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use phpBB to start a Community?Still in 2020

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Hi,
I thought about using phpBB to start a community about a Software, Filemaker and its users here in Brasil, in Portuguese.
I have installed a Bitnami testate with phpbb3.3 on AWS .
We have plenty of forums about Filemaker in English, but this forum would be in Portuguese.
My question. How big is the workload to setup, administer such a forum, with SPAM and all.
Do you think, that nowadays people do not prefer other channels, like whatsappgroups or Facebook or Telegram or Slackchannel for this type of communication? Is a phpBB forum still the way to go to have people communicate, share and hopefully make a community grow?
Thanks maiden

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maiden wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:53 pm
I have installed a Bitnami testate with phpbb3.3
Firstly it is not recommended that you use a "one click" installer for phpBB as these use modified files and if you have problems it can be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to fix the. You are better off downloading the files from here and then uploading them to your server.
maiden wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:53 pm
Is a phpBB forum still the way to go to have people communicate, share and hopefully make a community grow?
I think that if you are dealing with a technical subject then you have a better chance than if it is a social topic.
maiden wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:53 pm
How big is the workload to setup, administer such a forum, with SPAM and all.
If you follow some of the guides that you will find on this site you should be able to have a "basic" site up and running in a few hours. How much more time and effort will be up to you.

One tip - start small and expand as your board grows - don't try to be all encompassing from the start.
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if you are looking for a platform for having discussions about a given topic, a bulletin board like phpbb is the exact thing you need. very few of the current crop of "social media" platforms work very well for a true discussion based system like a bulletin board system does.

and, of course, here at phpbb.com we think that phpbb is the best of the bulletin board softwares out there.
I is secure, easy to setup and use etc. etc.

oh, and it is free. if you are serious about it, you need to have a domain name and a hosting account and install it yourself with the files from here.

as to whether your subject is a viable one for a discussion board, I have no idea what FileMaker is.

however, if you can make your board unique in some way , offer your members something different or better than the competition does, they you can make a success of it.

luck,
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Hey David and Robert,
thanks for your nice replies.
I think I will give it a try. I already spun up a server and have a domain name..
v3.3 has no Portuguese translation yet.. so I just leave it in English, for now..
I liked the tip of "starting simple" .. That's my thing.. hehe.

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maiden wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:34 pm
v3.3 has no Portuguese translation yet.. so I just leave it in English, for now..
There is one but I can't guarantee it's complete.
warmweer wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:42 pm
On https://github.com/phpbb-pt/phpbb_langu ... anguage/pt you could download the latest Portuguese language pack which is for 3.3.0.
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maiden wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:53 pm
Is a phpBB forum still the way to go to have people communicate, share and hopefully make a community grow?
Thanks maiden
Of course it is. Despite the rise of social media, forums are flourishing. People will always go to forums for information. It's reliable and you can find the info you need easily and quickly.

Forums will always be here and if you have interesting posts and content, your forum will grow into a live community. But you need to make time for it and put in a lot of effort to make it big :)
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Forex Station wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:10 pm
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Of course it is. Despite the rise of social media, forums are flourishing. People will always go to forums for information. It's reliable and you can find the info you need easily and quickly.

Forums will always be here and if you have interesting posts and content, your forum will grow into a live community. But you need to make time for it and put in a lot of effort to make it big :)
This, but worth taking the time to set up generous file size limits and make use of the new improved functions for seamlessly compressing images. If people have to faff about resizing photos on their smartphone before uploading, they will be off to a FB group. Which in some cases might not always be a bad thing ;)
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Starting your own site is the best way go if you dont want to worry about somebody else deciding what you can post. freedom of Expression, Fredom of speech, and all that.
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