Besides the good "Use what works best for you" advice, I'm not sure what the OP expects from the official phpBB board. Is he expecting a lot of people to say "Yeah, SMF/MyBB is best. We just prefer working with crappy software?"Marshalrusty wrote:As has been mentioned above, you should use the software that fits your needs best. I would not consider some of what you posted above to be "reviews" as the people are obviously clueless. You don't need other people to tell you what to do: phpBB is free, so you are welcome to test it yourself.
Let's not get carried away. I have never used Jabber, Atom feeds, mass E-mail, warnings, Flash support or LDAP on my board. I'm not saying those are useless -- I'm sure other people need them or love them -- but they're "weighing down" my board. Features that I may use -- like reputation, group-based BBCodes and so on -- aren't available.Marshalrusty wrote:As for not having every feature, that is largely intentional. You might need to install a MOD to do something that exists in another software, but that also means your board isn't being weighed down by features you will never use.
The point is that it's highly unlikely that any feature mix is perfect for even one person (meaning they use every feature and have no other needs), much less a user base as large as phpBB's. You can say that phpBB development tries to err on the lean side, but that's not always what we users want.
In fact, I bet the lean argument was used with phpBB 2.x before phpBB 3.0 was even in beta. If I'm right, all of the new features in phpBB 3.x disproved that argument. And if there are substantial new features in phpBB 3.1.x, it will disprove the argument here, too.
Of course, the improved hook system may obviate the need for many new core features, but we'll see. In fact, maybe we can get the best of both worlds -- a lean core board system and officially supported plug-ins that add substantial functions. Is that being considered?