-21-2007, 02:18 PM   #29
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What are those?
It's easy to hack into and security isn't so tight.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:59 AM   #30
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For what reasons?
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:17 AM   #31
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For those interested I ended up installing SMF and have been using it for over a week. So far the only apparent problem is a lack of visitors.
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:34 AM   #32
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For what reasons?
Flawed coding and the fact that it's popular AND open source doesn't help.

http://www.theadminzone.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=1768
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Old 02-22-2007, 07:47 PM   #33
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I like and would choose SMF

What about YaBB? Never used it.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:37 PM   #34
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YaBB kinda sucked, at least in the days when it was written in perl. Was clunky and slow, with poor skinning support. I guess the YaBB-SE (the php version) devs went on to do SMF, which seems quite nice, at least from the user's perspective.

I think I used about five different forums before I bought IPB (back when they were selling lifetime licenses). Ezboard, Ikonboard, YaBB, XMBForum, PHPBB2, then IPB. Pretty dang happy with IPB, aside from the smallish mod community.
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Old 04-06-2007, 05:18 PM   #35
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That's naive. To open yourself up for attack with a "Meh, whatever works" attitude is a foolish attitude. You deserve to be broken into with an attitude like that. Being a website operator carries more responsibility than that.
Actualy why did you switch from ubb to vb?
As a user I liked ubb better though recently vb is biginning to catch up.
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