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<h3>General</h3>
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<ul class="features">
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===General===
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*Uses PHP and MySQL.
<li>Uses PHP and MySQL.</li>
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*Comprehensive template system.
<li>Comprehensive template system.</li>
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*'''Advanced permission and user management.'''
<li class="more"><strong>Advanced permission and user management.</strong></li>
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*Supports multiple languages at once.
<li>Supports multiple languages at once.</li>
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*Open and well-documented source code.
<li>Open and well-documented source code.</li>
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*'''Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.'''
<li class="more"><strong>Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.</strong></li>
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*Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
<li>Designed for optimal performance and scalability.</li>
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*Multi-media output. XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
<li>Multi-media output. XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP</li>
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*Multi-language support from a large community.
<li>Multi-language support from a large community.</li>
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*'''Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as hacks.)'''
<li class="more"><strong>Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as hacks.)</strong></li>
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*Search:
<li>Search:
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**Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
<ul>
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**Search within your personal messages.
<li>Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.</li>
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<li>Search within your personal messages.</li>
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</ul>
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</li>
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===Security===
</ul>
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<h3>Security</h3>
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*All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
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*Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)
<ul class="features">
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*'''Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.'''
<li>All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.</li>
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*The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.
<li>Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)</li>
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<li class="more"><strong>Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.</strong></li>
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<li>The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.</li>
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===Forum Settings===
</ul>
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*Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
<h3>Forum Settings</h3>
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*Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.
<ul class="features">
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*Word censoring, either full word or partial.
<li>Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.</li>
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*Ability to break up long words.
<li>Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.</li>
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<li>Word censoring, either full word or partial.</li>
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<li>Ability to break up long words.</li>
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===Boards and Categories===
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</ul>
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*Group boards into collapsible categories.
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*Set categories as non-collapsible.
<h3>Boards and Categories</h3>
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*Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.
<ul class="features">
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<li>Group boards into collapsible categories.</li>
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*'''Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)'''
<li>Set categories as non-collapsible.</li>
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*Assign moderators to boards.
<li>Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.</li>
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*Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests <em>only</em>.
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*'''Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.'''
<li class="more"><strong>Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)</strong></li>
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*Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.
<li>Assign moderators to boards.</li>
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<li>Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests <em>only</em>.</li>
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<li><strong>Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.</strong></li>
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===Member Registration===
<li>Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.</li>
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*Require registration before forum entrance.
</ul>
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*Require a user to agree to terms before they register.
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*Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).
<h3>Member Registration</h3>
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<ul class="features">
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*Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
<li>Require registration before forum entrance.</li>
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*Require a moderator to approve registration.
<li>Require a user to agree to terms before they register.</li>
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*Register new members from the admin center.
<li>Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).</li>
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<li>Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.</li>
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===Member Navigation and Authentication===
<li>Require a moderator to approve registration.</li>
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<li>Register new members from the admin center.</li>
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*Several security checks during navigation.
</ul>
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*Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)
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*'''Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)'''
<h3>Member Navigation and Authentication</h3>
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*Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.
<ul class="features">
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*Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.
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<li>Several security checks during navigation.</li>
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<li>Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)</li>
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===Member Tracking and Tracing===
<li class="more"><strong>Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)</strong></li>
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<li>Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.</li>
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*Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)
<li>Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.</li>
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*Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.
</ul>
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*Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)
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*Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)
<h3>Member Tracking and Tracing</h3>
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<ul class="features">
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*See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)
<li>Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)</li>
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<li>Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.</li>
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<li>Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)</li>
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===Statistics===
<li>Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)</li>
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*Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)
<li>See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)</li>
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*Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
</ul>
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*Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.
<h3>Statistics</h3>
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*Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.
<ul class="features">
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<li>Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)</li>
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<li>Tracking of member's online time in seconds.</li>
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===News and Announcements===
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<li>Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.</li>
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*Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)
<li>Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.</li>
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*Member option to disable receiving announcements.
</ul>
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*Email or private message your members by membergroup.
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*Show a news ticker or news fader.
<h3>News and Announcements</h3>
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<ul class="features">
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<li>Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)</li>
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===Communication===
<li>Member option to disable receiving announcements.</li>
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<li>Email or private message your members by membergroup.</li>
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*'''Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)'''
<li>Show a news ticker or news fader.</li>
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*Ability to send a topic to a friend.
</ul>
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*Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.
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<h3>Communication</h3>
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<ul class="features">
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===Membergroups===
<li class="more"><strong>Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)</strong></li>
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<li>Ability to send a topic to a friend.</li>
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*Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.
<li>Ability to view a &quot;printer friendly&quot; version of topics.</li>
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*'''Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.'''
</ul>
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*Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.
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*Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.
<h3>Membergroups</h3>
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*Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.
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<ul class="features">
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*Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.
<li>Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.</li>
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<li class="more"><strong>Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.</strong></li>
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<li>Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.</li>
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===Banning===
<li>Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.</li>
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<li>Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.</li>
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*Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.
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*'''Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.'''
<li>Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.</li>
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</ul>
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*Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).
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*Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).
<h3>Banning</h3>
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*Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
<ul class="features">
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*'''Include an expiration time for bans.'''
<li>Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.</li>
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<li class="more"><strong>Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.</strong></li>
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===External integration===
<li>Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).</li>
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*Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.
<li>Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).</li>
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<li>Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.</li>
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*Recent topics or posts.
<li class="more"><strong>Include an expiration time for bans.</strong></li>
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*Recent news posts in a board.
</ul>
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*Recent polls.
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*Several forum statistics.
<h3>External integration</h3>
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*List of users online.
<ul class="features">
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*The menu bar.
<li>
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*News.
Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.
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*Search.
<ul>
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*Login/logout.
<li>Recent topics or posts.</li>
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*Today's events/birthdays/holidays.
<li>Recent news posts in a board.</li>
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<li>Recent polls.</li>
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<li>Several forum statistics.</li>
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===Export forum data using XML/RSS===
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*Latest members.
<li>List of users online.</li>
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*News.
<li>The menu bar.</li>
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*Recent posts.
<li>News.</li>
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<li>Search.</li>
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<li>Login/logout.</li>
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===Wireless access===
<li>Today's events/birthdays/holidays.</li>
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*'''Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.'''
</ul>
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</li>
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*Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
<li>
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*Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)
<strong>Export forum data using XML/RSS</strong>
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*Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
<ul>
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*Ability to jump to first unread reply.
<li>Latest members.</li>
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*Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)
<li>News.</li>
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<li>Recent posts.</li>
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===Theming and Templating===
</ul>
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</li>
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*Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.
</ul>
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*Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
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*Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
<h3>Wireless access</h3>
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*Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.
<ul class="features">
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<li class="more"><strong>Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.</strong></li>
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*Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
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*'''Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)'''
<li>Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.</li>
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*Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.
<li>Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)</li>
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*SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.
<li>Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.</li>
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<li>Ability to jump to first unread reply.</li>
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<li>Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)</li>
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===Posting Features===
</ul>
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*'''Spell Check.'''
<h3>Theming and Templating</h3>
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*Quick Reply
<ul class="features">
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<li>Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.</li>
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*Members can disable it or collapse it.
<li>Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.</li>
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<li>Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.</li>
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*Can be used with "Quote".
<li>Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.</li>
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*Also contains "Spell Check".
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<li>Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.</li>
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<li class="more"><strong>Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)</strong></li>
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*Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)
<li>Themes can be installed by way of the &quot;latest and greatest themes&quot; panel.</li>
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*Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
<li>SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.</li>
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*''''Insert Quote' feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.'''
</ul>
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<h3>Posting Features</h3>
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===Polls===
<ul class="features">
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<li class="more"><strong>Spell Check.</strong></li>
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*'''Can be added or removed to existing topics.'''
<li>
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*Ability to set expiration date.
Quick Reply
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*Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
<ul>
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*Ability to hide results until after people have voted.
<li>Members can disable it or collapse it.</li>
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*Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.
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*Polls can have up to 256 options.
<li>Can be used with &quot;Quote&quot;.</li>
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<li>Also contains &quot;Spell Check&quot;.</li>
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</ul>
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===Attachments===
</li>
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<li>Vast number of &quot;bulletin board codes&quot; to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)</li>
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*Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
<li>Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.</li>
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*'''The filename can be encrypted to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)'''
<li><strong>'Insert Quote' feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.</strong></li>
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*Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
</ul>
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*Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)
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<h3>Polls</h3>
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*Images can be embedded into posts.
<ul class="features">
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<li class="more"><strong>Can be added or removed to existing topics.</strong></li>
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<li>Ability to set expiration date.</li>
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===Calendar Support===
<li>Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.</li>
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<li>Ability to hide results until after people have voted.</li>
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*Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.
<li>Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.</li>
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*Display calendar information on board index.
<li>Polls can have up to 256 options.</li>
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</ul>
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*Link an existing topic to the calendar.
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*Allow only certain members/groups post events.
<h3>Attachments</h3>
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*Event poster can edit event.
<ul class="features">
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*Events can span multiple days.
<li>Allowed on a per member group or board basis.</li>
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<li class="more"><strong>The filename can be encrypted to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)</strong></li>
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<li>Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.</li>
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===Moderation Tools===
<li>Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)</li>
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<li>Images can be embedded into posts.</li>
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*Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
</ul>
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*Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
<h3>Calendar Support</h3>
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<ul class="features">
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<li>Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.</li>
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*'''Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.'''
<li>Display calendar information on board index.</li>
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*"Report to moderator" link.
<li>Link an existing topic to the calendar.</li>
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*Delete or modify posts.
<li>Allow only certain members/groups post events.</li>
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*'''Ability to Merge/Split topics.'''
<li>Event poster can edit event.</li>
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*Move or delete topics.
<li>Events can span multiple days.</li>
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*Sticky or unsticky topics.
</ul>
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*'''Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.'''
<h3>Moderation Tools</h3>
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*Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.
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*AJAX editing:
<ul class="features">
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**Edit a post without page reloads.
<li>
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**Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.
Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
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<ul>
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<li>Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.</li>
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</ul>
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</li>
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===User Profiles and User Options===
<li><strong>Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.</strong></li>
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*Ability to hide your email address from the public.
<li>&quot;Report to moderator&quot; link.</li>
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<li>Delete or modify posts.</li>
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*Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
<li class="more"><strong>Ability to Merge/Split topics.</strong></li>
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*Select their smiley set from the ones available.
<li>Move or delete topics.</li>
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*Email notification
<li>Sticky or unsticky topics.</li>
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*New topics per board.
<li><strong>Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.</strong></li>
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*Single topics.
<li>Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.</li>
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<li>AJAX editing:
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*Private messages.
<ul>
+
 
<li>Edit a post without page reloads.</li>
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<li>Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.</li>
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*Login with 'invisible' mode.
</ul>
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*'''Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.'''
</li>
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*Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
</ul>
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*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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<h3>User Profiles and User Options</h3>
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<ul class="features">
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<li>Ability to hide your email address from the public.</li>
+
===User Resources===
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<li>Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.</li>
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*Icons for topics you've posted to.
<li>Select their smiley set from the ones available.</li>
+
*'''Show new replies to ''your' posts.'''
<li>
+
 
Email notification
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*Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
<ul>
+
*Ability to view most recent messages.
<li>New topics per board.</li>
+
*List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.
<li>Single topics.</li>
+
*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.
<li>Private messages.</li>
+
 
</ul>
 
</li>
 
<li>Login with 'invisible' mode.</li>
 
<li class="more"><strong>Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.</strong></li>
 
<li>Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.</li>
 
<li>Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.</li>
 
 
</ul>
 
 
<h3>User Resources</h3>
 
<ul class="features">
 
<li>Icons for topics you've posted to.</li>
 
<li class="more"><strong>Show new replies to <em>your</em> posts.</strong></li>
 
 
<li>Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.</li>
 
<li>Ability to view most recent messages.</li>
 
<li>List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.</li>
 
<li>See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.</li>
 
<li>Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an &quot;all&quot; link.</li>
 
 
</ul>
 
  
 
{{Installing SMF}}
 
{{Installing SMF}}

Revision as of 23:41, 16 November 2010

General

  • Uses PHP and MySQL.
  • 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 hacks.)
  • 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 admins to login.
  • 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 moderators to register people).
  • Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
  • Require a moderator 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

  • Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)
  • Member option to disable receiving announcements.
  • Email or private message your members by membergroup.
  • Show a news ticker or 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 graphical symbol(s) 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 admins).
  • 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.
  • Several forum statistics.
  • List of users online.
  • The menu bar.
  • News.
  • Search.
  • Login/logout.
  • Today's events/birthdays/holidays.


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 (not with WAP 1.)
  • Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
  • Ability to jump to first unread reply.
  • Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)


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.
  • Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.
  • Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
  • 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.


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 can be encrypted to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)
  • 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 1 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.