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Discussion board software?

I'm searching for Discussion board software that is stable, fast, and hopefully free.
My application for it is to enhance user support and build a community surrounding the product.  Joel wrote an article regarding his earlier attempts with this challenge, and eventually broke down to write his own.

What do you recommend?

Thursday, February 6, 2003

without a bit more detail, it is quite hard to recommend.

How big is the audience. How tech savy are they?? Do you want something simple and fast. Do you want something with lots of features (read animated smilies)?

There are a lot of different boards php, asp, perl on http://www.hotscripts com

Thursday, February 6, 2003

I would write my own.  It is not difficult if you know HTML, VBScript, ASP programming and database access via ADO.  I could prolly e-mail you a 'sample' one I wrote if you want.

Although I have'nt investigated the alternatives, I have heard that things like EZBoard are clumsy and expensive.

Dave B.
Thursday, February 6, 2003

that was supposed to be

Thursday, February 6, 2003

There are a whole bunch of excellent ones out there for various needs. Some are commercial software (like ) but there are many that are free (but paid support is usually available also.

For free ones, here are a few:

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Here's another free one

Thursday, February 6, 2003

The discussion forum at is free and has the full source code available.


Philip Janus
Thursday, February 6, 2003

Probably, it's a stupid quesion, answered already hunderds of times... But what is the discsussion engine behind the JoS site? I can see that it's writeen in ASP... but is it some proprietary Joel's code or something availaible for free?

It just seems to be the best discussion  format I've ever seen (from both logic and presentation points of view).

Thursday, February 6, 2003

phpBB is very, very easy to setup and use, and has all the feature's you'd want in a discussion board.

Patrick Lioi
Thursday, February 6, 2003

Fog Creeked did their own and wrote about it:

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Great, thanks, tk!

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Don't write your own!

The PHP/MySQL ones are very good:

Thursday, February 6, 2003

If you are a perl-phine, you can use slash, the code behind slashdot.  Runs on MySQL and has an advanced request caching mechanism to get it to deal wiht....Slashdotting?

Adam Young
Thursday, February 6, 2003

J. B. Conners has a forum that looks a lot like the JoelOnSoftware boards:

You need PHP and MySQL.

Alex Chernavsky
Thursday, February 6, 2003

When phpbb and similars are to heavy for your application, I recommend to check out "phorum", It's build on php/mysql and has the most useful features though is still pretty slick.

Gertjan de Back
Friday, February 7, 2003

We used idealbb ( ) on a recent site. The demo version is free, the lite version about $300. We used the most expensive version which comes with full asp source (if its mission critical and it fails, at least you can fix it). It runs against SQL Server.

I thought it was really good; Easy to install + customise; easy to use. One of the other developers moaned about not having gone with some other solution - I forget which - but that may have been because he'd used it before.

This is the only bb solution I've done, though.

Saturday, February 8, 2003

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