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Author:  jackpf [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:17 pm ]
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Ok, I don't normally post polls or whatever...but since I've had a bit of encouragement from the mods, why not ;)

Ok, so I've heard that devnetwork.net might be switching over to MyBB (or at least, it's being considered), and I was just wondering what people's opinions are.

:)

Author:  Eran [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:05 pm ]
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I voted for building one from scratch. All the current offerings are pretty much a mess and I think this forum has all the necessary skills to pull it off.

Author:  jackpf [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:08 pm ]
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Yeah, me too.

I wouldn't call them a mess....but I do think we could make a better one ;)

Plus, it'd be fun. As long as we can be decisive...and don't argue too much.

Author:  kaszu [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:42 pm ]
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I must have missed something, why are our mighty leaders considering switching to something else? :)

Author:  Eran [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:45 pm ]
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it's a continuation of this discussion -

Author:  jayshields [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:10 pm ]
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More hassle/effort than it's worth. Stay with the same setup. It would take years to build a better forum than one such as phpBB.

Author:  Eran [ Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:16 pm ]
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Author:  jayshields [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:23 am ]
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No, I haven't. It doesn't matter if the code looks like a pile of dog food though. There are so many features and it's pretty robust. It wouldn't surprise me if there was over 30k lines of code in there.

Author:  Eran [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:27 am ]
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Author:  onion2k [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:38 am ]
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Author:  Eran [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:48 am ]
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Author:  jackpf [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:15 pm ]
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Yeah...

I have actually had a go at starting it off. Just like...planning stuff out. Thinking about it, I agree onion2k's point...it will be monstrous!! phpBB has so many configuration options...moderation/admin tools etc...

I've been working on my own forum for ages - I guess I never realised I wrote so much code for it. If this ever were to get off the ground, it would need a fair few of us working on it...

Still, it'd be fun to try. And yeah, as pytrin says...we've probably got a fair bit of it coded already due to our own side projects and stuff.

:)

Author:  Eran [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:49 pm ]
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I actually wrote a couple of forum systems before. Nothing as extensive as phpBB, for sure, but the basics were there. It's really not that much work, and you don't really need the entire set of features phpBB offers - as long it can be easily modified / extended. phpBB has a lot of little used features.

Author:  matthijs [ Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:08 am ]
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I don't doubt there's enough skill here to build a forum. But the challenge is you need a couple of people motivated and disciplined enough to keep it up. I've seen a couple of projects started now, and the enthusiasm is large at the beginning, but at some point a project needs a few people who lead, who manage everything, set deadlines and milestones, etc and who keep it up to actually do the hard work

Maybe a problem with a pure community project is that if a lot of people are involved but nobody "owns" the project, that there's also nobody who feels like it's "his" project, who feels responsible to do something every week. You can just come and go. One month you start on a small part of code for the project, next month you're overwhelmed with work and forget about it. From what I see around, almost any successful open source project does have one person who leads everything. And then once (and as long as) the project runs, it gets attractive for others to be involved.

Author:  Benjamin [ Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:13 am ]
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matthijs has hit the nail on the head. I've also noticed that community projects spend so much time debating how things should be done, that nothing ever gets done. I'm considering launching this project, but I want to verify that I have enough time to do it. I'm in the process of wrapping up a project I've been working on and will get back with everyone shortly.

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