NitPick 2011 Review

(November 17, 2011 15:48)
Last Version 2011 (November 17th, 2011). Released under BSD License.
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Nitpick 2011 is from the same generation of forum software that don't bother with providing an old school interface and appearance, focusing on pictures and comments guests post. Nitpick 2011 is indeed an image board software, a forum that primarily focus on sharing pictures with others more than discussing with them.

You must know at least one big website, often considered as the trash of Internet: the famous 4chan.org. If your goal is to mimic the behavior and the fun of this website, then you should think about considering the Nitpick 2011 software, but read our review first...

Review Updates:

  • November 17, 2011: First Review.

NitPick 2011 is recommended for Medium Community.

(and supports smaller communities perfectly as well.)

Client Requirements

Browser & Client Requirements
Compatible Browsers
List of Compatible Browsers.
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla FirefoxInternet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeOperaOpera
Apple SafariApple SafariKonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
Required Plugins/Technologies
Additional or Basic Requirements from Client Side.
HTML, Javascript, CSS.
Localization
Languages supported by NitPick 2011.
No.
No.
Compatibility with Smartphones
Compatible SmartPhones
Compatible Cellphone Brands and Manufacturers.
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7
Application Distribution / Type
How it is distributed / App Store Availability
  • Native Support

Forum Threads & Posts

Forum Threads / Topics
Forum Style Threaded Forum Organization No.
Thread Icons No Topic Tags No
Hot Topics Yes Unread Topics No
Hidden Topics No Sticky Threads No
Related Threads No Detect Duplicate Threads No
Announcements No
Posting Messages / Answers
Message Editing Form
How to Post Messages.
  • Plain Text
Post Editing Format
Supported Markup Language (HTML, Wiki, BBCode,...).
  • Plain
  • HTML
Spell Checker
Checks typos on posts and topics.
No
Image Attachment
How Images can be Attached and Displayed in Message Posts.
  • Upload via Classic Attachments. Images are all at the end of the post.
Embedded Videos
Videos and Media Websites Supported in Message Posts.
No.
Posting Features
Quick Reply Box No Smileys No
Attachments Yes Syntax Highlighting No
Message Rating
Yes Message Quoting No

Threads and Posts accept several HTML tags: <br> <i> <u> <b> <center> and embedded videos from Youtube, Megavideo, Vimeo and Dailymotion URLs are parsed automatically, a step forward after image posting!

Each message can also be rated out of 10.

Additional & Technical Features

Additional Forum Features
Poll Creation No
Private Messages
Users Can Communicate using an Internal Messaging System.
No
Instant Messaging
Discuss with Visitors and Members in a Chat Window.
No
Calendar
Topic, Member Birthdays, Events are available from the perspective of a calendar.
No
Online Users List
Connected User List (Often Found in the Forum Footer).
No
Members List
Search and Consult the List of Members.
No
Technical Features
Bundled Software
Additional Software Available with the Forum.
  • CMS
  • Blog
RSS/Atom Syndication
Posts and Threads Exported to Feeds Aggregators Syndicate.
R
Friendly URLs
URLs are clear and contain information about the topic (title, message,...). Highly recommended for SEO purposes.
Yes
Post by Email
Post Directly From your Email Box.
No
Remote Control
Remote Control from External Software/Websites.
No.
Cache System
Cache pages to optimize bandwidth and load times.
Yes
Template Engine
It is easier to theme a forum using a known template engine (more docs & examples,...).
No.

Nitpick 2011 could also be used as a blog or a content management system, depending on how you will configure it and present the data with the CSS stylesheet.

User Profiles & Options

Some details about NitPick 2011 features regarding members.
Member Options & Features
Bookmark Threads
User Profiles Keep a List of Followed Posts and Topics.
No
Email Notifications
Receive Emails When New Messages are Posted in Followed Threads.
Yes
Export private messages
Private Messages can be Downloaded by Users.
No
Payment Subscriptions
Paying Membership Subscription.
No
User Profiles
User Profile
User Information and Settings.
Yes
Avatars
Pictures of Members, Useful to Easily Identify their Posts.
No
Signature
Signatures Added at the Bottom of Each Message.
No
Ranks
Tags and Labels Identifying the Members, based on specific criteria (Total Posts Count, Credits, Moderation Level...)
No

Nitpick 2011 relies on the concept of anonymous users. Nobody has to register to post a message.

Moderation & Users Management

Moderation & Threads Management
Moderation
Pre-Moderation In pre-moderation, every post needs to be validated by a moderator before being published.
Post-Moderation The moderation is done afterwards, if an administrator notices a problem or if a member reports something wrong. Each message is therefore directly published.
Reactive Moderation By reporting any problems, members are reactive against moderation problems. Moderators' main objective is to regularly check user reports, without having to follow each threads.
Distributed Moderation By organizing the forum around moderators, who are usually power and experienced users, moderation is self-powered and only depends on the community.
Moderator per section Yes
Global Moderator Yes
Move Threads
Move Threads from Topics
Yes
Shadow Topics
When a thread is moved, the previous position is kept in order to inform users of this modification.
No
Close/Lock Threads
Close/Lock Problematic Threads
Yes
Users Management
User Groups
Organize and define groups of users, and apply different actions and settings on them.
Common Groups: Guests, Members, Moderators, Administrators,...
No
User Registration
  • Free Registration
Limit Features For New Users
Features are limited if a user has created a small number of posts.
No
Guest Posting Yes
Multiple Administrators Yes
Send Warnings to Users
Inform users by email or PM that they infringe the board rules, and could be excluded for such behavior.
No
Forum/Section Restricted Access
ACL could be use to determine if a user or a group of users can access (in read only, post message) to some sections and topics.
No
User Banishment No

Administration & Support

Database Management
Backup Database
Backup forum datas that you could store somewhere else.
No
Prune Database
Remove old and unused datas from your forum.
No
Restore Database
Restore a backup of your database if the previous install crashed.
No
Administration Tools
Statistics
Statistics about posts count, users, traffic...
Yes Error/Notice Log Viewer
Forum Logs could be consulted.
Yes
Tasks Scheduler
Maintenance tasks are regularly launched and could be scheduled.
No Mass Mailing
Send an email (newsletters, advertisements, information,...) to all users.
Yes
Installation & Upgrading
Installation Method
How this forum software could be installed.
Installation Wizard
Upgrading Method
How this forum software could be upgraded.
Upgrade Wizard
Updates Notifications
The Admin Panel informs you when a new version is released.
No
Forum Migration
Convert an existing forum to NitPick 2011.
No.

Nitpick uses standard cache features providen by HTTP protocol (Etags) as well as it caches locally generated pages.

Security & Spam Protection

Security & Spam Protection
CAPTCHA
Captcha protects your forum against spam bots.
e.g., Syndicate
No
Abnormal Behavior Detection
Detect users or request strange behaviors, and try to process proactive actions.
Yes
Words Filtering
Offensing Words are automatically replaced.
No
User Blacklist
Prevent specific user accounts to register (based on email address, name,...) and disable potentially harmful members.
No
IP Blocking
Prevent access to spam robots and other scripts that could attempt DDOS or Brute Force attacks on your forum.
No

Unfortunately, it's a pity to complete a reCAPTCHA question each time you are submitting something, but as the forum only allows anonymous posts, this is a must have feature to fight spammers. Since last release however, Nitpick is now protected against spam with a Flood Control service, which makes it really more convenient for users.

Customization & Social Networks

Customization
Plugins
Add new features to your forum installation.
-.
Themes
Modify the style of your forum easily.
No.
Custom BBCodes No Smiley Packs No
Custom
Thread Icons
No Additional User Profile Fields
Ask more about your members with custom fields.
No
Integration with Applications, Social Networks, Intranet...
Social Networks
Users can share information from their social network account...
CMS / Blog Bridges
Integration with existing Web publishing tools.
No.
User Accounts Integration
Do users be able to log in with their corporate, Google, Facebook,... accounts?
No.
Content Aggregation
Forum allows to integrate news and content from other website, using an aggregation protocol (RSS, RDF, Atom,...).
No.

W3C Norms & Accessibility

Norms & Accessibility
HTML / XHTML Markup
XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
Click to see if it respects HTML norms.
CSS Stylesheets
CSS 2.
CSS 2
Click to see if it respects CSS norms.
Accessibility (WAI)
Web Accessibility ensures that the forum is usable by people of all abilities and disabilities.
Conformance to A level.
A
UTF-8 Support
Default encoding used to support all locales and countries.
Yes
Conformance to W3C Norms
Does NitPick 2011 correctly follow (X)HTML and CSS norms?
Yes.

Final Words


Fair.

This is the first time we review an Image Board software, so the novelty primarily comes from the main goal of this software, that is really useful when you want to install and provide a simple tool for chit-chatting and submitting (funny cats) pictures.

In this, Nitpick 2011 is really perfectly designed, even though we would however regret the lack of a more advanced administration panel and the requiring of typing a CAPTCHA code each time we are posting something. We do think a login with a third party account (Google Account, Twitter, Facebook,...) would avoid this step, keeping the possibility to let the user be anonymous per defaut (with an opt-out checkbox for instance).

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Very quick to install, easy

Very quick to install, easy on the eye and brain, 10 stars , plus +++

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Yes, your article is what i

Yes, your article is what i want to find and i can find much useful information which i want to know.Thanks for your article.In this, Nitpick 2011 is really perfectly designed, even though we would however regret the lack of a more advanced administration panel and the requiring of typing a CAPTCHA code each time we are posting something. We do think a login with a third party account (Google Account, Twitter, Facebook,...) would avoid this step, keeping the possibility to let the user be anonymous per defaut (with an opt-out checkbox for instance).Yes , i agree with you.The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.
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