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How many phpBB forums ?

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Is it possible to say how many phpBB forums there are in existence ?
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harv wrote:Is it possible to say how many phpBB forums there are in existence ?
http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22powered+by+phpbb%22

Approximately 44.5 million. That's not including domains that contain more than one forum, and not including forums that removed or changed the copyright.
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There are milions website using phpBB2 and now phpBB3 so far. The biggest is http://www.gaiaonline.com, it also the biggest forums on planet.
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hmm i got: 56,800,000 results..
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phpBB must be easy to use.

If there are that many forums in existence, and if each admin posted one message on this board, then, well.. I imagine it would take forever to answer all the posts. :shock:
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Any more recent count of user boards globally been made available?
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have you tried a google search?
I did, 63.8M returns. a few of them are not actually boards.
also, that would only be bringing back phpbb 3 results because the search term I used
was not on the page before phpbb 3
so, all those millions of phpbb2 boards are not in there, all of the boards that have removed that copyright line from the footer are not there, etc. etc.

I don't know for sure but I assume that number is much much higher than any other bulletin board software.

why do you ask?


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I got, "About 21,600,000 results (0.36 seconds)."

Without the quotes, "About 49,100,000 results (0.32 seconds) ."
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exactly what search term did you use and what search engine did you use? just curious.
I used google.com and "phpBB Limited" without the quotes.

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Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:44 pm
have you tried a google search?
I did. It led me to this topic. :idea:
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Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:15 am
exactly what search term did you use and what search engine did you use? just curious.
I used google.com and "phpBB Limited" without the quotes.

robert
Google using this with and without quotes.

"powered by phpbb"

I get 35.9 Mil using phpBB Limited without quotes.
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Only 1210 using this Google Dork:

Code: Select all

inurl:styles filetype:cfg
1320 with:

Code: Select all

intitle:"styles" "style.cfg"
394 with:

Code: Select all

intitle:"prosilver" "style.cfg"
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John connor wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:55 am
"powered by phpbb"
Not to mention the many sites that have removed all phpBB copyright information.
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But why would Google have indexed style.cfg, except in some case where it was explicitly asked to? There are no "links to style.cfg" that Google should be following on phpBB sites. Those style.cfg-related searches look like they are only finding sites that have accidentally or intentionally left directory listings enabled.

Separately, POWERED_BY is also subject to translation now. So any of the "Powered by phpBB" searches are only going to hit sites where translation of this phrase is still in English, even if the site does still have the copyright info displayed.

Maybe picking on a phrase like "It is currently" in addition to "Powered by phpBB" could help count "just the front page of phpBB sites." Not withstanding this literal phrase is "only English" and "only if the style in use actually displays it", too. Otherwise any of those earlier searches in this topic were counting "all phpBB-hosted pages indexed by Google", and not "a count of phpBB sites indexed by Google."

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22powered+by+phpbb%22+%22it+is+currently%22

And repeat that for every language pack, including where it's seen the POWERED_BY phrase has or has not been translated.
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We are still at PHPBB2. 15 years and counting. When big-boards was still tracking, we were #2 behind Gaia
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