With this post I’d like to update you about the possible upcoming changes concerning the forum. Since the day buxlead created back in 2010, we have a forum made on free phpBB. Since then most of our efforts have been put in optimizing buxlead itself rather than the forum. Over that time, we’ve noticed an amount of difficulties with the phpBB forum. Here’s the top three:

1. Double accounts. Members need to create an additional forum account in order to use it. Not only this requires an extra step for your members, it also poses an security risk when it comes to identity theft. (Many of our members have not even register perhaps because it is too complicated)

2. Spam. Since phpBB is a worldwide commonly used forum, spammers have created spambots that will flood phpBB forums with thousands of spam posts in a short period of time. Deleting these posts is a waste of time. Forum addons as well as some suggestions to fine-tune the forum settings are available to minimize usage of spambots, although this is not a 100% foolproof solution.

3. Too difficult. The phpBB forum is an incredible forum, with many features and settings. However, most of them are not needed, which makes it more difficult to go through all settings in order to find the one you’re looking for. Especially the permissions for the various groups seem to be an ongoing difficulty.

For the reasons above we’re thinking about build a new forum from scratch, provided by NextGen. It will take some time to set it up and the only problem is that we won’t be able to transfer posts from our existent phpBB forum to the new build-in forum. This means that we will start with an empty forum again. Is it worth to

continue using the phpBB forum?

Please share your opinion either in our blog, forum or through a support ticket. Thank you.

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