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Hey guys I know there has been alot of chatter about user forums. Here is my suggestion.

I am setting up my own forums using phpbb and here are a few points that i would like to make in regards to using it.

1) Localization

I only need one language, but localization administration seems quite easy to do via the administrator control panel.

2) Forum security.

Forum security is a big issue especially against spammers and those who break the forum rules. Image based captcha comes as part of phpbb and one needs to ensure the appropriate required packages are installed for it to work.

Another issue is those people who break forum rules. Bans can be made using a persons email address as well as ip address and vice versa to ensure that a given person cannot re register.

Forum permissions are easy to manage as well as everyone ends up in a group, and those groups are given particular permissions depending on the group.

I am not sure if one already has an account on the wiki if phpbb can use existing accounts in a particular database or someone would be required to reregister again.

Another perk about using phpbb we can then customize it to have a TDF look and feel.


Jonathan Aquilina

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