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What forum software should I use?

This is a general, community wiki catch-all question to address "I need a forum script that does x, y, and z..." questions. If your question was closed as a duplicate of this question and you feel ...
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How to start and encourage an online community?

We're looking to add a forum/online community area to our website. Previous attempts of encouraging comments and interaction have failed and the community tends to die a death eventually. So, I've ...
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Forum Spam Question. Why are Chinese hackers posting tiny images on my forum

My forum is getting attacked by spammers with Chinese IP's. Replies are created to discussion topics, always short responses and along with the response an image is inserted using forum code which is ...
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Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page

As a webmaster in charge of a tiny site that has a forum, I regularly receive complains from users that both the internal search engine and that external searches (like when using Google) are totally ...
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Are there any tried and tested methods for rejuvenating an old message board?

I have a moderately successful message board with an excellent (but tiny) community associated with it. One of my goals for the month is to try and increase the amount of users on the site and also ...
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Are there any legal implications to reading a user's privates messages on a forum?

I'm the webmaster of a forum and we are having trouble with a user and we suspect he uses privates messages to do illegal business (not illicit, but illegal according to the forum rules). Are their ...
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Should I include forum posts in the sitemap?

I am launching a medical discussion forum for sharing study materials and discussing other topics. The forum will probably grow fast and reach at least a few hundred topics. Should every discussion ...
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How to save a forum that is losing activity?

With the rise of sites like Reddit, Stack Exchange, etc. the bulletin board has slowly decreased in activity. I run a nonprofit security, ethical hacking and programming forum that was once very ...
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Adding a Forum to my site: build one from scratch or use existing open-source platform?

Note: I posted this originally to stackoverflow.com, had it closed, and was told to post it on programmers.stackexchange.com. So I posted it on programmers.stackexhange.com, had it cloased, and was ...
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How to handle moderators effectively?

I've been running/developing browser based games for several years now, and the one complaint I get over and over is that the mods are terrible. I even did a survey recently, and while my support ...
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Forum vs Q&A system

I would like to know what are the parameters that I have to take into consideration before deciding whether I should incorporate to a website a "Q&A system" or a traditional forum ? I think ...
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Should I create topics in a forum I'm about to launch so that new users won't feel it is “empty”?

I'm about to launch a discussion forum about Taiwan. I'm really trying to figure out how to deal with the first visitors. I've thought about the following so far: Invite few friends to start some ...
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Are there any useful tools to mirror a mailman mailing list as a forum? [closed]

We have a mailman mailing list however as we all know this is not very user friendly in terms of searching the archives. I am looking at a way to enable the continued functionality of mailman while ...
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How do I migrate a MyBB forum to Vanilla?

I am running MyBB 1.6 and want to convert to vanilla forum. There are no converters that I know of. Is there a way to do it using a middleman forum that is supported by both ? eg mybb -> phpbb ...
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Identical spam coming from many different (but similar) IP addresses

A forum I run has been the victim of spam user accounts recently - several accounts that have been registered and the profile fill with advertising/links. All of this is for the same company, or group ...
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Per-Thread Visibility PHPBB

I'm trying to implement a registration system for a board I'm running, and I want a forum where every thread is invisible to everyone but the person who started it and the moderator staff. I want ...
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The concept of reputation and its effects on an online community

Having recently introduced the concept of a '+rep' button to an online community I manage, I've noticed a couple of things. It functions as the thanks button does on vBulletin (user says 'thanks' to a ...
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Tons of spam on phpBB even with recapcha enabled [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent spam on sites which I control? I am running a phpBB forum where the requirements were that users shouldn't have to sign up in order to post. They ...
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What is a CMS with good user forums support? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? If I'm starting from scratch with any CMS I want, which one has good support (or a plugin) for discussion forums?
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What platform can I use to establish a users support forum?

I was asked to develop a users support community forum for a small and young hi-tech company. This kind of forums is very popular with companies these days and is a great alternative to the official ...
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Forum with LDAP integration?

Is there any popular forum software (installable, not hosted), that has LDAP integration for users? Ubuntu server, Python would be nice but not required, authentication only for now, although ...
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Preventing adult content in a forum

I'm working on a forum that allows images attached to the posts and doesn't require registration. Thing is, I'd like to provide a work-safe navigation option in which the posts with porn images ...
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What points should I include in my forum's community guidelines?

I'm running a forum that's open to the public, which has predominantly been civil and on-task for the last 3.5 years. Recently, however, there's been an ongoing, unproductive dispute between a ...
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Links from pages with poor/no ranking, is there anything I can do about this?

A site I help with sells a particular set of items, they have a strong reputation locally, and sell parts nationally online. From an observational point of view I enjoy working with them as they do ...
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Kunena forum permissions problem

I am using a Kunena forum, and I have made some pages accessible only for a new group made by me named "Member". The problem is that when I make someone "Member", some of them can see the pages and ...
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GitHub forum/helpdesk solution

Our open source software website is migrating from Redmine to GitHub (pages, wiki, issues) and the only missing thing is Forum/Discussions. GitHub does not have such feature yet and allows only static ...
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Alternative to vBulletin [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? I'm currently using vBulletin along with a bunch of plugins like vBSEO, shoutbox and others for a sports discussion site. I just don't ...
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Online forum software or services [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? What forum software is out there? I've used PhpBB in the past, but that was a long time ago and I'm guessing there might be better ...
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Will a forum work without moderators?

I'm starting a forum site. Right now, its only me, so I won't have moderators. Will this be a chaos or it will work anyway? (My site is a discussion forum focused on a country). EDIT (will this spam ...
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Chinese bots in my forum

I have a small community forum that doesn't really get posts or any real traffic. The only thing that happens on the regular is bots with Chinese IPs signing up gibberish usernames. Most bots don't ...
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Strange spam posts not making sense [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of spam is this? I'm running a web site with a forum where one small part is open for posting from unregistered users. The site uses captcha, but still some ...
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How to reduce delay between forum posts in phpbb

In my phpbb forum, just after I post a reply to a thread, a page is shown and I've to wait around 5 secs to return back to the thread. How do I reduced the time to 0. (I tried setting the "Flood ...
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Should I use a subdomain or subdirectory for a Q & A forum section of a site?

I run a coupons and deals website in a niche market, and I'm in the process of adding a questions and answers section to it. Based on my research, I found popular websites that use either ...
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Analytics referrer forum thread

When I'm in analytics I sometimes get a referral from a forum, something like: http://forums.example.com Then when I click on it, it gives me a page like: /viewTopic.php Is there any way to get ...
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Which forum software is this site using? [closed]

Can anybody tell me if it's vbulletin/phpbb etc used by this site: seoforums.org . if it's vbulletin then why is this site: forums.seochat.com so different?
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Forum that integrates into CMS and has curated category pages with tagged threads [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? I'm looking for a forum that meets these requirements: Login using Facebook/Twitter/OpenID etc. User profiles with reward system ...
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What terms/conditions should I have in place for a site popular with children/teenagers?

I'm working on a site with a forum, for which the current user base is fairly young. For the forum, where do I stand legally with children/teenagers signing up? For example, I believe Facebook ...
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Forum software alternative to phpBB3 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? I've been using phpBB3 for quite some time now. It seems to me this forum software hasn't evolved at all in all these years. Installing ...
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How can I migrate from phpBB 3.x to SMF?

I have a phpBB 3.x-based site which I would like to migrate to SMF - basically, all threads, posts, user accounts and possibly PMs. This seems to be possible, but I haven't been able to find a solid ...
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Google doesn't index a subdomain. What can be the problem and what can be done?

I have a domain, let's call it example.com, which has a subdomain, games.example.com. I maintain a games forum using phpbbseo which is located at games.example.com/forum. The problem is that the forum ...
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Highly SEO optimised forum posts

Given the following forum post: Basics of how internals of Construct work I've used GameMaker in the past. And I know some C++ and have used a few 3d engines with it. I have also looked ...
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Should forum signatures be statically stored with the post?

I have seen forums do this both ways in the past, but I thought it might warrant a wider discussion. My question is, when a user posts in a forum which supports signatures, should that signature be ...
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Here we go again - quest for web hosted forum via javascript

disclaimer If this is the wrong location for this question, then please advise me accordingly. backgound I've been using Disqus and intense debate as a 'comments' service for a variety of my ...
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Best lightweight PHP/MySQL forum with spam-protection [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? I have already searched and checked out posts like this and this but it isn't what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a lightweight ...
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Good message board for a website (e.g. phpBB) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? What are the best (and most widely used) Linux-based message board softwares, and the pros and cons of each. e.g. Security ...
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Suggestions of internet forum software [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? I'm going to be setting up a few internet forums to test out the software. I was going to be doing this with vBulletin, but they don't ...
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Is repeating titles on a forum considered keyword stuffing?

My forum shows 50 posts per page, and each post has a <h3>-tag with the topic title in it. The meta title and actual title also use this sentence. More often than not, the thread itself also ...
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Using topic titles as img alt text on a forum?

I have a (mostly) standard phpBB forum so right now, images that are posted in [IMG] BB-tags don't have an alt text. I would like to change this and I'm doubting between two options: Use the topic ...
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Forum software advice needed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? we want to migrate our sites current forum (proprietary built) to a newer, more modern (feature rich) platform. I've been looking ...
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Forum posting VS signature

Signature VS forum profile section line as backlink VS answering a question and giving a related post URL as the answer is better? Will a signature be better or forum posting and helping with an ...