Eragon wrote:You want to extend this system (phpBB) ... You must use mobile applications .. because everyone now, not at the pc .. in the hands of everyone, there are tablets or smart phone ..
I, personally, have to agree with this wholeheartedly. The mobile platform is gaining momentum faster than anyone would have imagined back when phpBB 3.1 (then 3.2) was first planned out. I believe that, while actual Android an iOS apps are not quite necessary for phpBB, a mobile-optimized board style built by the phpBB Team and included with the official phpBB software package is essential. We cannot keep ignoring the fact that the mobile platform is growing just because it's not convenient for us. I realize that I'm not a developer, and I don't know what it's like to have the pressure and time constraints placed on me that developers are likely to experience, but let's be practical here -- mobile is not just some fad or some transient platform; it's here to stay, and it's only going to get bigger. If we're not willing to adjust our current development plans to keep pace with today's technologies, then in my opinion we deserve to be left behind. How can we expect users and Web administrators to just accept our shortcomings when we're unwilling to take the necessary time and effort to address them? The simple answer is that we cannot. I love phpBB, and I feel as though our current direction suited us at the time when the next version of phpBB was first conceived. However, times have changed, and the needs of users and Web administrators have changed with them. We seem to recognize this, no doubt, but we seem to be better at coming up with excuses for why we're "right" and others are "wrong" than we are at addressing the clear and present issues facing our software and its future.
I mean no disrespect to the Development Team or any other users or team members who contribute to the development process of phpBB, as I respect the fact that you have the dedication and motivation to do what I have not yet been able to. However, I think it's important that we take action to protect our software and ensure a successful future for it. Adaptability in the tech field is key for survival. It's a classic case of Darwin's theory of natural selection, and right now we're analogous to white mice in a dark-colored forest inhabited by predatory hawks.