Pony99CA wrote:What somebody calls it on their own site is one thing. However, unless you're a noob here, you know that forums are different than boards (and you don't call topics "threads", either) -- especially when calling other admins clueless for something so shallow as using the default style. If terminology isn't important, why have so many people on this board made the distinction?
Personally, I use forum and board interchangeably, even though "forum" is technically the term for the individual areas in which topics are posted, whereas "board" is the collection of fora (pl. of forum). I have been known to do the same with topic and thread (because in some cases, if I am saying "the original topic of this topic", that is more unclear than "the original topic of this thread"). I may be a "noob", I'm not sure. But ultimately, it really isn't important.
Back on topic, what I like most about phpBB is its ease of customization (note the "z", I am American, and we spel rite
). I'm sure that other software is customizable as well, or they probably wouldn't have very large communities. However, phpBB has a fairly straightforward code base that is easy to follow. I originally started out making MODs, and then began contributing the core as well. I enjoy doing both.