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Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:12 pm Post subject: Re: Starting community...
I'm not sure what advice you are looking for; what are your concerns?
My debut with phpBB2 was pretty straight forward: I installed it, looked around the admin functions and experimented. I learned everything I needed to know by looking up documentation along the way. MODs were easy to get accustomed to as well, even with limited knowledge of HTML and no PHP at that time.
Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:51 pm Post subject: Re: Starting community...
PhpBB2 is a simpler system that relies more heavily on actual coding knowledge. If you know what you're doing, you can have a faster, lighter, and all-around better system than the default PhpBB3. PhpBB3 was designed for people who just want to install the default and have a forum then and there. But if you know how to code, it can also be fixed up to be fast.
In the end, it falls to your preference. They both have their bugs and troubles, and both require work.
Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:48 am Post subject: Re: Starting community...
I am investigating whether to start a forum community using phpBB2.
I tried phpBB3, but it's full of bugs and is just unreliable.
Anyone have any opinions on getting started with it?
well, phpbb3 is certainly not "full of bugs and unreliable". it has very few bugs and it about the most reliable bulletin board software in the world.
anyway, phpbb2 is also very reliable and probably 99% bug free as well.
phpbb3 has a permission system that is almost infinite in it's possibilities.
however, it makes it very hard to figure out how to set permissions.
it also defaults to no permissions for anybody including admins.
I think that is crazy.
phpbb2 starts you off with full admin permissions and when you create a forum it has basic viewing permissions by default.
phpbb3 a forum won't even show up unless you go through the maze of permission settings etc.
MODs in phpbb2 are usually easier to install by using easyMOD.
phpbb3 now has AUTOMOD but I have had problems getting it to work on some server setups.
so, there are some opinions for you.
make your own mind up. you can always change later.