More phpBB like forum?

Mike Parker aldacron at
Tue Dec 9 18:19:40 PST 2008

Walter Bright wrote:
> Chad J wrote:
>> Jarrett Billingsley wrote:
>>> On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 8:56 AM, Daniel White <twinbee42 at> 
>>> wrote:
>>>>> Waitin' 'til '91 or so to see if this whole "Internet"
>>>>> thing pans out?
>>>> Lol. In all fairness though, a centralized phpBB-like forum
>>>> would allow editing of posts, and probably other advantages
>>>> (better quoting, and image support) - something not available
>>>> in this current system.
>>> And better code formatting, and a reduction in sockpuppetry, and - the
>>> big one for me - remote state.  
>> ...
>> /remote state/
>> YES yes yes.
>> This whole client-side state thingy bothers me quite a bit as well.
> Yeah, but if it's all on the server (like reddit, slashdot) there's 
> another problem. If you're engaged in an active topic, there's no way to 
> quickly scan the page to see if anything new is posted. There's no way 
> to tell what you've read and what you haven't.

Most (all?) modern forum software have several viewing options. 
Depending on the forum package, you may see things like: unread posts 
since last visit, all unread posts, all of your threads which which have 
unread posts, all watched threads which have unread posts and so on. 
Plus, there is usually a configuration option to email you when watched 
threads, or threads you are participating in, get new posts.

Years ago, I followed many newsgroups because that was the only thing we 
had. The D newsgroups are the only ones I follow these days, because I 
have no choice. It also is the only reason I run Thunderbird (the web 
interface sucks), as I check all of my email accounts through GMail. I 
would much prefer a good forum software package (I'm a big fan of SMF[1] 
which I run on a game guild web site). Greater flexibility, more 
features and no extra software required. Newsgroups are so 20th century.

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