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The Webmasters FAQ outlines the nature of acceptable questions for this site: researching available solutions and providing anecdotal advice falls outside the purpose of this StackExchange site, so this type of question would be better-suited to chat or another discussion forum. That being said, there are a variety of free and open source content management ...


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It's potentially illegal and also morally wrong. Basically, if you would be unhappy for someone to read your private messages then it's wrong (morally) and I suspect it would be considered criminal under one of these Canadian Laws (technically the crime would be committed at the location of the server):- Section 342 of the Criminal Code of Canada ...


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They do this because they can go back later on when the thread is forgotten about (e.g. less likely to be moderated) and switch the image with a spam advertisement. Doing it doesn't require anything more then switching out images on their end so even if you delete the account as long as the post remains they will be successful and with virtually no work on ...


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Feverbee, a self-branded "Community Consultancy", has a huge list of resources for community building that might prove useful. Highlights from The 11 Fundamental Laws Of Building Online Communities: Have a community manager. Have a purpose. Use whichever tool/platform your members are most familiar with. Create content about your community. Build ...


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Sitemaps not sitemap when dealing with high volume of content Your first mistake would to assume that you use 'a sitemap', when dealing with sites that contain a lot of content you need to think in terms of 'sitemaps'. Google indexes content without a sitemap Now it's worth mentioning that Google will pretty much index any important URL without the need ...


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This is one of the toughest parts of running any kind of community that grows large enough to require ore then one person to run it. Based on experience I have moderating a large community (SitePoint.com forums) and participating at Q&A sites like StackOverflow you may find a tiered moderator system might suit you. Have new moderators start off with ...


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CAPTCHAs are not bot-proof. There are bot algorithms out there that are perfectly capable of breaking CAPTCHAs, and they're getting better and more widespread with each passing day (while CAPTCHAs have basically reached their maximum opacity). Though in my experience CAPTCHAs can still keep 98% of bots out, so it's unfortunate that your site has been ...


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You seem to have a good understanding of why you should and shouldn't write your own forum software so I'm going to focus on my opinion instead of hashing out facts you already know. Forums are favorite places for spammers to spam. They're right up there with blogs. Even existing forum software have a hard time keeping up with them. If you roll your own ...


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Ok here is a very good possibility which you can test out. Since it's a coupon domain they are potentially cookie stuffing your visitors using the hot linked image. How it works is they hot link to an image on their server. And within their own .htaccess rule they create a redirect so when that image is loaded it redirects to an affiliate link, your ...


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First of all, you need to know a few things about your forum before you can solve this problem. Ask yourself: Why did people visit your forum in the first place? Why did people leave? Is there any way that you can bring the things that people visited your forum back, and remove the things that caused people to leave? If you can't, is there anything you can ...


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Titles are one of the more important on-page elements and are, in my opinion, worth trying to get as accurate and relevant as possible. It does, however, look like the titles are already relatively optimized in terms of your target audience - they reflect the subject matter in the way your audience would search for it. Meta descriptions you can leave out ...


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"Seeding" your forums is definitely a good idea. In fact, the two ideas you have are how most sites go about it. I'd say start a few topics and have your friends participate. If you find that isn't quite working to your level of expectations then you can create a couple of alter egos and add create some good discussions. I'd only do the latter if really ...


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Another solution is to wrap the sig in a span or div with style set to display:none and then use Javascript to take that away so the text displays for browsers with Javascript on. Search engines know it's not going to be displayed so shouldn't index it. This bit of HTML, CSS and javascript should do it: HTML: <span class="sig">signature goes ...


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check out ForumMatrix to compare forums. It will let you search numerous features and compare the results against each other.


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Here is the same answer I provided to noindex tag for google on Stack Overflow: You can prevent Google from seeing portions of the page by putting those portions in iframes that are blocked by robots.txt. robots.txt Disallow: /iframes/ index.html This text is crawlable, but now you'll see text that search engines can't see: <iframe ...


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A resource that you may find helpful is the Managing Communities blog at http://www.managingcommunities.com/ You'll find information and tips for moderating and growing your forum/community effectively.


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A stackexchange style forum would be appropriate for this site (although there are many many other support forums out there). For a list of clones see this meta.stackexchange.com answer. The stackexchange model is designed around users helping users, but if your staff can take part then that's even better. If I were you I'd tweak the code so that users that ...


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I would always load the signature dynamically. That just makes it easier for moderators: if a user has an inappropriate signature, but a good post, they don't need to go back and edit every post with that signature. That lets them deal with the signature separately. In addition, that means that the signature wont be accidentally altered if someone edits the ...


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There's Vanilla and bbPress. They're both relatively simple and have good communities.


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Have you had a look at phpBB3? You can read about their default auth settings here: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Communication-settings-in-phpBB3-65420.shtml They offer LDAP.


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If you're using phpBB 3, then you can reduce the refresh time by editing the posting.php file in the root directory of the script. Inside you'll find (around line 1118 for 3.0.7PL1) an if statement similar to the following, depending on your version: // Check the permissions for post approval. Moderators are not affected. if ...


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bbPress from the makers of WordPress is worth a look.


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I've been a happy vBulletin user for years and years - if vBulletin doesn't already integrate a feature, there's a plugin for it (or you can write your own without too much difficulty). Licensing seems to have increased in price fairly dramatically with the release of vBulletin 4.0, however, I think you'll find it's a worthwhile investment if you plan to ...


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PHPBB has always been good enough for me. You can implement Captcha and you can configure everything else - though the Captcha has been under ridicule. All of the other PHP-based forums have serious security vulnerabilities that I don't think you'd want. For every other feature you might want to know


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Are you asking for a hosted forum that can be integrated into your site via JavaScript? Because it's unlikely that such a service exists. The reason that there are services like Disqus and IntenseDebate is because this content/service model makes sense for page comments. You already have a site full of content organized into pages and managed via a CMS of ...


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Vanilla has an embed plugin that works via a script tag.


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Depends on your definition of "working". Yes, you will get traffic. Yes, it will be chaos. If you don't care about the chaos, then it can work. Otherwise, you are going to run into trouble really quickly. An even bigger problem is if you do allow the chaos for a while and try to reign it in later. When I worked for Reader's Digest, we had a very active ...


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Looking at the source, seoforums.org appears to be using vBulletin, as well as forums.seochat.com. I'm not sure what you mean by "so different"; they could have just applied different CSS styles to each forum.



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