More phpBB like forum?

Brad Roberts braddr at
Tue Dec 9 14:37:00 PST 2008

For me, it's not about speed, it's about push vs pull.  A forum that I 
have to actively go to to find out if there's new material is wasteful.  I 
already go to my mail client to find pushed material.. and it's 
incrementally much easier for me to subscribe to a mailing list than 
anything else.  That's exactly why the first thing I did when joining the 
D community was to setup the nntp <--> mail bridges.  Any use of forums by 
me would require an automatic email gateway.

Just my 2 cents,

On Tue, 9 Dec 2008, Daniel White wrote:

> Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2008 17:14:32 -0500
> From: Daniel White <twinbee42 at>
> Reply-To: digitalmars.D <digitalmars-d at>
> To: digitalmars-d at
> Newsgroups: digitalmars.D
> Subject: Re: More phpBB like forum?
> Hi Derek,
> I agree with the spirit of what you're saying, but if there were
> a forum which was very, very fast (much faster than phpBB,
> actually let's say near instant) for posting/navigation, and also
> was more economical in space (it's rarely said, but most standard
> forums eat up 2 or 3 lines of real estate per thread!), could you
> potentially prefer forums? It's not like these problems are
> intrinsic to forums per se.
> In other words, is it not conceivable that most of the primary
> advantages of nntp could be transferred over, by looking, and
> almost acting like nntp, but with a more centralized system that
> forums offer?
> Dan
> Derek Parnell Wrote:
> > On Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:25:24 -0500, Daniel White wrote:
> > 
> > > Sean Kelly Wrote:
> > > 
> > >> I think there must be a generation gap here.  The first thing
> > >> look for is a newsgroup dedicated to a subject.  After that,
> > >> a mailing list.  I have basically no interest in web forums.
> > 
> > 
> > > There must be forums out there that feel faster than say, phpBB.
> > > But in any case, the advantages that forums in general have over
> > > newsgroups (many of which have been mentioned in this thread)
> > > seem hard to ignore.
> > 
> > I am also a person that dislikes using web-based forums. If one is
> > established, it would hope that posting to it would also automatically post
> > to the nttp server and visa versa. I realize that many people like
> > web-based forums, but I have always found them to be be awkward, slow, and
> > inconvenient. A good nttp reader is not hard to find. I use 40tude-dialog
> > which enables me to see the posts as either flat or threaded at my
> > pleasure.
> > 
> > -- 
> > Derek Parnell
> > Melbourne, Australia
> > skype: derek.j.parnell

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