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Open Source Forum software (was PHPBB3)

On 12/11/2010 10:03 AM, Ben Eisenbraun wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 08:15:39AM -0500, Jerry Feldman wrote:
>> Basically what we want here is to set up an online forum inside the
>> company simply to provide a discussion forum for one of our new produc=
>> that we are supporting out of our office.
> On a gaming forum that I do admin stuff for we used phpBB initially, bu=
> after the 2nd 0-day exploit let some disgruntled kiddie delete our
> database, we switched to PunBB.  It has a much smaller feature set than=

> phpBB, but it has worked well for us, and perhaps most importantly we
> haven't had any security issues with it.
> PunBB was forked a couple years ago after the initial project was sold =
> a commercial company.  fluxBB is the name of the fork, and if I was set=
> up a forum today, I'd probably choose between fluxBB and Vanilla, which=
> also mentioned.  Vanilla has always looked pretty nice from a features =
> aesthetic point of view, but I've never used it.
I found a forum that compares a whole bunch of these,, and it uses punBB. Neither fluxBB nor punBB
support subforums or attachments, and since our system may require some
debugging issues, attachments might be needed. I think that subforums
may also be needed. For instance, SolvencyII is primarily used in EU, we
might have a SolvencyII forum with subforums for UK, France, and other
countries. AEF ( seems to have a number of
features. It is not Open Source, but is free software.

After looking at a number of these, my priorities on Monday will be:
1. spend no more than an hour debugging phpBB3. If I have not solved the
problem by then, I'll install one of the others.

Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at>
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