crabpaws wrote:As someone who is shopping for forum software, I'd like to see some screenshots of forum features.
There is a live demo
of phpBB3 available that is an excellent tool that allows one to evaluate the software-- what specific features do you believe need additional emphasis in the form of screenshots?
The advantage to screenshots is that they can be studied, maybe printed out and annotated. Also, live demos require an investment in bandwidth and time that, at my point in shopping, I don't care to make. (On some sites -- not saying that phpBB would be this sloppy -- the demo might crash my browser. As it is, I just had to close down an unresponsive script on this very page, while I was typing this response.
What I wanted was a quick, lightweight view of the forum and User Control Panel so I could get a basic idea if it was in the ballpark (as we say in the US) for my purpose and users. A shot of the Admin Control Panel would also expedite evaluation by those us who are not utterly entranced by the guts of software and its documentation.
(What's with the hex codes for colors? 95% of my users will be mystified by that alone. Here's a place where fewer choices in plain language would be more usable -- they're not creating Web art, dang it.)
I don't know what other features deserve screenshots. At this point, I'm not that familiar with the software. If I adopt it, I will surely give my suggestions.
PS Not clear how phpBB could be used as a site platform as well as a bbs. (I want a blog with a bbs attached.) Please point me to an explanation.
Phil wrote:phpBB's default language pack (and the one used by this forum/the vast majority of installations) is indeed British English--this is primarily attributable to the fact that much of phpBB's leadership/development has been managed by Europeans.....
It's refreshing that it's not US-centric. Could you please also incorporate some British turns of phrase in the spellchecker? I find them very entertaining. And a British accent would be delightful.
crabpaws wrote:(Hmmmm, I saved this by mistake, it became a draft. Then I had to find it and figure out how to post it. I'm a usability designer, I'm seeing areas where my users will be confused.)
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I like it as a feature, but the interaction needs to be cleaned up. When I get time, I'll suggest something. I'm an information architect and usability designer.
Here's a possible bug: I set the post order *twice* in my User Control panel to most recent first (was it "descending"??) and it didn't stick.Also, down below, the scrolling of the earlier posts is hinky, it's probably too heavy for the browser. Expanded view works a lot better.
Which brings me to another question, as an admin, can I reword labels on buttons and choices in menus? Why not "most recent first" instead of "descending"??? Please, I want as few questions from my users as possible. They're just ordinary people, don't make them think!