FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3 - Archived Issues - CHDK Forum supplierdeeply

Poll

Yes or No?

Yes. Let's go.
3 (25%)
No. I like it as is, and don't mind not getting some common board features.
9 (75%)

Total Members Voted: 12

FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3

  • 5 Replies
  • 5198 Views
FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3
« on: 26 / January / 2008, 06:10:10 »
Advertisements
Hi,

There is the possibility of migrating this board to phpbb3 quite easily, without minor loss of database information (nothing relevant).

I guess that I place the question as phpBB is a lot more customizable than SMF (or at least it has a larger modding community), and I have no free time to mess with building features.

What do you think?

*

Offline jeff666

  • ****
  • 181
  • A720IS
Re: FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3
« Reply #1 on: 26 / January / 2008, 07:17:10 »
Quote from: acseven
What do you think?

I think we should keep it the way it is. I remember phpBB as being mentioned many times in security-related issues and I'm not sure if I would trust a program (or rather its developers) that has proven to be unsafe over and over again.

We should only switch if there are great advantages connected to it.

Cheers.

Re: FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3
« Reply #2 on: 26 / January / 2008, 10:36:09 »
I agree with jeff666. I've run a phpBB system for a couple years. Its popularity attracts all sorts of hackers and spammers. By using an IP tracking feature that I installed I can follow how they found my place. They do it by just inputting simple common phpBB index-page strings like "po*ered by phpbb" into google, then they send out their bots to hit all phpBB boards they can find. This is still going on daily, relentlessly. (You should see the extensive, and I do mean extensive, domain ban list that I've had to asssemble over 2 years. Spammers from some countries are so intensive that I had to ban whole countries.) I also had to revamp the whole sign-up routine on mine just so their bots couldn't match the default fields, and yet some still get through on a weekly basis. (Probably manual spammers signing up by hand.)

And, while the phpBB system is extensive for MODS and tweaks and interesting things you can add (to say the least, my own forum has over 50 custom features that I added and then tweaked to make them even more neat), the new phpBB has ONE theme for it, not a very attractive one either. It reminds me of a clunky and kid-like play-dough container for some reason. All old MODS for phpBB 2.x won't work with 3.x yet. So, give it a few years for all the MODers to revamp their code. Plus many of them have moved onto other things and none of the way cool features from the past won't even be ported to the new 3.0.

I say, keep it as it is. Using that white and blue theme here is really attractive, and the board does all it really needs to do. As the ol' saying goes, "if it ain't broke DON'T FIX IT!"  :-)

p.s. acseven, after you have read this, it might be good to edit that "powered by ..." string in this post. That alone showing up in google is enough to send them this way.

« Last Edit: 16 / February / 2008, 05:23:03 by acseven »
[acseven/admin commented out: please refrain from more direct offensive language to any user. FW complaints to me] I felt it imperative to withdraw my TOTAL participation. Nobody has my permission, nor the right, to reinstate MY posts. Make-do with my quoted text in others' replies only. Bye

*

Offline GrAnd

  • ****
  • 916
  • [A610, S3IS]
    • CHDK
Re: FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3
« Reply #3 on: 26 / January / 2008, 17:40:56 »
p.s. acseven, after you have read this, it might be good to edit that "powered by ..." string in this post. That alone showing up in google is enough to send them this way.

Quite the contrary. This string could confuse attack bots, because the forum is not the phpBB, and they just fail applying incompatible hack-methods.
One time I used the same method to hide the real names/engines from hackers. For example, Apache server said that its name is IIS. It was funny to see how they tried to hack that "pseudo-IIS" server using security holes of IIS (they definitely did not work for Apache). :)


Regarding the suggestion... What the feature exists in phpBB which we can't live without? There should be significant changes/improvements in usability to decide to replace the current engine.
« Last Edit: 26 / January / 2008, 17:45:56 by GrAnd »
CHDK Developer.


*

Offline a710is

  • ****
  • 250
  • A710 IS
Re: FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3
« Reply #4 on: 26 / January / 2008, 18:19:02 »
I'd say that this forum is alright.

from 0-3 the score has reached 7-3 now so I guess that most users like the SMF.
like Barney said: if it ain't broke don't fix it

Re: FORUM MIGRATION TO PHPBB3
« Reply #5 on: 27 / January / 2008, 12:21:14 »

I'm glad the vote turned out negative. ;)

p.s. acseven, after you have read this, it might be good to edit that "powered by ..." string in this post. That alone showing up in google is enough to send them this way.

My comment: this is exactly why I suggested the change. I am not willing to change *anything* in this forum except if it comes in a package. I do not have the time/patience to do it.

But once again, for all the community to understand: I opened the forum to be a platform for the communication between CHDK enthusiasts. It will not escalate from that stage, at least while I am the admin. Once more, if the community should need the database to be transferred, there will be no problem from my part. I'm just trying to help until it is necessary.

Have fun

 

Related Topics