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Nachtwind

i think features are everywhere the same today (well, except here of course). The thing with PHPBB3 is that i persoanally was totally disappointed with it. It was just a bloated phpbb2 and had the same problems as the predecessor (size, speed..). SMF on the other hand has an excellent 'plugin' system for features. Simply upload a package and youre done, no longer 'hacking' your sys and one of the major advantages of SMF is the speed and it's small footprint which is especially at a forum like this quite important.
Believe me, Mike, I calculated the odds of this succeeding against the odds I was doing something incredibly stupid[ch8230] and I went ahead

kg4wsv

Dang kids and their web 2.0 bling.  All web forums are a vastly inferior copy of things like email lists and newsgroups (NNTP) that have been around for years and years.

Seriously, an email list with a searchable web archive is infinitely more useful than a forum, especially if you happen to be interested in more than one thing.  This is the only forum I actually post on, or even visit.  With email all the information I'm interested funnels to me, my email tools sort the messages so I can view at my own priority, moderated email lists cut down hugely on spam, etc.  Oh, and it's not a pig of a service that requires major data center hosting.  Moderated NNTP groups are even better for this sort of thing.

-j, internet curmudgeon

mowcius

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All web forums are a vastly inferior copy of things like email lists and newsgroups (NNTP) that have been around for years and years.

Nahh, I disagree, with a forum, everyone has a 'meeting place' and everyone is on here, there's nobody hiding away posting things from a hole, they are physically online.

With a forum like this, it is also going into cloud computing, accessible from anywhere with any hardware, from anyone's computer...

Mowcius

kg4wsv

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everyone is on here, there's nobody hiding away posting things from a hole, they are physically online.

samantics.  there's no difference in the "presence" aspect, IMO.  you've got to be online somewhere to originate an NNTP post or email message.

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With a forum like this, it is also going into cloud computing,

That statement assumes that cloud computing is a good thing; I happen to disagree.  Strongly.

For instance, if my email service provider goes away, i've at least got my archived email on my computer, directly under my physical control.  If this forum server goes away, this body of knowledge is gone.  This is not a hypothetical situation - what was the cell phone service who lost all user data not too long ago?

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accessible from anywhere with any hardware, from anyone's computer

ever heard of webmail? :)


I'm not arguing for dismantling the forum in favor of an email list; I'm just saying, there are existing solutions that I feel are better, even if they're not new or buzzword-laden.

-j

mowcius

Yeah I suppose...

I dunno, I don't complain, I just use what's there...

I honestly am not a fan of cloud computing either, you'd need a hell of a lot of backup servers...

Mowcius

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