You might "love" phpbb, but saying stuff like "I think a lotta people will switch to a different software when it goes gold" is pretty antagonistic, don't you think?
Not at all. I'm just saying. I made an assumption when I first installed 3.0 back around RC2 that the bots were taking care of. That "buggy"ness of 2.0 was taken care of, because 3.0 could identify and serve different content to bots. In reality, other than restricting a few links, the bots feature is truly not being used.
Now yes it was my fault for assuming, but alot of people are going to go to this software and experience the same 3-4 month learning curve. Much of which could be very easily dealt with by including some small changes in the general release. Oddly enough it doesn't have to be that way, but it is that way because the changes aren't taking place... and yes it's going to turn many away.
In any event, 3.0's been in development for some months now, and a lot of the features were being discussed over on Area51, during that time. And up to the point when phpbb 3.0 was feature frozen. If you guys were so adamant about SEO protocols, you should've gotten up off your butts and gone and checked area51 to see what was going on and make sure that was included.
Should of, could of, would of... you seem offended. I can't build a time machine, but code changes can be made. Sorry.
Phpbb's most useful aspect has not been the forum software itself, but the community and mods that have supported it. 3.0 is going to expand upon that by making the base forum software really good to start off with, that way when you mod your forum, it'll be awesome. Now granted, SEO is pretty important stuff to consider.
Agreed, and good point. PHPBB is the muscle car of forums. It spits gasoline, and makes alot of noise, but you're always needing to tune it up, or else it won't start. It "is" the tinkerer of all forums. That however doesn't make the point moot that you should purposely build it with 14 doors and 2 wheels.
But search engine indexing isn't exactly a science, there's a lotta different ways to go about doing things with it, and there's a lot of different search engines.
Actually it is. It's math. It's algorithms, and it makes perfect sense to quite a few people. Bots don't have feelings and emotions, they're not going to say "Ooooh it's a PHPBB board, and I like them, they get to have duplicate content on 12 different links."
There's not gonna be one proven way to do it. And SEO isn't without flaws. Phpbb has it's bot system, things have been revised. It IS more search engine friendly than 2.x.
That's debatable. I think it "has" the ability too, but when all things weigh out, it's worse.