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SMF is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:</translate>
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SMF 2.0.x is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:
  
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===General=== <!--T:2-->
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*Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.
General</translate>===
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*Comprehensive template system.
*<translate><!--T:3-->
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*Advanced permission and user management.
Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.</translate>
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*Supports multiple languages at once.
*<translate><!--T:4-->
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*Open and well-documented source code.
Comprehensive template system.</translate>
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*Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.
*'''<translate><!--T:5-->
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*Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
Advanced permission and user management.</translate>'''
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*Multi-media output: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP.
*<translate><!--T:6-->
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*Multi-language support from a large community.
Supports multiple languages at once.</translate>
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*Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages).
*<translate><!--T:7-->
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*Search:
Open and well-documented source code.</translate>
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**Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
*'''<translate><!--T:8-->
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**Search within your personal messages.
Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:9-->
 
Designed for optimal performance and scalability.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:10-->
 
Multi-media output</translate>: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
 
*<translate><!--T:11-->
 
Multi-language support from a large community.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:12-->
 
Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages.)</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:13-->
 
Search:</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:14-->
 
Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:15-->
 
Search within your personal messages.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:16-->
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===Security=== <!--T:16-->
Security</translate>===
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*All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
*<translate><!--T:17-->
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*Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies).
All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.</translate>
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*Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.
*<translate><!--T:18-->
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*The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.
Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:19-->
 
Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:20-->
 
The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:21-->
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===Forum Settings=== <!--T:21-->
Forum Settings</translate>===
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*Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
*<translate><!--T:22-->
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*Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only administrators to log in.
Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.</translate>
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*Word censoring, either full word or partial.
*<translate><!--T:23-->
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*Ability to break up long words.
Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:24-->
 
Word censoring, either full word or partial.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:25-->
 
Ability to break up long words.</translate>
 
  
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===Boards and Categories=== <!--T:26-->
Boards and Categories</translate>===
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*Group boards into collapsible categories.
*<translate><!--T:27-->
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*Set categories as non-collapsible.
Group boards into collapsible categories.</translate>
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*Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.
*<translate><!--T:28-->
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*Create child boards under other boards (sub boards).
Set categories as non-collapsible.</translate>
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*Assign moderators to boards.
*<translate><!--T:29-->
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*Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests only.
Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.</translate>
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*Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.
*'''<translate><!--T:30-->
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*Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.
Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:31-->
 
Assign moderators to boards.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:32-->
 
Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests ''only''.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:33-->
 
Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:34-->
 
Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.</translate>
 
  
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===Member Registration=== <!--T:35-->
Member Registration</translate>===
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*Require registration before forum entrance.
*<translate><!--T:36-->
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*Require a user to agree to terms before they register.
Require registration before forum entrance.</translate>
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*Disable member registration completely (allowing only administrators, or moderators with the necessary permissions, to register people).
*<translate><!--T:37-->
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*Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
Require a user to agree to terms before they register.</translate>
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*Require an administrator, or moderator(s) with the necessary permissions, to approve registration.
*<translate><!--T:38-->
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*Register new members from the admin center.
Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:39-->
 
Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:40-->
 
Require a moderator to approve registration.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:41-->
 
Register new members from the admin center.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:42-->
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===Member Navigation and Authentication=== <!--T:42-->
Member Navigation and Authentication</translate>===
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*Password reminder option, by email with confirmation (doesn't automatically reset your password).
*<translate><!--T:43-->
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*Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies).
Several security checks during navigation.</translate>
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*Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.
*<translate><!--T:44-->
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*Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.
Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:45-->
 
Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:46-->
 
Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:47-->
 
Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.</translate>
 
  
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===Member Tracking and Tracing=== <!--T:48-->
Member Tracking and Tracing</translate>===
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*Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission).
*<translate><!--T:49-->
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*Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.
Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)</translate>
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*Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member (track user).
*<translate><!--T:50-->
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*Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range (track IP).
Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.</translate>
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*See who's doing what (accessible by permission).
*<translate><!--T:51-->
 
Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:52-->
 
Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:53-->
 
See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)</translate>
 
  
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===Statistics=== <!--T:54-->
Statistics</translate>===
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*Several board statistics (accessible by permission).
*<translate><!--T:55-->
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*Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)</translate>
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*Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.
*<translate><!--T:56-->
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*Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.
Tracking of member's online time in seconds.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:57-->
 
Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:58-->
 
Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:59-->
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===News and Announcements=== <!--T:59-->
News and Announcements</translate>===
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*Send a Newsletter from the admin center, or post any topic as an Announcement.
*<translate><!--T:60-->
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*Member option to disable receiving announcements (and Admin override of this option).
Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)</translate>
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*Email or private message your members by membergroup.
*<translate><!--T:61-->
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*Show a news fader.
Member option to disable receiving announcements.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:62-->
 
Email or private message your members by membergroup.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:63-->
 
Show a news ticker or news fader.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:64-->
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===Communication=== <!--T:64-->
Communication</translate>===
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*Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication).
*'''<translate><!--T:65-->
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*Ability to send a topic to a friend.
Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)</translate>'''
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*Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.
*<translate><!--T:66-->
 
Ability to send a topic to a friend.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:67-->
 
Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.</translate>
 
  
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===Membergroups=== <!--T:68-->
Membergroups</translate>===
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*Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.
*<translate><!--T:69-->
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*Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.
Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.</translate>
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*Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.
*'''<translate><!--T:70-->
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*Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.
Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.</translate>'''
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*Assign badge or star to a membergroup - by primary group.
*<translate><!--T:71-->
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*Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.
Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:72-->
 
Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:73-->
 
Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:74-->
 
Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.</translate>
 
  
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===Banning=== <!--T:75-->
Banning</translate>===
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*Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.
*<translate><!--T:76-->
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*Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.
Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.</translate>
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*Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).
*'''<translate><!--T:77-->
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*Include a ban note (only viewable by the administrators).
Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.</translate>'''
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*Choose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
*<translate><!--T:78-->
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*Include an expiration time for bans.
Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:79-->
 
Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:80-->
 
Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:81-->
 
Include an expiration time for bans.</translate>'''
 
  
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===External integration=== <!--T:82-->
External integration</translate>===
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*Integrate parts of the forum software into an existing website using SSI or PHP.
*<translate><!--T:83-->
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*Recent topics or posts.
Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.</translate>
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*Recent news posts in a board.
*<translate><!--T:84-->
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*Recent polls.
Recent topics or posts.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:85-->
 
Recent news posts in a board.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:86-->
 
Recent polls.</translate>
 
  
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===Export forum data using XML/RSS=== <!--T:87-->
Export forum data using XML/RSS</translate>===
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*Latest members.
*<translate><!--T:88-->
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*News.
Latest members.</translate>
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*Recent posts.
*<translate><!--T:89-->
 
News.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:90-->
 
Recent posts.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:91-->
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===Wireless access=== <!--T:91-->
Wireless access</translate>===
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*Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.
*'''<translate><!--T:92-->
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*Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.</translate>'''
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*Ability to login and logout.
*<translate><!--T:93-->
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*Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.</translate>
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*Ability to jump to first unread reply.
*<translate><!--T:94-->
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*Ability to post new messages.
Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:95-->
 
Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:96-->
 
Ability to jump to first unread reply.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:97-->
 
Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:98-->
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===Theming and Templating=== <!--T:98-->
Theming and Templating</translate>===
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*Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.
*<translate><!--T:99-->
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*Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.</translate>
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*Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
*<translate><!--T:100-->
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*Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.</translate>
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*Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none).
*<translate><!--T:101-->
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*SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.
Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:102-->
 
Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:103-->
 
Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:104-->
 
Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:105-->
 
Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:106-->
 
SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.</translate>
 
  
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===Posting Features=== <!--T:107-->
Posting Features</translate>===
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*Spell Check.
*'''<translate><!--T:108-->
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*Quick Reply
Spell Check.</translate>'''
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**Members can disable it or collapse it.
*<translate><!--T:109-->
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**Can be used with "Quote".
Quick Reply</translate>
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**Also contains "Spell Check".
**<translate><!--T:110-->
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*Vast number of Bulletin Board Codes to use (including rtl, acronym, and others).
Members can disable it or collapse it.</translate>
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*Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
**<translate><!--T:111-->
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*Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.
Can be used with "Quote".</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:112-->
 
Also contains "Spell Check".</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:113-->
 
Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:114-->
 
Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:115-->
 
Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.</translate>'''
 
  
===<translate><!--T:116-->
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===Polls=== <!--T:116-->
Polls</translate>===
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*Can be added or removed to existing topics.
*'''<translate><!--T:117-->
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*Ability to set expiration date.
Can be added or removed to existing topics.</translate>'''
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*Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
*<translate><!--T:118-->
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*Ability to hide results until after people have voted.
Ability to set expiration date.</translate>
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*Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.
*<translate><!--T:119-->
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*Polls can have up to 256 options.
Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:120-->
 
Ability to hide results until after people have voted.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:121-->
 
Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:122-->
 
Polls can have up to 256 options.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:123-->
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===Attachments=== <!--T:123-->
Attachments</translate>===
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*Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
*<translate><!--T:124-->
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*The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files).
Allowed on a per member group or board basis.</translate>
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*Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
*'''<translate><!--T:125-->
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*Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly).
The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)</translate>'''
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*Images can be embedded into posts.
*<translate><!--T:126-->
 
Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:127-->
 
Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:128-->
 
Images can be embedded into posts.</translate>
 
  
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===Calendar Support=== <!--T:129-->
Calendar Support</translate>===
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*Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.
*<translate><!--T:130-->
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*Display calendar information on board index.
Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.</translate>
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*Link an existing topic to the calendar.
*<translate><!--T:131-->
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*Allow only certain members/groups to post events.
Display calendar information on board index.</translate>
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*Event poster can edit event.
*<translate><!--T:132-->
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*Events can span multiple days.
Link an existing topic to the calendar.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:133-->
 
Allow only certain members/groups post events.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:134-->
 
Event poster can edit event.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:135-->
 
Events can span multiple days.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:136-->
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===Moderation Tools=== <!--T:136-->
Moderation Tools</translate>===
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*Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
*<translate><!--T:137-->
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*Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
Ability to lock and unlock a topic.</translate>
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*Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.
*<translate><!--T:138-->
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*Report to moderator link.
Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.</translate>
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*Delete or modify posts.
*'''<translate><!--T:139-->
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*Ability to merge/split topics.
Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.</translate>'''
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*Move or delete topics.
*<translate><!--T:140-->
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*Sticky or unsticky topics.
''Report to moderator" link.</translate>
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*Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.
*<translate><!--T:141-->
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*Moderation log which shows moderation activity and dissallows the removal of log entries until they are at least 24-hours old.
Delete or modify posts.</translate>
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*AJAX editing:
*'''<translate><!--T:142-->
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**Edit a post without page reloads.
Ability to Merge/Split topics.</translate>'''
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**Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.
*<translate><!--T:143-->
 
Move or delete topics.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:144-->
 
Sticky or unsticky topics.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:145-->
 
Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:146-->
 
Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:147-->
 
AJAX editing:</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:148-->
 
Edit a post without page reloads.</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:149-->
 
Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:150-->
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===User Profiles and User Options=== <!--T:150-->
User Profiles and User Options</translate>===
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*Ability to hide your email address from the public.
*<translate><!--T:151-->
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*Select favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
Ability to hide your email address from the public.</translate>
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*Select smiley set from the ones available.
*<translate><!--T:152-->
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*Email notification
Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.</translate>
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** New topics per board.
*<translate><!--T:153-->
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** Single topics.
Select their smiley set from the ones available.</translate>
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** Private messages.
*<translate><!--T:154-->
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*Login with 'invisible' mode.
Email notification</translate>
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*Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.
*<translate><!--T:155-->
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*Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
New topics per board.</translate>
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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.
*<translate><!--T:156-->
 
Single topics.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:157-->
 
Private messages.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:158-->
 
Login with 'invisible' mode.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:159-->
 
Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:160-->
 
Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:161-->
 
Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:162-->
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===User Resources=== <!--T:162-->
User Resources</translate>===
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*Icons for topics you've posted to.
*<translate><!--T:163-->
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*Show new replies to your posts.
Icons for topics you've posted to.</translate>
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*Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
*'''<translate><!--T:164-->
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*Ability to view most recent messages.
Show new replies to your posts.</translate>'''
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*List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.
*<translate><!--T:165-->
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*See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.
Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.</translate>
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*Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.
*<translate><!--T:166-->
 
Ability to view most recent messages.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:167-->
 
List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:168-->
 
See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:169-->
 
Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:170-->
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===Other features=== <!--T:170-->
Other features</translate>===
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*Several forum statistics.
*<translate><!--T:171-->
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*List of users online.
Several forum statistics</translate>
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*The menu bar.
*<translate><!--T:172-->
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*News.
List of users online.</translate>
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*Search.
*<translate><!--T:173-->
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*Login/logout.
The menu bar.</translate>
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*Today's events/birthdays/holidays.
*<translate><!--T:174-->
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</translate>
News.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:175-->
 
Search.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:176-->
 
Login/logout.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:177-->
 
Today's events/birthdays/holidays</translate>.
 
  
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SMF 2.0.x 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(s) with the necessary permissions, to approve registration.
  • Register new members from the admin center.

Member Navigation and Authentication

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Choose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
  • Include an expiration time for bans.

External integration

  • Integrate parts of the forum software into an 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 to 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 dissallows the removal of log entries until they are at least 24-hours old.
  • 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 favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
  • Select 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.