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*Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.
 
*Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.
 
*Comprehensive template system.
 
*Comprehensive template system.
*'''Advanced permission and user management.'''
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*Advanced permission and user management.
 
*Supports multiple languages at once.
 
*Supports multiple languages at once.
 
*Open and well-documented source code.
 
*Open and well-documented source code.
*'''Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.'''
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*Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.
 
*Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
 
*Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
 
*Multi-media output: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
 
*Multi-media output: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
 
*Multi-language support from a large community.
 
*Multi-language support from a large community.
*'''Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages.)'''
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*Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages).
 
*Search:
 
*Search:
 
**Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
 
**Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
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*All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
 
*All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
 
*Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)
 
*Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)
*'''Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.'''
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*Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.
 
*The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.
 
*The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.
  
 
===Forum Settings=== <!--T:21-->
 
===Forum Settings=== <!--T:21-->
 
*Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
 
*Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
*Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.
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*Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only administrators to log in.
 
*Word censoring, either full word or partial.
 
*Word censoring, either full word or partial.
 
*Ability to break up long words.
 
*Ability to break up long words.
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*Set categories as non-collapsible.
 
*Set categories as non-collapsible.
 
*Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.
 
*Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.
*'''Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)'''
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*Create child boards under other boards (sub boards).
 
*Assign moderators to boards.
 
*Assign moderators to boards.
*Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests ''only''.
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*Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests only.
*'''Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.'''
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*Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.
 
*Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.
 
*Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.
  
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*Require registration before forum entrance.
 
*Require registration before forum entrance.
 
*Require a user to agree to terms before they register.
 
*Require a user to agree to terms before they register.
*Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).
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*Disable member registration completely (allowing only administrators, or moderators with the necessary permissions to register people).
 
*Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
 
*Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
*Require a moderator to approve registration.
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*Require an administrator, or moderator with the necessary permissions, to approve registration.
 
*Register new members from the admin center.
 
*Register new members from the admin center.
  
 
===Member Navigation and Authentication=== <!--T:42-->
 
===Member Navigation and Authentication=== <!--T:42-->
 
*Several security checks during navigation.
 
*Several security checks during navigation.
*Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)
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*Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password).
*'''Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)'''
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*Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies).
 
*Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.
 
*Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.
 
*Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.
 
*Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.
  
 
===Member Tracking and Tracing=== <!--T:48-->
 
===Member Tracking and Tracing=== <!--T:48-->
*Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)
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*Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission).
 
*Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.
 
*Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.
*Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)
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*Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member (track user).
*Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)
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*Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range (track IP).
*See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)
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*See who's doing what (accessible by permission).
  
 
===Statistics=== <!--T:54-->
 
===Statistics=== <!--T:54-->
*Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)
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*Several board statistics (accessible by permission).
 
*Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
 
*Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
 
*Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.
 
*Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.
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*Member option to disable receiving announcements (and Admin override of this option).
 
*Member option to disable receiving announcements (and Admin override of this option).
 
*Email or private message your members by membergroup.
 
*Email or private message your members by membergroup.
*Show a news ticker or news fader.
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*Show a news fader.
  
 
===Communication=== <!--T:64-->
 
===Communication=== <!--T:64-->
*'''Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)'''
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*Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication).
 
*Ability to send a topic to a friend.
 
*Ability to send a topic to a friend.
 
*Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.
 
*Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.
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===Membergroups=== <!--T:68-->
 
===Membergroups=== <!--T:68-->
 
*Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.
 
*Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.
*'''Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.'''
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*Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.
 
*Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.
 
*Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.
 
*Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.
 
*Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.
*Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.
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*Assign badge or star to a membergroup - by primary group.
 
*Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.
 
*Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.
  
 
===Banning=== <!--T:75-->
 
===Banning=== <!--T:75-->
 
*Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.
 
*Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.
*'''Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.'''
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*Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.
 
*Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).
 
*Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).
*Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).
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*Include a ban note (only viewable by the administrators).
 
*Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
 
*Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
*'''Include an expiration time for bans.'''
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*Include an expiration time for bans.
  
 
===External integration=== <!--T:82-->
 
===External integration=== <!--T:82-->
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===Wireless access=== <!--T:91-->
 
===Wireless access=== <!--T:91-->
*'''Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.'''
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*Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.
 
*Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
 
*Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
*Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)
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*Ability to login and logout.
 
*Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
 
*Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
 
*Ability to jump to first unread reply.
 
*Ability to jump to first unread reply.
*Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)
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*Ability to post new messages.
  
 
===Theming and Templating=== <!--T:98-->
 
===Theming and Templating=== <!--T:98-->
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*Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
 
*Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
 
*Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
 
*Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
*Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.
 
 
*Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
 
*Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
*'''Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)'''
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*Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none).
*Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.
 
 
*SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.
 
*SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.
  
 
===Posting Features=== <!--T:107-->
 
===Posting Features=== <!--T:107-->
*'''Spell Check.'''
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*Spell Check.
 
*Quick Reply
 
*Quick Reply
 
**Members can disable it or collapse it.
 
**Members can disable it or collapse it.
 
**Can be used with "Quote".
 
**Can be used with "Quote".
 
**Also contains "Spell Check".
 
**Also contains "Spell Check".
*Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)
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*Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others).
 
*Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
 
*Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
*'''Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.'''
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*Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.
  
 
===Polls=== <!--T:116-->
 
===Polls=== <!--T:116-->
*'''Can be added or removed to existing topics.'''
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*Can be added or removed to existing topics.
 
*Ability to set expiration date.
 
*Ability to set expiration date.
 
*Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
 
*Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
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===Attachments=== <!--T:123-->
 
===Attachments=== <!--T:123-->
 
*Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
 
*Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
*'''The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)'''
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*The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files).
 
*Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
 
*Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
*Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)
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*Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly).
 
*Images can be embedded into posts.
 
*Images can be embedded into posts.
  
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*Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
 
*Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
 
*Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
 
*Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
*'''Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.'''
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*Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.
*''Report to moderator" link.
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*Report to moderator link.
 
*Delete or modify posts.
 
*Delete or modify posts.
*'''Ability to Merge/Split topics.'''
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*Ability to merge/split topics.
 
*Move or delete topics.
 
*Move or delete topics.
 
*Sticky or unsticky topics.
 
*Sticky or unsticky topics.
*'''Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.'''
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*Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.
*Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.
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*Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of one day.
 
*AJAX editing:
 
*AJAX editing:
 
**Edit a post without page reloads.
 
**Edit a post without page reloads.
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** Private messages.
 
** Private messages.
 
*Login with 'invisible' mode.
 
*Login with 'invisible' mode.
*'''Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.'''
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*Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.
 
*Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
 
*Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
 
*Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.
 
*Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.
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===User Resources=== <!--T:162-->
 
===User Resources=== <!--T:162-->
 
*Icons for topics you've posted to.
 
*Icons for topics you've posted to.
*'''Show new replies to your posts.'''
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*Show new replies to your posts.
 
*Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
 
*Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
 
*Ability to view most recent messages.
 
*Ability to view most recent messages.

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SMF is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:

General

  • Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.
  • Comprehensive template system.
  • Advanced permission and user management.
  • Supports multiple languages at once.
  • Open and well-documented source code.
  • Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.
  • Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
  • Multi-media output: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
  • Multi-language support from a large community.
  • Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages).
  • Search:
    • Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
    • Search within your personal messages.

Security

  • All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
  • Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)
  • Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.
  • The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.

Forum Settings

  • Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
  • Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only administrators to log in.
  • Word censoring, either full word or partial.
  • Ability to break up long words.

Boards and Categories

  • Group boards into collapsible categories.
  • Set categories as non-collapsible.
  • Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.
  • Create child boards under other boards (sub boards).
  • Assign moderators to boards.
  • Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests only.
  • Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.
  • Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.

Member Registration

  • Require registration before forum entrance.
  • Require a user to agree to terms before they register.
  • Disable member registration completely (allowing only administrators, or moderators with the necessary permissions to register people).
  • Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
  • Require an administrator, or moderator with the necessary permissions, to approve registration.
  • Register new members from the admin center.

Member Navigation and Authentication

  • Several security checks during navigation.
  • Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password).
  • Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies).
  • Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.
  • Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.

Member Tracking and Tracing

  • Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission).
  • Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.
  • Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member (track user).
  • Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range (track IP).
  • See who's doing what (accessible by permission).

Statistics

  • Several board statistics (accessible by permission).
  • Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
  • Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.
  • Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.

News and Announcements

  • Send a Newsletter from the admin center, or post any topic as an Announcement, using "Attachments and other options"
  • Member option to disable receiving announcements (and Admin override of this option).
  • Email or private message your members by membergroup.
  • Show a news fader.

Communication

  • Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication).
  • Ability to send a topic to a friend.
  • Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.

Membergroups

  • Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.
  • Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.
  • Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.
  • Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.
  • Assign badge or star to a membergroup - by primary group.
  • Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.

Banning

  • Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.
  • Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.
  • Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).
  • Include a ban note (only viewable by the administrators).
  • Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
  • Include an expiration time for bans.

External integration

  • Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.
  • Recent topics or posts.
  • Recent news posts in a board.
  • Recent polls.

Export forum data using XML/RSS

  • Latest members.
  • News.
  • Recent posts.

Wireless access

  • Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.
  • Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
  • Ability to login and logout.
  • Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
  • Ability to jump to first unread reply.
  • Ability to post new messages.

Theming and Templating

  • Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.
  • Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
  • Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
  • Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
  • Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none).
  • SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.

Posting Features

  • Spell Check.
  • Quick Reply
    • Members can disable it or collapse it.
    • Can be used with "Quote".
    • Also contains "Spell Check".
  • Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others).
  • Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
  • Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.

Polls

  • Can be added or removed to existing topics.
  • Ability to set expiration date.
  • Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
  • Ability to hide results until after people have voted.
  • Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.
  • Polls can have up to 256 options.

Attachments

  • Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
  • The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files).
  • Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
  • Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly).
  • Images can be embedded into posts.

Calendar Support

  • Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.
  • Display calendar information on board index.
  • Link an existing topic to the calendar.
  • Allow only certain members/groups post events.
  • Event poster can edit event.
  • Events can span multiple days.

Moderation Tools

  • Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
  • Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
  • Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.
  • Report to moderator link.
  • Delete or modify posts.
  • Ability to merge/split topics.
  • Move or delete topics.
  • Sticky or unsticky topics.
  • Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.
  • Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of one day.
  • AJAX editing:
    • Edit a post without page reloads.
    • Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.

User Profiles and User Options

  • Ability to hide your email address from the public.
  • Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
  • Select their smiley set from the ones available.
  • Email notification
    • New topics per board.
    • Single topics.
    • Private messages.
  • Login with 'invisible' mode.
  • Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.
  • Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
  • Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.

User Resources

  • Icons for topics you've posted to.
  • Show new replies to your posts.
  • Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
  • Ability to view most recent messages.
  • List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.
  • See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.
  • Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.

Other features

  • Several forum statistics
  • List of users online.
  • The menu bar.
  • News.
  • Search.
  • Login/logout.
  • Today's events/birthdays/holidays.