What forum software did you start with?

Which forum software did you first use?


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TJA

Resident Sheep Fondler
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Jul 21, 2014
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phpBB (circa 2000/2001) > IPB > stopped for a while > vB4 > Xenforo
 

K730

Enthusiast
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Jul 12, 2005
Messages
203
Probably a good topic to revive for some nostalgia ;) I started with Ezboards and Ikonboard 1.
20 years of looking at Matt M's code, not much has changed :p
Nearly all startup communities ended in cjb.net back then :LOL:

Some interesting ones not listed in the menu would be Mercury Board, MyTopix and YaBB.
I remember YaBB having a niche following, YaBB SE was quite nice :geek:
 

southernlady

Devotee
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May 8, 2005
Messages
2,446
Started with PHPBB, then moved to an early version of vB (just before 3 came out), then I tried Simple Machines cause I wanted a second forum but didn’t want to use a paid one. At one point I tried IPB but that was back in the day you could sell it, thought about going back to vB but it was after 4 had come out. Then I discovered XF in the very early days. Still using that one.
 

Arcade King

Aspirant
Joined
Jul 21, 2021
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Aussie Arcade started on Yabb then VB3, 3.5, 4 and 5. Hoping to move to Invision or Xenforo in the next future.
 

KimmiKat

Adherent
Joined
Mar 21, 2005
Messages
397
Started with Ikonboard, then that went kaput. Next was InvisionBoard, but dumped it due to the maker's constant policy changes. Next was vB, but let that one go when the bean counters took over. Then finally XF until I finally took the board down.
 

Matt M

Director Development at Invision Community
Joined
Apr 28, 2005
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396
Probably a good topic to revive for some nostalgia ;) I started with Ezboards and Ikonboard 1.
20 years of looking at Matt M's code, not much has changed :p
Sorry about that.

Started with Ikonboard, then that went kaput. Next was InvisionBoard, but dumped it due to the maker's constant policy changes. Next was vB, but let that one go when the bean counters took over. Then finally XF until I finally took the board down.
Two products that I wrote grew your site, and xF killed it.

Sorry to hear that.
 

Pete

Flavours of Forums Forever
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Sep 9, 2013
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Sorry about that.


Two products that I wrote grew your site, and xF killed it.

Sorry to hear that.
You are more gracious than I might be in the same situation.
 

.Rogue

The Thinker
Joined
Aug 19, 2006
Messages
339
Started with InvisionFree, went on to IPB on and off for just over 16 years up until early this year. I used to love the early years of IP.
 

Taylor J

Fan
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Mar 13, 2010
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896
Started with InvisionFree, went on to IPB on and off for just over 16 years up until early this year. I used to love the early years of IP.
Can't lie I miss version 2. It had one of the best if not the best shoutbox addons ever made and a whole bunch of other great addons that I never saw anywhere else.

If I could I would probably start up a new site on v2.
 

.Rogue

The Thinker
Joined
Aug 19, 2006
Messages
339
Can't lie I miss version 2. It had one of the best if not the best shoutbox addons ever made and a whole bunch of other great addons that I never saw anywhere else.

If I could I would probably start up a new site on v2.
V2 was the best ever. Something we will never get back again.
 

Pete

Flavours of Forums Forever
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Sep 9, 2013
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What are the mods that you’re missing from more modern platforms? What about the v2 experience was so compelling that you still don’t have its functionality today?
 
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