setting up a forum - advice and suggestions wanted

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  1. betauser2

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    hi all, a small group of us (friends) are interested in opening a forum (don't sweat guys nothing to rival Wilder's) it won't be pc - security related. i am looking for recommendations for free ones(also preferably add, just by googling i have found three thetopfreeforum.com, mypunbb.com and invisionfree.com. i would greatly appreciate any other suggestions. i am very wary of privacy policies aswell.

    any advice and suggestions?

    betauser2
     
  2. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    Copy/Paste images directly in the post area would be a good improvement in forum softwares. :)
    Another good improvement would be that a string of spaces is allowed in the post area in stead of removing them and replace them by one space. Typing text in columns in a post area is almost impossible or very inconvenient.
    Fixed spaces is also a possible solution (i.e. ctrl+space).
     
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  3. iceni60

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    you could look into www.phpbb.com/

    if it was me when i decided what to get i'd go to a security board that uses it and ask what to do to keep it secure. i suppose it's the same as your computer. use really strong passwords, keep everything up to date and turn off stuff you don't use. o_O
     
  4. NGRhodes

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    I used to use Invision Free (when it was a free download rather than a free-hostsed service) for years (http://forum.205gtidrivers.com), infact we upgraded to the paid version before I stopped running my forum. Stable, scaled nicely to load balanced servers.
    Real easy to admin and setup and manage users.
     
  5. NGRhodes

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    Problem with that is automatically uploading the image from your machine to the internet... it would definatly need a clientside plugin.

    I think if you wrap text in code tags it works...

    Code:
              10 spaces
                        20 spaces
              10 spaces
                        20 spaces
    
    Col 1   Col 2                                           Col 3       Col 4
    Col 1   Col 2                                           Col 3       Col 4
    Does that help ?
     
  6. betauser2

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    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    Thanks for the tip, I will try it when I need it again. :)
     
  8. DonMartin

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    I have used Ikonboard, that is a free and stable product, for more than 2 years now.
    If you register you´ll get superb support if you run into any problems.
    www.ikonboard.com

    Regards/ Don

    PS set up a MySQL database in the beginning. Then You don't have to convert later if your forum will be popular.

    More information about modifying, skins a.s.o.
    http://swarf.net/forums/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi
     
  9. betauser2

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    ooops forgot about this thread,

    thanks for the help guys! I've settled for smf in the end (forums been up for a couple of months)

    cheers
     
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