MyBB

MyBB

Web site: mybb.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2002
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MyBB (previously: MyBulletinBoard) – an open source web application for creating and running a discussion forum. The project was founded by Chris Boulton in 2002 under the name DevBB as an XMB fork.

MyBB is written in the PP programming language and uses MySQL to write data. It also supports PostgreSQL and SQLite databases.

The most important functions are:
– creating many forums on one database, including a multilingual forums
– large configuration options
– skins management and appearance modification
– plugin support
– user evaluation and reputation system
– ability to quickly edit posts and threads
– auto-complete form fields
– private messaging system
– attachment support
– assigning moderators to selected departments
– registration of moderators work
– granting selected permissions to different user groups
– moving threads and entries
– option of banning users
– email notifications about new posts
– creating surveys
– creating a list of favorite threads
– generating threads for printing
– fast response
– signatures, avatars, friend lists and people ignored

Invision Community

Invision Community

Web site: invisioncommunity.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: Proprietary
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2002
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Invision Community (previously: IPS Community Suite) – a proprietary internet community software produced by Invision Power Services Inc. The software is written in PHP and uses MySQL as a database management system.

Invision Community comes from Invision Power Board, which can be purchased separately and requires IP.Suite. Up to version 3.4 of Invision Power Board, employees gradually expanded their product line with additional community-focused applications, such as: IP.Blog, IP.Gallery and IP.Content. However, IP.Board was always required because many aspects of the core and other applications relied on it. Starting with IP.Suite 4, they decided to opt out of IP.Board as their “flagship” product and standardize version numbering and release schedule for all of their applications.

The software also provides tools and documentation to enable community to create its own applications, themes and other things that can be shared for free or sold to other customers through its own Invision Power Services community.

FUDforum

FUDforum

Web site: fudforum.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2001
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FUDforum (Fast Uncompromising Discussion Forum) – a free and open source web discussion forum released under the GPL (version 2) license that is written in PHP and can be used on virtually any operating system.

FUDforum combines an extensive feature set while maintaining the ability to generate forum web pages extremely fast. The forum includes i18n and templating support allowing for a complete customization of its output as well as a very capable group based permission system. FUDforum can also act as a Mailing List Manager, USENET newsreader and even an XML Feed Aggregator. This will allow you to build an instant community and consolidate all your messages into a single system.

One of the most significant FUDforum features is the ease of use, which begins right with the installation process where a user is guided through a 5 step install wizard. The entire installation process, even for novice users, may literally take less then a minute from the point of installation to the point a user has a working web forum. Unlike installation of similar software, the user does not need to deal with multiple files, all of the forum’s data is stored in a single file, the install script. The installation script itself is written in PHP so no additional software is required to complete the installation.

Features:
– Built-in search engine optimization
– Spell checker
– Templating system
– Full internationalization support via i18n
– Group permission system
– Private messaging
– File attachments
– Pools
– Forum and topic subscriptions
– Tree view
– Full text search
– I-Spy and online status
– BBcode
– Smilies/Emoticons
– Avatars
– Custom tags
– User ranks
– Censor and replacement system
– IP tracking
– Action log
– Message mangling
– User blocking
– Session support
– Mailing list and NNTP integration
– XML aggregation

The application requires:
– Apache Web Server or Microsoft’s Internet Information Services
– PHP versions 5.2 or higher
– a database: IBM DB2, Firebird, MS-SQL, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL or SQLite

FluxBB

FluxBB

Web site: fluxbb.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: April 2008
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FluxBB – an open-source, fast, light, user-friendly forum software. FluxBB is designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications. It is easy to use and has a proven track record of stability and security making it an ideal choice of forum for your website.

FluxBB is a fork of PunBB created by its developers after Andersson left the project in April 2008. In 2007, PunBB was sold to a commercial company. Development continued under the direction of Rickard until April 2008. At that time, Rickard announced he would be ceasing his active involvement with the project.

Goals:
– Supports PHP5 & PHP7
– Easy installation and setup
– Open-source (GNU General Public License)
– Clean administration interface
– Flexible permission system
– Lots of community modifications

PunBB

PunBB

Web site: punbb.informer.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2003
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PunBB – a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Its primary goals are to be faster, smaller and less graphically intensive as compared to other discussion boards. PunBB has fewer features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.

PunBB is written in PHP and thus requires the PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. PunBB also requires a database for storing forum data. For that purpose PunBB supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.

PunBB was founded by Rickard Andersson, who conceived it as an alternative to over-featured or too graphic discussion boards. The first stable release was reached on the 7th of August, 2003.

Discuz!

Discuz!

Web site: discuz.net
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: ?
License: Proprietary
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: March 2002
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Discuz! – a software for building an internet forum, written in PHP and developed by Comsenz Technology Co., Ltd. The application supports MySQL and PostgreSQL databases. This is the most popular internet forum application used in China.

Discuz! is free for personal use, a commercial license allows for paid usege which cost is around 3000 RMB. The software is officially available in Chinese. It was also officially developed in English, but development was interrupted for financial reasons. Unofficial English and other language versions are available on some web sites.

Discuz! was created and based on another internet application called “Asia XMB” (XMB forum) by Dai Zhikang as “Crossday Bulletin (CDB)” in March 2002. In October 15 it was renamed to “Discuz!”, and in February 2003 Comsenz Technology Co. Ltd. was founded.

A free and commercial version has been available since June 2003. Version 6.1.0 of the software depends on existing UCenter installation, which is an interface that connects all Comsenz products to a website. This is user management software, so information such as private messages can be used on all Comsenz products on the same page. Another innovation is integration of Chinese marketing service provider Insenz.

Comsenz was acquired by Tencent in August 2010.
Discuz! X 1.0 was developed in 2010, combining it with: other SNSs, web portals, groups and open platforms produced by the company.

Discourse

Discourse

Web site: discourse.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: Ruby
First release: 2013
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Discourse – an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. It can be used as a mailing list, discussion forum or long-form chat room.

Discourse breaks with existing schemes of present forum applications by including additional features that are available mainly for social networking applications. These features include, among others: scrolling, live updates, oneboxing, expandable links, and the ability to drag and drop attachments. Although these options are more social than technical, they improve the quality of online discussions through the extended database of forum applications.

The Discourse application is written in the JavaScript and Ruby on Rails programming language, requires the PostgreSQL database system and uses the Ember.js framework.

The application is (or was) used by companies and organizations such as: Atom (word processor), Boing Boing, CISCO, Docker, How-To Geek, Mozilla, Open Knowledge, SitePoint Forums, TalkSurf, The Daily WTF, Twitter, Ubuntu.

The project founders in 2013 were: Jeff Atwood, Robin Ward and Sam Saffron

Beehive

Beehive

Web site: beehiveforum.co.uk
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X, UNIX, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2002
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Beehive – an online forum/message board system with several powerful features, written by several members of what is now called “Teh Forum”.

Main features:
– Frame-based layout, for easy navigation.
– Reply-to-user posting and e-mail notification.
– Powerful HTML posting, without security risks.
– Extendable user profiles.
– Flexible relationships system.
– Private Messaging system.
– Multiple style options, including dyslexia support.
– Advanced word-filtering facility.
– Comprehensive user permissions.
– Full, easy to use admin tools.

Requirements:
– PHP 5.3.0 or above
– MySQL 5.1.41 or above
– PCRE 6.6 compiled with –enable-utf8 –enable-unicode-properties

bbPress

bbPress

Web site: bbpress.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X, UNIX, Windows
License: GNU GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: ?
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bbPress – an open source plugin for the WordPress content management system which offers a function of an online forum integration to the WordPress installation.

The bbPress plug-in is characterized by simplicity of installation and configuration.
bbPress is offered with many features that integrate the WordPress blog with the forum as well as with other plugins such as BuddyPress and Akismet.

bbPress comes with several widgets, available for activation in the WordPress side panel:
1. Forums List
2. Recent Replies – list of recent replies, with on option of setting a number of displayed responses and their dates
3. Recent Topics – a list of recent topics sorted by popularity and date
4. Topic Views List – a list of registered optionally displayed topics
5. Search – a simple forum search
6. Login Widget – a simple login form with an option to register and recover a lost password
7. Statistics – provides forum statistics

The bbPress plugin also has:
– support for shortcodes to create macros that can be used on forum pages
– forum repair option
– an option to import the forum from other applications
– forum reset option
– template system and graphic themes
– a plug-in system enabling the extension of the number of functions
– built-in gravatar support

Citadel

Citadel

Web site: www.citadel.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Address Books, Calendars, E-mail, Forums, Instant Messengers, RSS, Wiki
Platform: BSD, Linux, UNIX-like
License: GPL
Interface: Web UI, CLI
Programing language: C
First release: < 1988

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Citadel – an open source collaboration messaging and groupware suit which is designed to run on open source operating systems such as Linux or BSD. Citadel is a highly integrated Groupware Platform with a AJAX-powered “Web 2.0” interface, but also providing SMTP, IMAP, POP3 and GroupDAV access to its content.

Citadel offers versatile email services with very low administration needed. It provides its own implementations of these server protocols: IMAP, POP3, SMTP, ManageSieve, XMPP, Citadel.

Citadel provides features such as:
– Email, calendaring, address books, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and more … all in one tightly integrated server package. Unlike other open source groupware systems, all of Citadel’s data stores are built-in. All that tedious mucking about with dependencies and config files is a thing of the past.
– High-performance, multiprotocol, multithreaded server engine
– Wiki and blog engines built in. Citadel is a collaboration server and a content management system!
– Web browser, telnet/SSH, local client software accessible
– Standards-compliant e-mail built in: IMAP, POP3, ESMTP
– Group calendaring and scheduling (WebDAV, GroupDAV, and Kolab-1 compatible)
– Built-in listserv (mailing list server)
– Built-in RSS Feed Aggregation
– Integrated server-side mail sorting and filtering. Users can choose between an easy-to-use web based rules editor, or the power of writing complex scripts using the industry standard Sieve language.
– Support for push e-mail and mobile devices
– Database-driven, single-instance message store
– Built-in full text index for fast searching
– Authenticated SMTP for remote email submission
– Multiple domain support
– Built-in integration with perimiter email filtering technologies such as Realtime Blackhole Lists (RBL’s), SpamAssassin, and ClamAV antivirus
– Server-to-server replication. Users in any number of domains can be spread out across any number of Citadel servers, allowing you to put data where you need it, and enabling infinite horizontal scalability.
– Web-based access to email, calendars, and everything else through a powerful AJAX-style front end
– Very strong support for “public folders” and message forums.
– Built-in instant messenger service
– SSL/TLS encryption for all protocols

The Citadel system is extremely versatile. It provides numerous front ends to present to users, such as a text-based interface, an AJAX-style web interface, and many popular PIM clients using SMTP/POP/IMAP.