MGadAllah wrote:- ... and the list goes on.
If the list of missing basic
features goes on, then one has to wonder what people expect of open source bulletin board software. Open source software is, in part, about the freedom to modify, to adapt. I'm tempted, after hanging around here as long as I have, to think that a significant percentage of people who want more features in phpBB want it to be a free vB or IPB and not phpBB at all.
I have to confess, as I have often in the past, that because of my age, I look at all this differently. My first bulletin board participation was on an Atari 8-bit computer with a 40 column text display. It wasn't conducted on the Internet, and most of the BBS SysOps imposed connect time limits since they had a limited number of lines available to their boards. But the key is, in spite of nearly complete lack of features relative to today's Internet-driven BBSs, we had a great time both running and using discussion boards.
So I tend to be lean and conservative when it comes to bulletin board software. And on those occasions when I've needed something it wasn't realistic to do with phpBB, I use something else.
And I often wonder how it can be good for phpBB to make is bigger by a list that "goes on." I think of the existing workload of the relatively small phpBB teams as things are now and wonder how it would be good for them to add a significant number of features.
That said, as we all know (or have opportunity to know), phpBB 3.0 wasn't called Olympus for no reason. It will be interesting to see what 3.2 look like, since it will be the first real release of the software more or less free of the Mt. Olympus climb.
We should talk less, and say more.