OK so here is my thoughts…
I tried a drupal forum when i first launched peercointalk and that was hit with some serious spam and I could never really get it under control with the features available through free plugin downloads. Had to put the forum on lockdown and no new members allowed and no posts allowed just to stop the spam. So i switched to SMF
With SMF you get the added advantage that yes pretty much ALL other crypto coins forums are SMF based, hence most users are a member of bitcointalk and know how the forum setup works and features to expect etc. It also means that if a vulnerability is found then usually" it will show up on other forums first and I keep the codebase up to date and we have yet to have a breach of security (touch wood) so far.
This does NOT mean to say that SMF provides the best platform in my opinion for our forum. The BurrerflyLabs forum is actually quite nice and has features people have discussed they would like to see. I do feel though now we have all seen what SMF basic package has to offer and we are arguing over extra features (that may be possible to code up ourselves in the SMF framework, or maybe not). My thoughts are as well we are not going to be able to please everyone, and we may find that the new forum has these features we want but we loose say other features we have taken for granted here on SMF.
Also time… yes I am pretty much completely slammed with work and it would only be sensible to port the forum to a new platform when I have the proper time to dedicate to the task. We would not want to loose the content on this forum, and we would need to look at how we transfered the info across etc and what we do with existing users etc etc
By all means please investigate other forums. I am MORE than happy to set a forum up on http://testforum.peercointalk.org to give users a test of what someone recommends as a platform to try. Also do not feel that the forum HAS to stay in solely my control as admin. If someone feels they want to step up and take over the forum then please don’t be shy. It is a BIG responsibility and I will not just be handing control over to anyone, also don’t worry i am not actively looking to hand over the forum… but what I am also trying to get at is that…
I have spent a LOT of time playing round and learning how SMF works and the admin roles setup and user experience etc… if there is a port to another platform I would be starting from scratch on how to set the forum up and administrate it… so if that was the case I would need some help from someone who has used the new forum software before.
SMF does not work with mobile devices… ??? I have installed Taptalk here on the forum exactly for that?? does it not work for you? or were you not aware? I got prompted when i went to the browser on my android phone to install taptalk plugin for the forum, links with my account, sends me updates etc… only thing i cant do is administrate through it… but i can just use the net browser for that?? so can u expand more what you mean by that.
Making the forum look like the Peercoin facebook and reddit etc pages… this is something that can and yes should be done. Its is just a “theme” modification. Again I will be honest the “theme” mods have been low on my list of things to look at, but there are other themes you can select and there was a request for a “dark theme” that I installed which works well when viewing at night. Themes can be custom written, or existing ones modded to our preference, and there is a “default” theme. All these are extra plugins I can install on the forum, but I have had a few issues installing some plugins as some cause others not to work or can’t be installed. There is some work I need to do here to clean up the forum as well but this again I have just not had the dedicated time to do, but is more of a priority before installing any new plugin features. But again do please feel free to browse around for SMF theme plugins and send me links to ones you link in this thread so we can all discuss them.
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