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<translate>SMF is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:</translate>
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SMF is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:</translate>
  
 
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===<translate>General</translate>===
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*<translate>Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.</translate>
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General</translate>===
*<translate>Comprehensive template system.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:3-->
*'''<translate>Advanced permission and user management.</translate>'''
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Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.</translate>
*<translate>Supports multiple languages at once.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:4-->
*<translate>Open and well-documented source code.</translate>
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Comprehensive template system.</translate>
*'''<translate>Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.</translate>'''
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*'''<translate><!--T:5-->
*<translate>Designed for optimal performance and scalability.</translate>
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Advanced permission and user management.</translate>'''
*<translate>Multi-media output</translate>: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
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*<translate><!--T:6-->
*<translate>Multi-language support from a large community.</translate>
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Supports multiple languages at once.</translate>
*'''<translate>Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:7-->
*<translate>Search:</translate>
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Open and well-documented source code.</translate>
**<translate>Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:8-->
**<translate>Search within your personal messages.</translate>
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Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:9-->
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Designed for optimal performance and scalability.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:10-->
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Multi-media output</translate>: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
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*<translate><!--T:11-->
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Multi-language support from a large community.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:12-->
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Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:13-->
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Search:</translate>
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**<translate><!--T:14-->
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Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.</translate>
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**<translate><!--T:15-->
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Search within your personal messages.</translate>
  
===<translate>Security</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:16-->
*<translate>All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.</translate>
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Security</translate>===
*<translate>Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:17-->
*'''<translate>Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.</translate>'''
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All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.</translate>
*<translate>The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:18-->
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Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:19-->
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Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:20-->
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The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.</translate>
  
===<translate>Forum Settings</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:21-->
*<translate>Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.</translate>
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Forum Settings</translate>===
*<translate>Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:22-->
*<translate>Word censoring, either full word or partial.</translate>
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Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.</translate>
*<translate>Ability to break up long words.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:23-->
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Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:24-->
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Word censoring, either full word or partial.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:25-->
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Ability to break up long words.</translate>
  
===<translate>Boards and Categories</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:26-->
*<translate>Group boards into collapsible categories.</translate>
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Boards and Categories</translate>===
*<translate>Set categories as non-collapsible.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:27-->
*<translate>Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.</translate>
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Group boards into collapsible categories.</translate>
*'''<translate>Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:28-->
*<translate>Assign moderators to boards.</translate>
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Set categories as non-collapsible.</translate>
*<translate>Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests ''only''.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:29-->
*'''<translate>Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.</translate>'''
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Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.</translate>
*<translate>Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:30-->
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Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:31-->
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Assign moderators to boards.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:32-->
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Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests ''only''.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:33-->
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Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:34-->
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Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.</translate>
  
===<translate>Member Registration</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:35-->
*<translate>Require registration before forum entrance.</translate>
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Member Registration</translate>===
*<translate>Require a user to agree to terms before they register.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:36-->
*<translate>Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).</translate>
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Require registration before forum entrance.</translate>
*<translate>Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:37-->
*<translate>Require a moderator to approve registration.</translate>
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Require a user to agree to terms before they register.</translate>
*<translate>Register new members from the admin center.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:38-->
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Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:39-->
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Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:40-->
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Require a moderator to approve registration.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:41-->
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Register new members from the admin center.</translate>
  
===<translate>Member Navigation and Authentication</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:42-->
*<translate>Several security checks during navigation.</translate>
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Member Navigation and Authentication</translate>===
*<translate>Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:43-->
*'''<translate>Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)</translate>'''
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Several security checks during navigation.</translate>
*<translate>Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:44-->
*<translate>Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.</translate>
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Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:45-->
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Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:46-->
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Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:47-->
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Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.</translate>
  
===<translate>Member Tracking and Tracing</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:48-->
*<translate>Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)</translate>
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Member Tracking and Tracing</translate>===
*<translate>Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:49-->
*<translate>Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)</translate>
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Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)</translate>
*<translate>Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:50-->
*<translate>See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)</translate>
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Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:51-->
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Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:52-->
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Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:53-->
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See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)</translate>
  
===<translate>Statistics</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:54-->
*<translate>Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)</translate>
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Statistics</translate>===
*<translate>Tracking of member's online time in seconds.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:55-->
*<translate>Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.</translate>
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Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)</translate>
*<translate>Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:56-->
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Tracking of member's online time in seconds.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:57-->
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Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:58-->
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Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.</translate>
  
===<translate>News and Announcements</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:59-->
*<translate>Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)</translate>
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News and Announcements</translate>===
*<translate>Member option to disable receiving announcements.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:60-->
*<translate>Email or private message your members by membergroup.</translate>
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Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)</translate>
*<translate>Show a news ticker or news fader.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:61-->
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Member option to disable receiving announcements.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:62-->
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Email or private message your members by membergroup.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:63-->
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Show a news ticker or news fader.</translate>
  
===<translate>Communication</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:64-->
*'''<translate>Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)</translate>'''
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Communication</translate>===
*<translate>Ability to send a topic to a friend.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:65-->
*<translate>Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.</translate>
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Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:66-->
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Ability to send a topic to a friend.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:67-->
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Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.</translate>
  
===<translate>Membergroups</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:68-->
*<translate>Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.</translate>
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Membergroups</translate>===
*'''<translate>Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:69-->
*<translate>Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.</translate>
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Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.</translate>
*<translate>Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:70-->
*<translate>Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.</translate>
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Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.</translate>'''
*<translate>Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:71-->
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Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:72-->
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Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:73-->
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Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:74-->
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Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.</translate>
  
===<translate>Banning</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:75-->
*<translate>Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.</translate>
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Banning</translate>===
*'''<translate>Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:76-->
*<translate>Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).</translate>
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Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.</translate>
*<translate>Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:77-->
*<translate>Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.</translate>
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Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.</translate>'''
*'''<translate>Include an expiration time for bans.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:78-->
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Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:79-->
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Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:80-->
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Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:81-->
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Include an expiration time for bans.</translate>'''
  
===<translate>External integration</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:82-->
*<translate>Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.</translate>
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External integration</translate>===
*<translate>Recent topics or posts.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:83-->
*<translate>Recent news posts in a board.</translate>
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Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.</translate>
*<translate>Recent polls.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:84-->
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Recent topics or posts.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:85-->
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Recent news posts in a board.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:86-->
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Recent polls.</translate>
  
===<translate>Export forum data using XML/RSS</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:87-->
*<translate>Latest members.</translate>
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Export forum data using XML/RSS</translate>===
*<translate>News.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:88-->
*<translate>Recent posts.</translate>
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Latest members.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:89-->
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News.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:90-->
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Recent posts.</translate>
  
===<translate>Wireless access</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:91-->
*'''<translate>Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.</translate>'''
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Wireless access</translate>===
*<translate>Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:92-->
*<translate>Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
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Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.</translate>'''
*<translate>Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:93-->
*<translate>Ability to jump to first unread reply.</translate>
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Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.</translate>
*<translate>Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:94-->
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Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:95-->
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Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:96-->
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Ability to jump to first unread reply.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:97-->
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Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
  
===<translate>Theming and Templating</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:98-->
*<translate>Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.</translate>
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Theming and Templating</translate>===
*<translate>Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:99-->
*<translate>Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.</translate>
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Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.</translate>
*<translate>Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:100-->
*<translate>Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.</translate>
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Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.</translate>
*'''<translate>Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:101-->
*<translate>Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.</translate>
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Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.</translate>
*<translate>SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:102-->
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Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:103-->
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Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:104-->
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Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:105-->
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Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:106-->
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SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.</translate>
  
===<translate>Posting Features</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:107-->
*'''<translate>Spell Check.</translate>'''
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Posting Features</translate>===
*<translate>Quick Reply</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:108-->
**<translate>Members can disable it or collapse it.</translate>
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Spell Check.</translate>'''
**<translate>Can be used with "Quote".</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:109-->
**<translate>Also contains "Spell Check".</translate>
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Quick Reply</translate>
*<translate>Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)</translate>
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**<translate><!--T:110-->
*<translate>Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.</translate>
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Members can disable it or collapse it.</translate>
*'''<translate>Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.</translate>'''
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**<translate><!--T:111-->
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Can be used with "Quote".</translate>
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**<translate><!--T:112-->
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Also contains "Spell Check".</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:113-->
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Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:114-->
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Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:115-->
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Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.</translate>'''
  
===<translate>Polls</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:116-->
*'''<translate>Can be added or removed to existing topics.</translate>'''
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Polls</translate>===
*<translate>Ability to set expiration date.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:117-->
*<translate>Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.</translate>
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Can be added or removed to existing topics.</translate>'''
*<translate>Ability to hide results until after people have voted.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:118-->
*<translate>Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.</translate>
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Ability to set expiration date.</translate>
*<translate>Polls can have up to 256 options.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:119-->
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Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:120-->
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Ability to hide results until after people have voted.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:121-->
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Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:122-->
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Polls can have up to 256 options.</translate>
  
===<translate>Attachments</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:123-->
*<translate>Allowed on a per member group or board basis.</translate>
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Attachments</translate>===
*'''<translate>The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:124-->
*<translate>Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.</translate>
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Allowed on a per member group or board basis.</translate>
*<translate>Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:125-->
*<translate>Images can be embedded into posts.</translate>
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The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:126-->
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Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:127-->
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Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:128-->
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Images can be embedded into posts.</translate>
  
===<translate>Calendar Support</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:129-->
*<translate>Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.</translate>
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Calendar Support</translate>===
*<translate>Display calendar information on board index.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:130-->
*<translate>Link an existing topic to the calendar.</translate>
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Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.</translate>
*<translate>Allow only certain members/groups post events.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:131-->
*<translate>Event poster can edit event.</translate>
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Display calendar information on board index.</translate>
*<translate>Events can span multiple days.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:132-->
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Link an existing topic to the calendar.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:133-->
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Allow only certain members/groups post events.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:134-->
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Event poster can edit event.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:135-->
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Events can span multiple days.</translate>
  
===<translate>Moderation Tools</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:136-->
*<translate>Ability to lock and unlock a topic.</translate>
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Moderation Tools</translate>===
*<translate>Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:137-->
*'''<translate>Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.</translate>'''
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Ability to lock and unlock a topic.</translate>
*<translate>''Report to moderator" link.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:138-->
*<translate>Delete or modify posts.</translate>
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Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.</translate>
*'''<translate>Ability to Merge/Split topics.</translate>'''
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*'''<translate><!--T:139-->
*<translate>Move or delete topics.</translate>
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Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.</translate>'''
*<translate>Sticky or unsticky topics.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:140-->
*'''<translate>Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.</translate>'''
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''Report to moderator" link.</translate>
*<translate>Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:141-->
*<translate>AJAX editing:</translate>
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Delete or modify posts.</translate>
**<translate>Edit a post without page reloads.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:142-->
**<translate>Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.</translate>
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Ability to Merge/Split topics.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:143-->
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Move or delete topics.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:144-->
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Sticky or unsticky topics.</translate>
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*'''<translate><!--T:145-->
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Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.</translate>'''
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*<translate><!--T:146-->
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Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:147-->
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AJAX editing:</translate>
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**<translate><!--T:148-->
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Edit a post without page reloads.</translate>
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**<translate><!--T:149-->
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Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.</translate>
  
===<translate>User Profiles and User Options</translate>===
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===<translate><!--T:150-->
*<translate>Ability to hide your email address from the public.</translate>
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User Profiles and User Options</translate>===
*<translate>Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:151-->
*<translate>Select their smiley set from the ones available.</translate>
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Ability to hide your email address from the public.</translate>
*<translate>Email notification</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:152-->
*<translate>New topics per board.</translate>
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Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.</translate>
*<translate>Single topics.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:153-->
*<translate>Private messages.</translate>
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Select their smiley set from the ones available.</translate>
*<translate>Login with 'invisible' mode.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:154-->
*'''<translate>Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.</translate>'''
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Email notification</translate>
*<translate>Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:155-->
*<translate>Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.</translate>
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New topics per board.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:156-->
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Single topics.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:157-->
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Private messages.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:158-->
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Login with 'invisible' mode.</translate>
 +
*'''<translate><!--T:159-->
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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>User Resources</translate>===
+
===<translate><!--T:162-->
*<translate>Icons for topics you've posted to.</translate>
+
User Resources</translate>===
*'''<translate>Show new replies to your posts.</translate>'''
+
*<translate><!--T:163-->
*<translate>Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.</translate>
+
Icons for topics you've posted to.</translate>
*<translate>Ability to view most recent messages.</translate>
+
*'''<translate><!--T:164-->
*<translate>List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.</translate>
+
Show new replies to your posts.</translate>'''
*<translate>See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.</translate>
+
*<translate><!--T:165-->
*<translate>Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.</translate>
+
Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.</translate>
 +
*<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>Other features</translate>===
+
===<translate><!--T:170-->
*<translate>Several forum statistics</translate>
+
Other features</translate>===
*<translate>List of users online.</translate>
+
*<translate><!--T:171-->
*<translate>The menu bar.</translate>
+
Several forum statistics</translate>
*<translate>News.</translate>
+
*<translate><!--T:172-->
*<translate>Search.</translate>
+
List of users online.</translate>
*<translate>Login/logout.</translate>
+
*<translate><!--T:173-->
*<translate>Today's events/birthdays/holidays</translate>.
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The menu bar.</translate>
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*<translate><!--T:174-->
 +
News.</translate>
 +
*<translate><!--T:175-->
 +
Search.</translate>
 +
*<translate><!--T:176-->
 +
Login/logout.</translate>
 +
*<translate><!--T:177-->
 +
Today's events/birthdays/holidays</translate>.
  
 
{{Installing SMF}}
 
{{Installing SMF}}
 
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Revision as of 18:44, 28 April 2011

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 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.

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 is hashed 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.

Other features

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