ascensions wrote:There's the irony of PHPBB. It's not able to deal with it either. Say you move a thread to a new forum. You then have 2 completely different URLs archived with different forum variables.
Exactly. In what way is that a phpBB irony?
If there is an irony here, to me it would have to be that anybody can even imagine an SEOed community bulletin board product in the real world. I'm not saying it's inherently ironic, but to me it is difficult to conceive of a bulletin board product that can ensure the validity of third party search results, and that without even getting into the SEO controversy itself. The potential scope of community information volatility is daunting. Just talking about edits, moves, splits, merges, deletions, prunes, temporary posts, and the like fails to capture the full three dimensions of the potential for community information volatility as far as I can see. But perhaps I'm missing something?
I don't deny that phpBB should take SEO seriously. What I think necessary is that phpBB take SEO seriously within context of community information exchange and not as the foundational design directive. Other types of information managment products are better suited to the purpose. IMHO, as always.