ForwardMover wrote:Thanks for quick reply.
I see the showcase idea as being very syngeristic, especially if people are willing to also list some details about how they built their site, such as mods. ( aka case studies).
This benefits phpBB marketing by letting people immediately know what they can create with phpBB, something to inspire them.
It also gives new users, like me, a headstart, in creating a site. For newbies especially, it takes much time and effort to find out which mods to use.
I have to disagree with this somewhat.
As Nathan stated, we examined this idea some time ago and determined that it has merit, but not for some of the reasons that you mention. The biggest benefit, as I see it, is indeed inspiration. The rest, not so much.
Firstly, the sites added to the showcase would be chosen by us. Allowing administrators to add their own sites would quickly become overwhelming, even if we were to set specific standards. Something else to consider is that some administrators will not want to share any details, especially what MODs they have installed. Such information would be useful to hackers, should a vulnerability in a popular MOD be found. In essence, the index would become a list of large sites that could be attacked.
"What MODs to use" should be something you and, potentially, your users, decide. There is no MOD that is absolutely necessary to make a site successful. Moreover, communities make sites successful, and not MODs. Some administrators place too much emphasis on site customisation right from the start instead of focusing on important decisions like focusing on a specific topic and generating a niche community. What results is a site tha is difficult to maintain (either due to 20 different Styles or too many code modifications) with not enough interesting conversation. That ultimately leads to frustration and what I like to call "ghost forums" (forums that have been forgotten by everyone except spam bots and sit around for a few years).