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Any suggestions?

I'm looking for a good threaded (not flat) forum system which is either something to go on my own server, or if hosted elsewhere does not, or can be made to not, display advertising. Thus far I've looked at Proboards (no idea if flat or threaded - the splash page insists you go directly to creating one, also hosted with ads) and phpBB (flat, alas). Any suggestions?


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Aug. 4th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
I hear rumours that the new (not yet released?) version of SMF supports threading. It amuses me how long it's taken web forum software to start catching up with USEnet...
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Or FidoNet, for that matter.

"The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra

Edited at 2010-08-04 05:59 pm (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Heh! Let's re-invent the wheel. :)
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Actually neither Fido nor Usenet will do for this particular application - anybody familiar with something called Bestweb? It turned up on the vclcomponents site forum software listing but the links are all essentially "wait for it".
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I've not encountered Bestweb.

It's interesting that the concept of threading has recently started to break into the web forum arena. For years web forums seemed utterly bound to the flat sequential model, with very few of them offering anything even vaguely like a thread tree (and those that do are often at least partly USEnet or mailing-list derived). Now, of a sudden (or so it seems) threading capability is the new hot thing, even though the idea's been round for an age...

The up-shot seems to be that there are plenty of "wait for it" possibilities but none quite ready yet. I'll wait for SMF 2.0 for the forum I help run, I think.
Aug. 4th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Have you ever been to Baen's Bar (http://bar.baen.com/)? I think it might have what you want, probably with overkill (it's also got NNTP & RSS built in).

It looks like it's a product called MPNews from MessagePixels (http://www.messagepixels.com/). $49 for the SOHO version, which allows 100 users. Corporate version allows "hundreds" of users for $499, Enterprise version allows "thousands" of users for $Quote.
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