bornannoying wrote:I'm increasingly weary of phpBB.
Just curious, how do you think it compares to vBulletin?
Weird. I typed a long
response to this... must've forgotten to hit the send button. Fuck. Sorry about that. I think the general gist of what I said was this:
I've only experienced vBulletin as a user. There's a forum I visit which has an out of date version of vBulletin, which results in lots of serious glitches: most people can't log in using their regular browser, many people can't edit their posts, some email addresses are incorrectly rejected… you get the idea. So at the very least, I can say that phpBB is fairly robust, in the sense that I can do next to nothing in the way of admin, let it get a versions old, etc., without any serious problems occurring.
On the other hand – and as I say, this isn't by way of comparison since I've only used phpBB – phpBB has its problems. It has annoyed me that, until very recently, the best anti-spam measures for phpBB were available only as a 3rd party mods and, consequently, were without proper support and, in most cases, made it necessary to conduct any system updates manually which, though not hard, is very
tedious and long winded. They've upped their game recently by including some anti-spam stuff that's probably sufficient without the 3rd party kit, but there are other obvious functionalities which are still not included as standard.
The other pain in the balls is skinning the board. Honestly, there's a good reason why you only ever see fugly phpBB boards: making a half decent skin for it is just too labour intensive a proposition to consider. If I ever had to build a site where I couldn't live with having a forum dressed in one of the standard skins, I'd have to look for a different forum.