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Traditional Forums / Message Boards

I've spent years using message boards, phpBB, SMF, etc., but I am starting to feel like they are too slow and they way they handle posts and users are outdated.

Will forums go the path of IRC? Will only the tech savvy use them?

To be fair, I still use IRC quite a bit :)

6 years ago by Cheski with 9 comments

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  • Kysol
    +5

    Wow, I'm about to start a live coding series where I code from scratch a Forum with "live feed" like functionality to fight the swing towards Facebook and inactive content consumption.

    I've written forum software in the past having it on my community site (no defunct thanks to Facebook) for years. I believe that Forums are still worth supporting and will survive... just but more as a technology / help medium.

    • caelreth
      +4

      When you start this series, will you make sure to post it to /t/programming?

      • Kysol
        +3

        Yeah I will be. Just trying to figure out what time I will be doing it, and what I should attempt to cover with each session. I will be using http://livecoding.tv to broadcast.

        • caelreth
          +1

          Cool. I figured you would post it, but felt compelled to ask 'formally' just to be sure :)

          • Kysol
            +3

            Oh and all code will be open source.. I figure that I might as well contribute something worthwhile in my life code wise, everything up until now has been kept private.

    • Cheski
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      I'd be interested in helping test it when you get something together.

  • sixstorm
    +2

    I think forums are still good. I really like the structure and the way they are organized compared to say Reddit/Snapzu. But honestly, they are so different, I enjoy them both.

    • Cheski
      +1

      Forums have allowed me to make friends all over the world. I will always have a soft spot for them. I do anticipate that the younger users won't quite "get it". The interfaces and post editors can be clunky. I mean this in the way that I see younger users not understanding the concept of idling in IRC channels. They pop in.. say something, only to leave a minute or two later when they don't get an answer.