thecoalman wrote:I agree 100% but to quote the original OP again these aren't "fluffy bunny" requests but just basics. Considering phpbb is at the forefront of forum software at the very least basic SEO should be taken into consideration. If for example the f= is used only for the "who is online" it's certainly not required to make phpbb run well, IMO that is a "fluffy bunny" feature. Doubling the already bloated duplicate URL's to implement such a feature is actually taking a huge step back instead of going forward as far as SEO is concerned.
This, of course, perfectly illustrates the priorities problem software developers always face. Development priorities are easy to sift through from out here, less easy from the captain's chair. Especially for a long overdue release.
As you can see from this thread, there are people who think tight SEO overkill in the core product. Also evident is that there are people who think otherwise. Ascensions wants to see which approach out performs the other, but of course that simply begs the priorities question.
I still think it'd be nice if this discussion (sans provocative title) restarted at area51 when 3.1 rolls out. At this point the discussion seems too easily bogged down in the competing priorities rather than in a more productive (IMHO) technical discussion of making SEO work with the feature set at hand. But I suspect the pong game will go on since there appear to be too many vested interests in SEO to let the thread drop to page two here.