MarkTheDaemon wrote:I was using the User Add MOD as an example of a feature that could be included in the core because it improves functionality of phpBB as a bulletin board. Gallery functionality is great but it should always remain as a MOD because it isn't what phpBB is designed to do. This doesn't mean that I want User Add MOD included into the phpBB distribution any more than I want Gallery functionality included, but I can see where one would enhance the software in a way that fits within what the project is actually about, a bulletin board system.
So what happens if a user proposes a Gallery and the community expresses great interest (for argument's sake, assume that it got more interest than any of the "real board" updates)? Should the developers just veto that saying "That's not part of a bulletin board" and be done with it?
Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:The only thing I disagree with in this topic ( not you ) is the idea that just because there are new types of social network projects out there, that phpbb has to become one of them. phpbb is a bulletin board. It always has been a bulletin board and I see no reason why it SHOULD change from that to remain relevant.
Way after the next new social networking fad has come and gone, the bulletin board will still be around and even if phpbb stays just as it is, I believe it will remain at the top of the heap for bulletin board software because that is what it is and it does a great job.
That depends on the market, doesn't it? I can imagine that buggy whip manufacturers thought that there was no reason that they should change their business when the automobile first came out, thinking that buggies had been around long before autos and would continue to be long after the auto "fad" was gone. How did that work for them?
WIll that happen to bulletin boards? I hope not, but I don't know. However, unless you have some precognitive abilities that you haven't shared with us, you don't know, either.
Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:I don't mean to say that phpbb should not make any changes or add any new features etc. I just don't believe it has to in order to remain relevant.
This is where I disagree, and your viewpoint is very complacent if I may say so. There are a number of different options that people can choose from when starting a forum in terms of "free" forum software, and we need to make sure that we are ahead of the competition when it comes to features that enhance the experience of using the product.
Exactly. In a competitive vacuum, Lumpy may well be correct that phpBB wouldn't need to do anything. However, phpBB competes against a number of free and paid alternatives, and not advancing is tantamount to moving backward (because the competition is