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Yet Another Bulletin Board 2.0 Released

ScuttleMonkey posted about 9 years ago | from the the-price-is-right dept.

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George Maschke writes "Yesterday, lead developer Corey Chapman announced the release of Yet another Bulletin Board 2.0. The new version of this free, open source software adds many new features and improvements, bringing its feature set more in line with that of rival phpBB. YaBB 2.0 may also be downloaded directly for a quick look."

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More links (0, Offtopic)

Kj0n (245572) | about 9 years ago | (#13694424)

A few links for completeness:

It's "rival": phpBB [] .
A description of forum software [] on Wikipedia.

It's taking a Slashdotting head-on... (2, Funny)

G-Licious! (822746) | about 9 years ago | (#13694438)

I must investigate this further.

NNTP? (2, Interesting)

samjam (256347) | about 9 years ago | (#13694470)

The essential lacking feature is generally threaded NNTP access.


Re:NNTP? (2, Informative)

timdorr (213400) | about 9 years ago | (#13694593)

It's a PHP script, not a network server.

Re:NNTP? (3, Insightful)

samjam (256347) | about 9 years ago | (#13694940)

and yet.... I've seen and ran webservers written entirely in php.

PHP has network socket capabilities, can be run outside of a webserver as a standalone scripted app - and with, arbitrary C/C++ libraries can easily be linked in to extend php.

However, my point wasn't against PHP (the source to which I have made some contributions) but all the various bulletin boards which are really discussion boards most of which seem to re-invent in the face of NNTP because few of the authors even know about it, or anything that cannot be shown in a web browser.

TWIG was a very good php webmail/nntp news reader; further it is possible to have an NNTP interface to most BB systems except to the degree that they allow editing of existing threaded posts.

My main grouch was the number of discussions I have an interest in that take place on these foul^H^H^H^Hless than ideal and well tried messaging systems when NNTP is much simpler to read; thank goodness for that mirrors most mailing lists via NNTP and threaded web interface albeit without the pretty skins and fanciful markup language. It hurts to see 20 year old good systems badly re-written in html and javascript, but only because im contast it hurts to use them.

The tone of my comment makes me sound like William Caxton railing against the ignorant artists who make use of the printing press for ..... pictures!! ( don't know that he ever did rail against them, but I could probably do a pretty good impression)


Re:NNTP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13703934)

THe reason NNTP is headed for extinction is because it has poor moderation capabilities. Yes, it is possible, but it is a PITA compared to web boards. Every time some troll/flamer comes into a newsgroup he basically destroys it, and there is no way to control it.

Re:NNTP? (2)

rebug (520669) | about 9 years ago | (#13695838)

Looks like a Perl script to me.

Yuck (1, Interesting)

Quattro Vezina (714892) | about 9 years ago | (#13694487)

Am I the only person who can't stand the whole phpBB/YaBB/UBB forum style?

Give me a good WWWBoard-based script over that crap any day. Hell, I'll even prefer a 2ch-style script over a crappy UBB-style script.

Re:Yuck (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | about 9 years ago | (#13694735)

You might just be that one and only person.

YUCK ! (1)

hummassa (157160) | about 9 years ago | (#13694860)

No, you have at least me for company.

Re:YUCK ! (1)

silvaran (214334) | about 9 years ago | (#13695290)

Me too!

Re:YUCK ! (1)

Got Laid, Can't Code (897495) | about 9 years ago | (#13698544)

Don't forget me!

Re:YUCK ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13702580)

We'd have to remember you first. Ha!

Oblig... (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | about 9 years ago | (#13694607)

Slashdot is not freshmeat

Scoop... (3, Funny)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | about 9 years ago | (#13694751)

But apparently it is! With the glaring lack of high quality story submissions suitable for the front page of the Slashdot blog, the "editors" have no choice but to draw from the other OSTG portals as well as commercial "Slavertisment" content. If only more Slashdot visitors would submit quality content that meets the necessary standards.

Re:Scoop... (1)

fief (12961) | about 9 years ago | (#13694793)

Or perhaps-- the editors could seek out good material themselves.

Re:Scoop... (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | about 9 years ago | (#13694801)

Well, I suppose there is a small statistical possibility.

phpbb makes the internet better (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13694728)

yabb makes the internet suck

anon post lol

how's the security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13695123)

So... phpBB looks like it was written by a 12-year old (big long complex lines, variables are initialized miles away from where they are used, one piece of code cleans input, then another piece "uncleans" it for display purposes, yuck,eyuck, yuck).

How does yabb look?

Also, I seem to recall an internet chat thing called "yabbs" from roughly 1995, anybody remember that? First thing I though of, anyway.

Boring (1, Informative)

Psionicist (561330) | about 9 years ago | (#13695144)

Try instead. Small, fast, slick.

Re:Boring (1, Informative)

Watts Martin (3616) | about 9 years ago | (#13695459)

And PunBB does just about everything that I actually want a bulletin board system to do, without the "kitchen sink" feeling. I was wondering if I was the only person who'd ever run across the thing. (I quasi-integrated it with the Textpattern Blog/CMS for one site for a while, inspired by--well, Textpattern's own web site, where they use PunBB for the same reasons I liked it, and that you cited.)

Re:Boring (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13700661)

I agree. It's not a perfect solution but it is(quite probably) the FASTEST board, and because it's simple it's also SECURE. These are perhaps more important than any other features. Security is obvious - hacked forums are the suck and pose major distruption to valid discussion. Speed is also essential - forum communities tend to start scaling up in size rapidly when they're successful, and cpu time and bandwidth will increase proportionately. Even a good admin can have a rough time getting the hosting and making the necessary changes to software to deal with these problems.

AJAX (1)

Spy Hunter (317220) | about 9 years ago | (#13695543)

AJAX could improve bulletin boards tremendously, why isn't it used more often? Slashdot's comment system could be tremendously improved by a little Javascript and XMLHttpRequest. Imagine expanding comment trees without refreshing the page. The demand is there; there are even some Greasemonkey scripts to hack this capability into Slashdot (though I haven't gotten any to work).

Re:AJAX (1)

edwdig (47888) | about 9 years ago | (#13697884)

Before the really recent update, Slashdot's HTML was a horrible mess. I don't think you could've grafted AJAX onto that if you wanted to. So give them time before expecting anything majorly new.

Besides, you're not likely to see anything to results in less page loads. That would reduce advertising impressions.

History of YaBB forks? Yabb/YaPBBSE/SMF (1)

enrico_suave (179651) | about 9 years ago | (#13698907)

I mean some of it's obvious... but does anyone have some sort of historical perspective of these different forks (or quasi forks/ports)?

I didn't realize YABB was still under development (not that I looked).

What's the relationship between YABB --> YAPBBSE / SMF?
(besides the obvious one's perl and one is php)


Re:History of YaBB forks? Yabb/YaPBBSE/SMF (1)

Juvenall (793526) | about 9 years ago | (#13700239)

Full Disclosure: I'm a project administrator with YaBB.

The sort version is YaBB SE was developed as a PHP port of the Perl version primarily by two YaBB staff members. After a few issues such as their code being ripped off, they changed their name to SMF. Aside from a few members such as myself who bounced between the two projects, there never was any official relationship.
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