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Open Source Forum software (was PHPBB3)

On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 10:57:50AM -0500, Jerry Feldman wrote:
> 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 products
> >> that we are supporting out of our office.
> > On a gaming forum that I do admin stuff for we used phpBB initially, but
> > 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 to
> > a commercial company.  fluxBB is the name of the fork, and if I was setting
> > up a forum today, I'd probably choose between fluxBB and Vanilla, which you
> > also mentioned.  Vanilla has always looked pretty nice from a features and
> > 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.

If you need a lot of attachments, you may be better off
installing a good wiki alongside the forum, and making sure it's
easy to link to wiki pages.


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