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Yet Another Bulletin Board 2.0 Released 26

George Maschke writes "Yesterday, lead developer Corey Chapman announced the release of Yet another Bulletin Board 2.0. The new version of this free, open source software adds many new features and improvements, bringing its feature set more in line with that of rival phpBB. YaBB 2.0 may also be downloaded directly for a quick look."
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Yet Another Bulletin Board 2.0 Released

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  • I must investigate this further.

  • NNTP? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by samjam ( 256347 ) on Saturday October 01, 2005 @03:48PM (#13694470) Homepage Journal
    The essential lacking feature is generally threaded NNTP access.

    • Re:NNTP? (Score:3, Informative)

      by timdorr ( 213400 ) *
      It's a PHP script, not a network server.
      • Re:NNTP? (Score:4, Insightful)

        by samjam ( 256347 ) on Saturday October 01, 2005 @05:52PM (#13694940) Homepage Journal
        and yet.... I've seen and ran webservers written entirely in php.

        PHP has network socket capabilities, can be run outside of a webserver as a standalone scripted app - and with www.swig.org, arbitrary C/C++ libraries can easily be linked in to extend php.

        However, my point wasn't against PHP (the source to which I have made some contributions) but all the various bulletin boards which are really discussion boards most of which seem to re-invent in the face of NNTP because few of the authors even know about it, or anything that cannot be shown in a web browser.

        TWIG was a very good php webmail/nntp news reader; further it is possible to have an NNTP interface to most BB systems except to the degree that they allow editing of existing threaded posts.

        My main grouch was the number of discussions I have an interest in that take place on these foul^H^H^H^Hless than ideal and well tried messaging systems when NNTP is much simpler to read; thank goodness for www.gmane.org that mirrors most mailing lists via NNTP and threaded web interface albeit without the pretty skins and fanciful markup language. It hurts to see 20 year old good systems badly re-written in html and javascript, but only because im contast it hurts to use them.

        The tone of my comment makes me sound like William Caxton railing against the ignorant artists who make use of the printing press for ..... pictures!! ( don't know that he ever did rail against them, but I could probably do a pretty good impression)

      • Looks like a Perl script to me.

  • Yuck (Score:2, Interesting)

    Am I the only person who can't stand the whole phpBB/YaBB/UBB forum style?

    Give me a good WWWBoard-based script over that crap any day. Hell, I'll even prefer a 2ch-style script over a crappy UBB-style script.
  • Slashdot is not freshmeat
  • Boring (Score:2, Informative)

    by Psionicist ( 561330 )

    Try www.punbb.org instead. Small, fast, slick.

    • Re:Boring (Score:2, Informative)

      by Watts Martin ( 3616 )
      And PunBB does just about everything that I actually want a bulletin board system to do, without the "kitchen sink" feeling. I was wondering if I was the only person who'd ever run across the thing. (I quasi-integrated it with the Textpattern Blog/CMS for one site for a while, inspired by--well, Textpattern's own web site, where they use PunBB for the same reasons I liked it, and that you cited.)
  • AJAX could improve bulletin boards tremendously, why isn't it used more often? Slashdot's comment system could be tremendously improved by a little Javascript and XMLHttpRequest. Imagine expanding comment trees without refreshing the page. The demand is there; there are even some Greasemonkey scripts to hack this capability into Slashdot (though I haven't gotten any to work).
    • Before the really recent update, Slashdot's HTML was a horrible mess. I don't think you could've grafted AJAX onto that if you wanted to. So give them time before expecting anything majorly new.

      Besides, you're not likely to see anything to results in less page loads. That would reduce advertising impressions.
  • I mean some of it's obvious... but does anyone have some sort of historical perspective of these different forks (or quasi forks/ports)?

    I didn't realize YABB was still under development (not that I looked).

    What's the relationship between YABB --> YAPBBSE / SMF?
    (besides the obvious one's perl and one is php)

    • Full Disclosure: I'm a project administrator with YaBB.

      The sort version is YaBB SE was developed as a PHP port of the Perl version primarily by two YaBB staff members. After a few issues such as their code being ripped off, they changed their name to SMF. Aside from a few members such as myself who bounced between the two projects, there never was any official relationship.

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein