Sierron wrote:It was a message board and it still be a message board.
Which is what I said.
Sierron wrote:In the memberlist you can search for members after many different things.
Yes, but in a social context, you're generally looking for people who potentially share your interests or who are in a similar location as opposed to what their contact details are or when they joined. The present location field, for example, is a freeform text field where anyone can enter anything. There's no geospatial awareness, no guidance for the user to enter stuff in a format consistent with everyone else. You can't say, "find people near me" or "find people near where I'm going to travel to" as people might enter:
- Town, State
- Town, State, Country
- Town, Country
- Town, County, State, Country
... and all the various abbreviations that go inbetween. The data is not in a normalised format and is therefore fairly useless for searching (not that location is one of the fields presented for searching). This ties into my comment about custom, user controlled groups. Eg. Allowing users to group themselves and to share content in these specific groups.
To a degree, adding groups (as they existing in the system right now) myself and then delegating control of the user groups in phpBB does part of this.. and otherwise adding custom forums for specific interests also goes part of the way, but it's a lot of overhead on my part coming up with these categories and things start to get a little unwieldy.
Right now I have about 24 different forums, though of course within these, some are restricted and/or lower traffic. Having a forum for every possible location doesn't make sense, and the way I think of regions might not make sense to the people in those regions, so allowing users to group themselves has advantages.
lrgrthnlf wrote:Have you been able to add user and group galleries?
I think there is a mod available for this.
I'm sure there is, but you're thinking about this in a compartmentalised rather than holistic fashion. I don't think what I'm asking about would be specifically dealt with by a single mod, so I'm interested in the experience of others who've built a whole environment involving phpBB rather than dealt with specific components in isolation.
lrgrthnlf wrote:Have you suffered any security issues?
Currently I haven't seen one. Issues are fixed soon.
I'm quite well aware that phpBB itself is updated fairly frequently which is one of the reasons I've been using it for over 8 years. My point here is with modifications.. over the years I've seen some components seem to fall out of favour and cease to gain updates. Being more of a system administrator and less of a programmer means I don't necessarily have the skills to find vulnerabilities in code and patch them myself. In assembling a social solution, I'm interested in components with staying power and people's experiences with said components. Essentially trying to discern best of breed based upon the experience of others.
lrgrthnlf wrote:Have you integrated with facebook or myspace?
Oh please no. NO.
Yes, facebook and myspace have their elements of evil, sure.. but like them or hate them, people do like to link to external content from them.. to share/promote things that interest them on these systems. Yes, I hate myspace profiles with animated GIFs (who the hell came up with the idea of having to thank people for adding you by default with some garish animated monstrosity?) and embedded music that auto plays. Yes, if someone asks me to help them fertilise their crops, I'll ignore it. That said, they're still both powerful platforms for getting people to share stuff. I use facebook daily to share pictures and links with people and stay up to date with friends whom in the past I might have only spoken to once a year. You may argue that such people aren't really friends and aren't worth keeping up with, but I'd say that's not true for all cases. People may move away, their lives may become busier and thus they may not have the same opportunities to socialise with you as they did in the past.