Forums (was Re: [Actionchix] Website wishlist)
terri at zone12.com
Sat May 20 15:58:44 EST 2006
I'm going to second Jane's comments here:
phpBB is lovely and so commonly used that many of the chix would
probably be familiar with the system.
But... it's big, more than we need, and is a bit of a target for
attacks because of its popularity. (It's also popular because it's one
of the the better bits of forum software available, though, so
popularity isn't necessarily a downside.)
I'm also pretty familiar with phpBB, and I'd feel comfy modifying it to
suit our needs if it were the best choice. However, my feeling is
that we don't actually want a lot of common bulletin board features:
smilies, avatars, post counts... all kinda a waste of resources when
you're talking about something which is basically just a gateway to a
mailing list archive plus a little box for people to write posts. So
I'd much rather see us concentrate on finding a good archiver and then
extending it to act a bit more like a web forum.
Note: threading and stuff is actually harder with email than with a
forum, because less information is being saved about replies and such,
which is part of why forums do a better job than our current archives,
and one of the reasons gateway-ing can be a pain.
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