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05-05-2005, 12:36 PM
Just wondering if anyone else has thought about looking into some better, more fully featured bulletin board software...

Either vBulletin or phpBB would be a welcome change from this UBB.classic IMO... better tracking of new posts, improved look-and-feel, etc...

You can see an example of vBulletin here:
http://zx-10r.net/forum/index.php?s=&styleid=6

and an example of phpBB here:
http://www.1000rr.net/forums/index.php

Looking at Infopop's pricing sheet ( http://ubbcentral.com/order.php?product=UBB.classic ), it looks like they want $200 for UBB.classic, whereas vBulletin is only $160, and phpBB is free (open source)...

just a suggestion...

05-05-2005, 12:36 PM
Just wondering if anyone else has thought about looking into some better, more fully featured bulletin board software...

Either vBulletin or phpBB would be a welcome change from this UBB.classic IMO... better tracking of new posts, improved look-and-feel, etc...

You can see an example of vBulletin here:
http://zx-10r.net/forum/index.php?s=&styleid=6

and an example of phpBB here:
http://www.1000rr.net/forums/index.php

Looking at Infopop's pricing sheet ( http://ubbcentral.com/order.php?product=UBB.classic ), it looks like they want $200 for UBB.classic, whereas vBulletin is only $160, and phpBB is free (open source)...

just a suggestion...

Justin Molet
05-05-2005, 07:23 PM
i may be the odd one out here, but i like it the way it is. the few older boards i frequent like this one rarely go down, and load a lot quicker. i hate when there's an update and posts get lost, or you have to re-register, searches don't search right, etc.

Justin Molet
05-05-2005, 07:23 PM
i may be the odd one out here, but i like it the way it is. the few older boards i frequent like this one rarely go down, and load a lot quicker. i hate when there's an update and posts get lost, or you have to re-register, searches don't search right, etc.

cedestech
05-05-2005, 08:05 PM
I believe this is the 4th itteration of the CMRA's BBS.

This one has been bullit proof and Jess does a bad a$$ job of administering it.

Leave it be....some of us are still on dial up and like low band width...

/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

cedestech
05-05-2005, 08:05 PM
I believe this is the 4th itteration of the CMRA's BBS.

This one has been bullit proof and Jess does a bad a$$ job of administering it.

Leave it be....some of us are still on dial up and like low band width...

/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

JesseJohnson
05-05-2005, 10:34 PM
David, are there any particular features you would like to see? There's a whole lot built into UBB 6.7 that I don't use just because it works well the way it is.

If we were starting from scratch, VBB or phpBB would seem to make more sense than UBB. However, we have already paid for UBB many years ago, and the support costs are less than buying a new license for VBB. Not to mention the time and effort involved in switching and migrating.

Also, UBB.classic and UBB.threads are being replaced by one new php/mysql product. Our license will transfer over to that when it is released. You can bet we'll be trying that out as well.

J

JesseJohnson
05-05-2005, 10:34 PM
David, are there any particular features you would like to see? There's a whole lot built into UBB 6.7 that I don't use just because it works well the way it is.

If we were starting from scratch, VBB or phpBB would seem to make more sense than UBB. However, we have already paid for UBB many years ago, and the support costs are less than buying a new license for VBB. Not to mention the time and effort involved in switching and migrating.

Also, UBB.classic and UBB.threads are being replaced by one new php/mysql product. Our license will transfer over to that when it is released. You can bet we'll be trying that out as well.

J

David Milner
05-05-2005, 11:06 PM
I've always subscribed to 2 things. the KISS principle, and "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

David Milner
05-05-2005, 11:06 PM
I've always subscribed to 2 things. the KISS principle, and "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

05-05-2005, 11:40 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Justin Molet:
i may be the odd one out here, but i like it the way it is. the few older boards i frequent like this one rarely go down, and load a lot quicker. i hate when there's an update and posts get lost, or you have to re-register, searches don't search right, etc. </div></div>the speed at which the board loads has little to do with the software... the big factors are the server it's running on and the network connection between it and you. The other problems you mentioned (posts getting losts, re-registering, etc...) are caused more by lack of effective administration than the software itself. I guess I'm just one of those people that see something better out there for free and want to take advantage of it...

Jess, I didn't mean this to be a gripe about UBB... I just come from using (and administering) boards running phpBB, and find some of its little niceties absent in UBB. For example, the way UBB keeps track (or fails to keep track) of new posts... every time you change computers, suddenly all the posts are new again. And even after viewing the new posts in a thread, it is still shown as new until you close all your browser windows and revisit the site (on the same computer of course). It also has no mechanism for taking you to the first new post of an existing thread that you've previously viewed. In each forum, both vBulletin and phpBB tell you who posted the last post in each thread and give you a link to the first unread post. Now, maybe those are all features of UBB not currently being utilized... I don't know... Needless to say, I will be very interested to see what changes/improvements are made in this new version.

All that having been said, I want to say thanks to Jess for his work with this board. It definitely runs smoothly and I have yet to see it down since I started visiting last year...

05-05-2005, 11:40 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Justin Molet:
i may be the odd one out here, but i like it the way it is. the few older boards i frequent like this one rarely go down, and load a lot quicker. i hate when there's an update and posts get lost, or you have to re-register, searches don't search right, etc. </div></div>the speed at which the board loads has little to do with the software... the big factors are the server it's running on and the network connection between it and you. The other problems you mentioned (posts getting losts, re-registering, etc...) are caused more by lack of effective administration than the software itself. I guess I'm just one of those people that see something better out there for free and want to take advantage of it...

Jess, I didn't mean this to be a gripe about UBB... I just come from using (and administering) boards running phpBB, and find some of its little niceties absent in UBB. For example, the way UBB keeps track (or fails to keep track) of new posts... every time you change computers, suddenly all the posts are new again. And even after viewing the new posts in a thread, it is still shown as new until you close all your browser windows and revisit the site (on the same computer of course). It also has no mechanism for taking you to the first new post of an existing thread that you've previously viewed. In each forum, both vBulletin and phpBB tell you who posted the last post in each thread and give you a link to the first unread post. Now, maybe those are all features of UBB not currently being utilized... I don't know... Needless to say, I will be very interested to see what changes/improvements are made in this new version.

All that having been said, I want to say thanks to Jess for his work with this board. It definitely runs smoothly and I have yet to see it down since I started visiting last year...

05-05-2005, 11:44 PM
oh, one more enhancement request I forgot...

how about automatic grammar and spelling correction... /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

05-05-2005, 11:44 PM
oh, one more enhancement request I forgot...

how about automatic grammar and spelling correction... /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Norm McDonald
05-06-2005, 02:53 PM
I'll drink to that!

Norm McDonald
05-06-2005, 02:53 PM
I'll drink to that!

JesseJohnson
05-06-2005, 06:53 PM
What would we ever do without Larry and Ty's typos??

JesseJohnson
05-06-2005, 06:53 PM
What would we ever do without Larry and Ty's typos??

Jason Keene
05-07-2005, 12:34 PM
As long as I can hear Alan's accent in a post, I don't care what we use...

Jason Keene
05-07-2005, 12:34 PM
As long as I can hear Alan's accent in a post, I don't care what we use...

cedestech
05-08-2005, 10:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Jason Keene:
As long as I can hear Alan's accent in a post, I don't care what we use... </div></div>Isn't that the truth!

/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

cedestech
05-08-2005, 10:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Jason Keene:
As long as I can hear Alan's accent in a post, I don't care what we use... </div></div>Isn't that the truth!

/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

David Hirsch
06-16-2005, 11:19 PM
Jess, I just saw this thread. Can you turn the reply notification on?
Thanks,
David

David Hirsch
06-16-2005, 11:19 PM
Jess, I just saw this thread. Can you turn the reply notification on?
Thanks,
David