Vote for the Best Forum Software of 2011

Best Free Forum

Best Commercial Forum

Best Hosted Service

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lastnico's picture

Let's go for 2011, with new

Let's go for 2011, with new players this year: XenForo, Woltlab Burning Board, Tal.ki...

All softwares are regrouped in the same poll, but the final results will be, as before, splitted in the three classical categories: Free, Commercial and Hosted.

Good luck everyone!

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Grouping them all together

Grouping them all together can and will skew the results. They should be pre-grouped and voted on separately to get more accurate results in all categories. Either that or allow someone to vote for up to 3 products (one per group) in the same poll.

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I agree - grouping them all

I agree - grouping them all together means the voter can only vote on one category, forcing people to chose which category to vote for. This will definitely cause inaccurate results. My opinion - either keep them grouped when presenting the results, or keep them split when people are voting so voters can vote in each category individually, or go with Wolfie's suggestion of allowing up to three votes (one per group) so the voter can choose to vote on one or more categories. Also, the categories isn't really properly explained on the voting page, so the voter won't really know about the results being split into three categories until after they've voted which will cause confusion and frustration. Please fix this so we can have an unbiased, accurate voting system for what is a very valid and useful research poll. Thanks.

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vBulletin only won the last

vBulletin only won the last three years with that much majority because IPB wasn't even on the list.

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That's an interesting

That's an interesting hypothesis, we'll see what will happen at the end of 2011...

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Hopefully when UBB.threads v8

Hopefully when UBB.threads v8 is released it can get more votes. Sadly, one of Mr. Rick Baker's developers on v8 (Scott Young) has passed away, which is why it it is taking longer than expected. UBB.threads really needs to win back those people who defected to vBulletin, and perhaps UBB.threads v8 will be the solution for many vBulletin 3 forums who don't plan on upgrading to vBulletin 4.

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That's always unfortunate to

That's always unfortunate to hear someone passed away. Though to be perfectly fair, xenForo will take more vB3 customers considering Kier runs it.

I personally though would stick with MyBB over any of the commercial software. I can make it do anything a commercial software does. SEO (h1/h2/p, rel=canonical, sitemaps), Facebook Connect (a MUST for forums), and a lot more. Mind you, I still have an IPB and xenForo license.

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I'll vote for Proboards.

I'll vote for Proboards. <3
In my opinion, it's the best forum out there. 8'D

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I vote for Proboards here

I vote for Proboards here without hesitation....This has become a major communication point for our family.....I can't remember what it was like before Proboards!

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Proboards all the way!!

Proboards all the way!!

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I too shall express my love

I too shall express my love for ProBoards. *nod*

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ProBoards is the vest forum

ProBoards is the vest forum service out there! Can't wait for V5, which will make it even better. Smile

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You should add vforums to the

You should add vforums to the list.

They are up and coming free message board service.

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ProBoards is slowly getting

ProBoards is slowly getting up there... (:

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ProBoards FTW!

ProBoards FTW!

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lastnico's picture

Hey, it seems we are

Hey, it seems we are welcoming many ProBoards fans here Wink

About people wondering how the vote system is working with Drupal, here are some tips:

  1. Voting as a guest (aka Unregistered users): Drupal considers that anonymous users can vote one time and will record each vote with the IP address of the voter. This way, he/she will not be able to vote several times (except if IP adress is renewed, but that's another story). It could however sometimes occur that users cannot vote. It indeed can happen if someone else already voted here with the same IP address (think about shared Internet connections, Wifi Hotspots, employees of a company sharing the same IP, proxies, etc.). You can't unfortunately do anything to change that, except read the point 2 below.
  2. Voting as a registered user: This time, it's even simpler, as each user is able to vote once for each poll. He/she can however cancel his/her vote in order to revote again if he/she changes his mind. This time, no IP address trick, one account = one vote allowed.

Smart people will notice a small tip: you can actually vote two times, first as an anonymous user, and then with your FSR account. We are aware of this and we are not going to change anything, because we trust human being do hope that forum software fans are fair enough to not using this trick everyday, mainly because it is boring... and useless. Anyway, if not, we also consider that the same percentage of each forum community will use this trick, which means that, finally, everything equalizes Wink

Hope these details are useful. Now Happy voting!

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Haha well I voted more then

Haha Smile well I voted more then 15 times, and thank you for that you are not going to change it. btw I use ...I wan't tell you wich forum hehehe. It's very nice of you to allow that. Thanks and happy counting voices. Beer

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Anyone else notice the lack

Anyone else notice the lack of participants from the other places voting for them?

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ProBoards is

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MyBB did it too, SMF did it

MyBB did it too, SMF did it in 2009 (those staff, though, didn't do it in 2010 for an unfortunate reason)...

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I have a ProBoard , I do not

I have a ProBoard , I do not think Craig is Cheating Cool QC

The Quaalude Board

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I don't think so.. my group

I don't think so.. my group (with 8000 members) is supporting Prob0ards all the way.. it has started an avalanche when i made a call

http://lbautista.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=genapplication&action=dis...

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I think someone or a small

I think someone or a small group of people are cheating to get the votes for ProBoards up but not because of posting a link to the poll. I think that some people are finding ways to cast multiple votes.

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Proboards does have a thread

Proboards does have a thread on it's support board. It's telling everyone on it to vote for it's software. Although I can see that could be annoying, I don't think it qualifies as "cheating".

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I know it isn't really

I know it isn't really cheating, but I don't like how PB has over 100 votes, because of the owner telling people to vote for it, whereas the proper good ones that should be winning aren't, and have hardly any votes.

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Well, whatever the outcome

Well, whatever the outcome is, it just shows which forum had the chance to get it's popularity. It really has nothing to do with the best.

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It would make sense to split

It would make sense to split them into two categories - free and paid. Then it would work.

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@iggy: Uh...yeah so does

@iggy: Uh...yeah so does MyBB: http://community.mybb.com/thread-73283-page-14.html It's called advertising, and it brings people to the site. If people have an account on two forum providers, they will pick their favorite, even if they didn't receive that information from the provider they voted for. And all the other providers can link to this on their website or support forum, nobody's stopping them Tongue

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So how long does this

So how long does this last?
30 days, 6 months, 12 months, until the server freezes over?

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lastnico's picture

As it's going to be the best

As it's going to be the best forum software of 2011, you'll have to wait till... the end of 2011, so to answer you, in 334 days.

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Well there are reviews/voting

Well there are reviews/voting categories by other companies that list "Best [product] of [year]" and only have the option going for 3 months or so, regardless of when the voting was made. I just wanted clarification as to when this one expires, thank you.

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lastnico's picture

Well, no worries, we are not

Well, no worries, we are not going to discover the best (and unique) forum of 2011 with this poll, so we do not need to hurry for finding it.

This poll is a good tool for discovering which forum software has a great support/community, but if you need to find the forum software that suits your technical needs as much as possible, then the 10-question Quiz is more convenient.

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LOL at Xenforo - it hasn't

LOL at Xenforo - it hasn't got any features whatsoever!

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Who cares? It runs a hell of

Who cares? It runs a hell of a lot faster than IPB, which is a hell of a lot faster than vBulletin.

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A script that does nothing

A script that does nothing but print "This is forum software." and then exits is faster than that, so what's your point? If it's lacking features, then duh, it should be faster because it doesn't have much to do.

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Wtf are you talking about

Wtf are you talking about n00b, XenForo has lots of features considering it's only version 1. It's just not bloated like the others.

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I think it's funny that

I think it's funny that fanboys of ProBoards, XenForo and MyBB have voted quickly while true reliable community software such as IPB has barely gotten any votes. This will change over time of course. It won last years vote after all.

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I wouldn't have even known

I wouldn't have even known about this poll without there being a thread made by forum admins. Why get up in a twist when we're barely even a month into this?

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Who's up in a twist? I said

Who's up in a twist? I said that I find it funny. Smile

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Exactly what I mean. People

Exactly what I mean. People on ProBoards need a life! They're on it like 24/7. I guess their virtual life took over.

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I am a proboards user and

I am a proboards user and that is insulting all the people on proboards. If I was on proboards 24/7, i wouldn't be posting on this. Yes, people can get to the point where they are obsessed but can't all forums have that too?

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XenForo is not even released,

XenForo is not even released, so not sure how that can be included??? Surely only released software should be voted for.

FusionBB is missing from your list.

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lol , XenForo is at RC1

lol , XenForo is at RC1 already .. it's been available since oct 6

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In terms of features, price

In terms of features, price and Support it has to be IPB. But clearly everyone is just going to vote for what one they use or own making this pointless. It's a battle of the amount of fanboys not the quality.

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To that regard, then why

To that regard, then why would they use it or own it?
The features, price and support is what makes sites. Everyone experiences something different. For example, I loved vBulletin and was eagerly anticipating an update until 4.0 came out. After that, my site's performance degrade and eventually I reverted back to my old 3.8.4 and went searching for something "better". I found one that works better and suites my needs. Will it suit yours? Probably not. Does that mean it's the best out there? To me, yes it does.

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So then which one did you

So then which one did you find that suits your needs?

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Vanilla has redefined Forums.

Vanilla has redefined Forums. Its simplistic design, and focus on usability, has made it the choice for hundreds and thousands discussion boards. Way to go Vanilla.

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lastnico's picture

Vote interface has changed (a

Vote interface has changed (a bit), in order to separate correctly the three categories in which forum software are playing. The Voting form and the Results are now more clear, simpler and more compact. You are now also able to know (if registered) for which software you voted.

I hope these modifications will suit you!

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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IP.Board is also available as

IP.Board is also available as a hosted solution. So it should be both commercial and hosted since it fits into two separate categories.

Also, the counter is a bit off. I understand about making sure that those with the same number of votes are ranked the same, but when there are ties, the next number(s) are skipped.

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Yes, I agree, first, it would

Yes, I agree, first, it would split IPBoard votes in two sections, and secondly, IP.Board has mainly been a standard commercial forum software, so I'll let it there. Anyhow, if it wins the best commercial software award, I think people may trust it as an hosted solution as well Wink

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I was thinking that those who

I was thinking that those who use it as hosting would be able to vote for it or those who have used hosting may not realize that they can vote for the commercial version. That and trying to help get more votes, obviously. Can't blame a guy for trying. Big smile

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So I'm a little confused. I

So I'm a little confused.

I came to vote for ProBoards and I don't understand why it isn't in the Best Free Forum category. It's free, and I think it's the best. I understand it's hosted as well, but I've used many of the forums in the free category and it far outranks them in features and customization.

Especially since the other forums in the best hosted service are not really competition.

Shouldn't all free forums be in the free forum category?

Or more specifically shouldn't all forums be in all the categories that apply to them?

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lastnico's picture

I can understand you are a

I can understand you are a bit confused. Here are the rules we apply to sort forum software:

  • Free Forum: If you can download the software in a package that you can install wherever you want, with no specifical conditions except respect of open source (or custom) licenses and so on, then it's a Free Forum.
  • Commercial Forum: Same rules as above, but this time you have to pay in order to get the archive, or, once installed, you need to enter a license number, then, it's a Commercial Forum.
  • Hosted Forum Services: Lists all forum software that you do not have to install by yourself: contrary to the two other sections, no machine, web server, or database are needed from your part.

    The only way to configure and install your software is using a web interface or assimilated. Of course, access to this forum could be either for free or paid, but everybody knows that a forum hosting service could not provide a service for free, so most of the time, if it's for free, you'll have advertisements on your website, and you can switch to a paid version (or pay a fixed price) to remove them, or get more features.

So indeed, ProBoards is free, but it is hosted, I hope this is more clear.

Anyway, as I answered to a IP.Board (IP.Board sells hosting for their forum as well) user above, being the Best Forum Software of the year, whatever the category, is already a a big chance, so users should trust the company or the developer team behind, whatever solution they use.

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The funny thing about

The funny thing about Proboards is that paid hosting is significantly cheaper than their ad removal.

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wtf? This turning into

wtf? This turning into Spams-R-Us or something? Stop spamming your sites geez.

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You are right, comments

You are right, comments deleted.

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Thank you. I'm all for

Thank you.

I'm all for advertising, but that was just outrageous. Smile

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Yes, at least, they could put

Yes, at least, they could put a comment regarding the poll, to cheat us about the real purpose of their message Wink

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Speaking of which, I think

Speaking of which, I think the poll should be held on the IPS forums... Big smile

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MYBB>IPB>VB>Xenforo>..

MYBB>IPB>VB>Xenforo>..

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Dude, I don't know what

Dude, I don't know what you're smoking, but it must be some good stuff if you think IPB isn't the best.

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It looks like to need to turn

It looks like to need to turn the > the other way.

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Wink

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Nah, just make sure IPB is

Nah, just make sure IPB is the first on the list. Not worried about the others, I'll let you all fight that part out.

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MyBB has been absolutely

MyBB has been absolutely perfect for my needs and its FREE!! I love it!

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I'm saddened to not see

I'm saddened to not see Virtual Forums listed. Sad

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ProBoards has my support!

ProBoards has my support!

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Geez, who is cheating and

Geez, who is cheating and multi-voting for Burning Boards and ForumCommunity? Shock

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forum community here also.

forum community here also. Big smile

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Proboards is the best that

Proboards is the best that I've used to date.

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I prefer yahoo groups,

I prefer yahoo groups, informe and nabble

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Out of the forum services

Out of the forum services I've used in the past few years, I'd have to say PHP forums is really awesome so I voted for them Wink

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That was PHPBB, oops my

That was PHPBB, oops my spelling is off Tongue

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I have been useing proboards

I have been useing proboards for several years its so easy to use. We have a forum for a bike club we plan out of town runs and local events, We have sections for reviews of everything from repair shops to bars and biker firendly places. We keep it members only and it does evertything we need. Far better than facebook

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We've used ProBoards now for

We've used ProBoards now for 11 years and can't praise it enough. The free hosted forum is very easy to customize and operate. I've sampled many other free formats but none can compare with the features ProBoards provides.

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My apologies, not sure where

My apologies, not sure where I came up with 11 years. We've been using ProBoards for 7 years. Smile

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just like you.. we've been

just like you.. we've been using proboards for over 6 years.. and not even once they gave us a problem.. they are really the best!

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mybb is best free Forum

mybb is best free Forum software

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Where is Invisionfree? (IPB

Where is Invisionfree? (IPB is not the same.)

My first choice of forum service is by far Jcink- a strangely lesser-known mod of Invisionfree. No other hosted service even begins to compare to the level of power and customization available.

Many of the most popular IF mods are included as standard options very easily turned on/off and edited as options in the Admin CP menu, and countless other mods can be added extremely easily to any or all skins via a system similar to- but much easier to understand than- php. This means that editing codes doesn't require digging through long wrappers, and you can have both a plethora of fully customizable skins (something that takes far more and more complex coding taking up Proboards's singular global wrapper than most have the knowledge much less time or patience to deal with) and don't need to update every skin's coding every time you want to change something (such as in normal IF when using a skin-changer), as well as having the option to have things look and/or work differently on different skins. In addition, Jcink offers more storage space for free than you can buy on some other hosted services. And all this barely scratches the surface.

Aside from the incredible board, the support staff is amazing. The host's admin, also called Jcink, is an idol among webmasters. Not only is he working hard and often to continuously improve things all the time, but he is extremely active on the support boards both in responding to support and feedback threads as well as occasionally participating in general chat. In my experiences, both direct and lurking others' threads, his professionalism has been unmatched, answering questions fully and thoroughly without coming off the slightest bit condescending. (You know that vibe some answers give of "I'm giving so much detail because I don't think you're smart enough to know any of this already"? That doesn't happen.) If a member comes up with a useful idea and shares- such as when I figured out a crude but effective way to re-order skins in the selector without need for a code- he will personally thank the contribution, even. I know I sound like a squealing fangirl, but he is simply the most outstanding combination of hard-working, professional, and down-to-earth that I have seen in any webmaster ever.

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My second choice is plain Invisionfree, which is by far more customizable than ProBoards regardless what so many of these commenters seem to believe. As neither of my first two choices were available, my actual vote went to Zeta simply due to its relation to Invisionfree.

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If I can say something else, though, I wish a board could be down-voted in this poll. Yes, I see the over-a-thousand votes and the horde of positive comments about it. They don't really effect my opinion in the slightest.

I hate Proboards.

Why yes, it is "easy to use"... for people who don't know what they're doing and want a service that will make things as absolutely basic as possible even at the cost of power. If you're looking for a board that you can really customize, however, Proboards actually makes things extremely difficult in my opinion. The way things are set up is so awkward and backwards. Why does it take so much navigating just to edit a board or category? How is a nice big list containing all your options for ALL boards not more simple? I simply can't understand the praise the functionality gets, even while reminding myself most (not all; don't jump down my throat) who run a Proboard know little to nothing about HTML/CSS/scripts.

Contrary to what some have said, too, I have had ample trouble with Proboards every time I have used one as an admin or a member. (I've only been an admin when promoted or on one code-testing board, never started a real board on one.) The majority of them load significantly slower than other forums, to start; in fact, I don't know if the service itself was improved fairly recently or if it's just luck, but the one I am reluctantly currently active on is the only one which I have not experienced major lag on as a constant. (I'm not so petty as to turn down a great site over its being built on a poor host... though it does have to be a great site for me to consider Proboards.) Altered content, such as adding a new code or especially tweaking skin colors, always takes an additional refresh or two to become fully active after the intitial submission.

And most annoying of all, I have had multiple experiences on multiple sites with Proboards deciding something has or has not been typed in contradiction to what many checks and rechecks and resubmissions of post content say. In one instance, a friend had typed a post which had several images, each followed by a block of text. Everything between the first image and fourth block of text refused to appear in the post when submitted despite still being there when editing. In another, Proboards was so convinced I had the end of a list typed that it put it in the post twice; when the list was removed entirely it was still shown once. I tried making a new topic with the same content to avoid the glitch in the original and the glitch somehow followed. At least three other cases come to mind off the top of my head. In all cases like this, the only solution I know of is to completely change the entire post (I usually just change it all to "...") and resubmit, then go back in and change it back in two or more segments (depending on how much is glitched), resubmitting between each. In one case, this only fixed it for about an hour before it glitched again in the same way. I've never experienced anything vaguely similar even once in seven years of using various other services, including Invisionfree almost constantly for over six. I've used Proboards only about a cumulative year-and-a-half, give or take, across this time and had so many problems.

Oh. Also, Invisionfree has over twice as many archived codes, at least by iFcode's count, and many that are listed as "Proboards" codes also work on IF with little to no change (such as changing "titlebg" to "titlemedium" in the class), where I've been less successful trying it the other way. So there goes that potential argument for it.

Invisionfree > Proboards. Period. And Jcink is Invisionfree with superpowers. So again, why is at least IF not listed here?

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so sad to hear that you

so sad to hear that you encountered some problem with proboards.. with not for me..

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I respect your opinion.

I respect your opinion. However you must realize that it's what you get for a free hosted forum. They could charge you to have a forum you know. I personally don't use ProBoards, but outside my host as a remotely hosted forum service, it's the first I'd chose.

I actually enjoy phpBB and myBB as well as Vanilla Forums.

You've got to have the bad with the good.

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I'm comparing ProBoards to

I'm comparing ProBoards to other free services. It's inferior to them. It's not just 'that's what you get for free', because I can get more also for free elsewhere.

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lastnico's picture

We plan to review

We plan to review InvisionFree soon, this is a missing must-have in the reviews, I admit.

http://www.forum-software.org/next-forum-reviews

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I have to disagree with some

I have to disagree with some of this nposter, i've been using proboards for many of months when they first started and changed names. it's not hard to learn this system as a admin As a webdesigner i've learned to do html,dhtml some java,and i'm learning now php. The system is set up to beeasy to learn i have two combat arms clan forums running now and i teach the basics as to what the admins and mod need to know. The othr stuff i do so the forum can run smoothly and no disruptions.

as to the load time you mention two things could had happend you isp was running slow or the proboard servers was slow. when you have alot of users and data moving during the peek times you are gonna get server lag which means slow us to images not showing there could had been a problem on the proboard endploding the pages. try going on a board durning off peek times. I play combat arms and i find less lag during off peek times.

u shoudls remember proboards have millions of members and millions of hosted boards on 71 servers ,so when they maintain the servers there will be disruption in the service. most companies will list on their website when they will shut down th servers to do maintnace.

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If you care to notice, I did

If you care to notice, I did readily admit Proboards was easy to learn. It's not hard to 'use', it's hard to customize without excessive Javascript.

For instance, if you want to alter the appearance of the navigation bar, on Jcink or Invisionfree, all this takes is a short stop into the skin section and a little knowledge of basic CSS (or even an easy-to-read CSS tutorial). On ProBoards, it requires Javascript, and unless you know that rather-more-difficult-to-learn coding, you're limited to whatever someone on a code site has pre-packaged the script to change it to.

Want to change pips? Jcink and IF have places to upload them and a menu to select which you want. ProBoards? Javascript to add that menu.

Alter mini-profile layout? Jcink has a section in the ACP especially for this, and it requires only HTML/CSS. Proboards? Javascript.

Custom profile fields? Jcink has a place to add them by default. Proboards needs Javascript.

Custom BBtags? Jcink has a place to add by default. Proboards needs lots and lots of Javascript.

Limit posted image size? Jcink has it in the settings. Proboards needs-- you guessed it.

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I've admittedly had less lag overall from it in the months since posting the original comment, but it's by no means stopped, and it doesn't matter if it's noon or midnight when I'm on. I don't experience this lag from other places, so it isn't my computer or connection, either. Judging from friends's experiences with certain boards, I'd actually say it's most likely due to the inordinate amount of coding on most decent-looking boards. But of course, it's totally worth it, because you can't get other things looking that good or bette--.. Oh. Wait. Yes you can. Without that much script.

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I got like 7 or so emails

I got like 7 or so emails about new comments and don't see any of them. Someone open a can of spam or something?

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Yeah, I received them as

Yeah, I received them as well, and it was indeed a bunch of spam comments (7 times the same). I think Mollom had a small weakness in its check. Smile

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I demand that the spammers be

I demand that the spammers be plunged into a big pool filled with piranha, with a heavy gate quickly lowered so they can't get out but allowing us to watch them regret their actions.
Stare

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don't we all wish spamers

don't we all wish spamers ,hackers and foolish people be treated like that lol

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GO Proboards!

GO Proboards!

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ATTENTION ALL SPAMMERS! GO

ATTENTION ALL SPAMMERS!

GO *insert extremely painful and eventually deadly action here* YOURSELVES!
Angry

If you want to spam, go spam each other behind closed doors. Just get lost and stop annoying people, we're not gonna make it worth your time and effort!

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Cleanup done. Sorry for the

Cleanup done. Sorry for the non-efficient tool we use to fight against spam Wink

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I voted for Vanilla because I

I voted for Vanilla because I have so far been very unhappy with every other forum except Vanilla 2.0. I wanted forum software that could integrate well with Joomla as easily as possible whilst still having all the features of other top forum software.

Vanilla 2.0 has an embed function and to make the best use of that with Joomla, you might see from my own website www.thisisxbox.com All I had to do was use an Import tool found on the Vanillaforums website to obtain the data from my old phpbb forum, then install with ease on the servers a fresh Vanilla install, and then finally import into it the data obtained from my old forums. It maintained all the old discussions, all the users etc - and now for the best part!

To put that fully functioning fantastic forum on my website for my users to use, I only needed to create a new Article page and drop in just one line of code which is given to you in the forum dashboard. Use Joomla's Menu Manager to link a new menu item to the Article page and now I have an embedded forum that sits well with my site design - and no other forum could look better, or perform better ! (in my opinion)

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Nabble has served me very

Nabble has served me very well for some time without any real issues, so on that basis that you should go with twhat you know, I'm sticking with Nabble. I just like the way you can seemlessly embed a Nabble powered forum into almost any web page design!

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ProBoards all the way!

ProBoards all the way! ProBoards is SO the best. IT has all the features and is simple for everyone to use. You can customize it any way you want. You can even block cuss words! Even the coding is simple. And the staff? Mr. Patrick Clinger is the nicest and most helpful person I've met online. As for MyBB,well, I don't use this word often, it SUCKS. TRuly SUCKS.

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nabble make me easy to have

nabble make me easy to have forum

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I'd like to start out by

I'd like to start out by saying that pro-boards does deserve a 1# rating. I was at first a regular on a pro-board back in 2005. When I started my own forum in 2006 I chose pro-boards, because it was by far the best forum available at the time. Proboards compensates for my weaknesses. It is easy to organize, and largely maintains itself. It is secure and I love the PM service.

I don't know code, or rather do not have a head for remembering code. Yet I managed to use enough code to create a very pretty site in less than 48 hours, back in 2006... the first skin I made was a bit tacky but I had my members create skins, and those looked even better. I didn't stick to basics and I had never seen the type of code used on pro-boards before. There are some beautiful sites on Proboards and I just took a little tour of them for ideas. I learned the code, long enough to create the forum. I had the thing up in a couple of days, and we've enjoyed it ever since.

I am sure there are great new service providers, but for ease of use, flexibility of design options, and the ability to lock threads and control and minimize human error in our staff... well it is great. I've set up a lot of other websites since, and other than putting up a blogger page, Pro-boards is the easiest service provider I've ever encountered. Proboards is the host of what I consider to be the family room of all my sites. It's a comfortable environment to talk with friends. I love my site!! spiritsense.proboards.com

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Am I the only one who doesn't

Am I the only one who doesn't like Proboards? I've tried using it multiple times, but I alwasy found it hard to use and I just don't care for the setup or look of it. I in general found it hard to start setting up.

I have used hosted forums for a few years now, I've tried mainly Free Forums, Zetaboards, Forumotion, Proboards, and Lefora. I usually don't need much help with setting up forums, so my vote is based on having the feartures I needed. My top three favorites are Free Forums, Forumotion, and Zetaboards.

I cast my vote for Forumotion. I know coding in basic enough forms. But I prefer Forumotion because it has over 3000 skins and I can easily change colors and images to quickly customize my forums without coding. It has lots of things to add, a full portal, and four different types of forums to chose from. Modules such as chat, portal, etc are set up with the click of a button. You can create custom HTML pages, start a RPG game, and more. for my own personal needs, I find Forumotion suits me best. Smile

Good luck and may the best forum win! XD

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nabble is a good forum

nabble is a good forum

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Nabble is brilliant, clean,

Nabble is brilliant, clean, simple and precisely what I was looking for, highly recommend it.

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I toally agree with you, I

I toally agree with you, I tried so many forums and nabble is simply amazing, I am so satisfied with him, I even put in him really big photos and all that for free. I tried all forums but nablle is very correct and good. Smile

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Nabble is really easy and

Nabble is really easy and straight forward to use

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Nabble is the best

Nabble is the best Forum.

Nabble es el Mejor Foro.

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Nabble is awesome... Thank's

Nabble is awesome...

Thank's to Creator Nabble....we Support U......
Good Luck... Wink

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Proboards is what I have been

Proboards is what I have been familiar with my entire life in the world of forums. I first learned about it about 6 years ago, when I first started playing RPGs. Now I've used it to create my own RPGs, and other forums for various purposes. I've always loved Proboards because of its ease of use, tons of cool and customizable features, and it cleanliness and professionality. I recommend it to anyone that knows anything about forums. GO PROBOARDS! Smile

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Proboards is NOT

Proboards is NOT professional.

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How is ProBoards not

How is ProBoards not professional? Haha that's like saying that Windows isn't owned by Microsoft.

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*Does the IPB dance*

*Does the IPB dance*

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*records on video and then

*records on video and then shares on the net*

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God thing I didn't do the

God thing I didn't do the truffle shuffle.

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I already have a video of you

I already have a video of you doing that, so that would have been a waste. Tongue

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Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

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I really surprice when know

I really surprice when know about this web and forum...
Amasing...excellent

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Spam much?

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I have just created a forum

I have just created a forum GREENTECH and you can be a member with a green cause on http://greentech.1058436.n5.nabble.com.I find Nabble very user friendly and very easy to manage.wish all success to Nabble.See it for yourself and have an experience with Nabble...

best regards
VIRAF S MEHTA

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GO AWAY SPAMMER!!!

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I like Burning Board Lite

I like Burning Board Lite Big smile

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PROBOARDS IS WIN! LETS GO FOR

PROBOARDS IS WIN! LETS GO FOR THAT! Laughing out loud

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We are running Xenforo and

We are running Xenforo and very happy with it. You can check out it's features on our live forum: Dogs India

We chose Xenforo over vbulletin and IPB because of it's dynamic nature. It is more engaging for our users as well.

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Yeah and wait until the 'New'

Yeah and wait until the 'New' wears off, then people will move on because of the lack of features. Smile

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I have been using Proboards

I have been using Proboards for many, many years and I can by far state that it is my favorite service. I've tried using services such as forumotion before, but the thing that puts Proboards above the others is the simplicity of its admin controls and how easy it is to mod the board to your design taste with coding. It's insanely easy to get support for the board also. Numerous times I have posted on PB's dedicated support board forum with my questions and problems (Usually a coding mistake), and my question has always been answered within a day by one of the owners of PB, always with courtesy and professionalism, and always with a smile. They never got annoyed with me, and were always willing to work with me as long as it took to get the issue resolved. Bravo Proboards, and may you remain for many years to come.

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Ich verwende schon seit 4

Ich verwende schon seit 4 Jahren das YaBB-Forum. Mir gefällt, dass es ständig weiterentwickelt wird und es gibt eine Unmenge an Mods, die man einarbeiten kann. Auch wenn das Forum noch in PERL geschrieben wurde, so kann es ohne Probleme mit den neueren, in PHP programmierten mithalten. Zwar hat das Forum noch keine SQL-Datenbank, aber die ist in der Entwicklung und wird mit YaBB 3 in nächster Zeit zum tragen kommen. Damit ist das Forum so ziemlich perfekt. Die Oberfläche (Template) macht graphisch einen sehr guten Eindruck und ist für das Auge gut gelungen. Die Installation ist einfach und leicht zu bedienen.
Fehler kann man dabei kaum machen. Der Support ist perfekt und in allen Sprachen verfügbar.

Als Dank an YaBB habe ich heute meine Forenmitglieder gebeten zu voten, was sie auch zahlreich getan haben und somit den zweiten Platz gesichert haben. Den hat das Entwicklerteam auch verdient.

An YaBB: Weiter so, legt euch ins Zeug, dann euch nächstes Jahr der erste Platz sicher.

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Which translates to: I have

Which translates to:

I have been using the 4 years YaBB forum. I like that it is constantly evolving and there are a ton of mods that you can incorporate. Even if the Forum was still written in PERL, so it can easily compete with the newer, programmed in PHP. Although the Forum has no SQL database, but is under development and will come with wearing YaBB 3 in the near future. So the forum is pretty much perfect. The surface (template) graphically makes a good impression for the eye and is well done. Installation is simple and easy to use. You can hardly make mistakes. Support is available in all languages ??perfectly. As a tribute to YaBB today I asked my Board members vote on what they have done many and have thus secured the second place. The development team has earned it. At YaBB: Keep it up, puts you into the stuff, then you next year, the first place safely.
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My service as provider is

My service as provider is under construction my need money to make complite it for work. (super - 5 ) Smile

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How about "Idiot spammer

How about "Idiot spammer posting" instead of "Cross country skiing"?

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Your name makes me think of

Your name makes me think of "twat" and the fact that you're babbling nonsense makes me think of "idiot". So you're basically and stupid cunt. Go away spammer!

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LOL phpBB cheaters, no votes

LOL phpBB cheaters, no votes for whole day and now 1 vote per second? U must be kidding me. Wink

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This poll isn't really

This poll isn't really reliable. If it were, then obviously IP.Board would be rated #1 in it's list.

What's with all the lamers lately (trampoline, jumping, etc)? Don't they have anything better to do than to breathe?

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IP.Board was the best in the

IP.Board was the best in the previous century. Not now.

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IP.Board didn't exist in the

IP.Board didn't exist in the previous century. It's the best there is, despite the unreliable results showing for this poll.

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And obviously I mean "IT

And obviously I mean "IT century". Wink

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This can't be reliable at

This can't be reliable at all, someone who has no life is spending his time voting and re-voting for phpBB and Yazd (which website is dead since 2010)

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Lol, this makes no sense at

Lol, this makes no sense at all! All votes for phpBB and Yazd are made by proxies. Please check their IPs for more information.

I don't even understand it why these people try hard to get #1 for forum software, when they clearly aren't. The only thing they prove with this is because they are really SHITTY software with kids developers Smile)

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Bullshit results, before

Bullshit results, before today Yazd was no where to be found. On top of that, there's no way phpBB could overpass MyBB with LEGITIMATE votes in this short of time. Bullshit.

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This is a load of you know

This is a load of you know what.

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Hi, I am here to inform the

Hi,

I am here to inform the above posters, along with anyone else who is reading this, that the phpBB team have nothing to do with the sudden increase in votes. The reason why they are so high is because someone has a grudge against MyBB and has decided to use automated software to boost the votes of our competitors. We have already contacted Forum Software Reviews about this abuse and we will work to the best of out ability to get them to disregard the automated votes which clearly violate their Terms & Conditions ( See: http://www.forum-software.org/terms-conditions ).

We thank you for your support with this matter, and on behalf of the MyBB Group wish you a happy new year.

Regards,
Nathan Malcolm
MyBB Group.

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Sorry guys, but the voting is

Sorry guys, but the voting is totally unreliable this year. You need to better protect your poll system, while the ones breaking it need a life Smile

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Agreed. If the voting had

Agreed. If the voting had been reliable, obviously IP.Board would have been at the top of the list for the paid products.

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Mybb is best

Mybb is best

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Whatever it is that you're

Whatever it is that you're smoking, it's really doing a number on you.

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shut up troll

shut up troll

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You're the troll. Shoo

You're the troll. Shoo troll, don't bug me.

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MyBB is the best and a wide

MyBB is the best and a wide platform. Very flexible and easy to use. I have planned my wedding dress with the help of communities in MyBB platform.

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No offense but that's a

No offense but that's a stupid correlation. What if you had gotten help from 10 different communities, each using a different forum? Would you be testifying that all 10 are the best because of those communities? Those communities are made up of people, not software.

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Hi all, Sorry for last year's

Hi all,

Sorry for last year's problem with this load of fake votes and spams. As usual, it's when you're offline that the shit happens. I'm gonna revert results of phpBB, YAZD and MesDiscussions to their initial results before this happened, and gonna track the IPs address (if it's not a pack of zombie pcs) to prevent this from happening again (even if I have some doubts about this).

Official Results of 2011 should be announced soon! Sorry again for these ******* spammers.

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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Replying to me, here are the

Replying to me, here are the fake results back to normal state:

YAZD: was 2333 votes, is now back to 12.
phpBB: was 2375, is now back to 514.
MesDiscussions: was 3740 (!), is now back to 5.

Sorry again for the inconvenience, hope the asshole script kiddie enjoyed this...

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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You should add a captcha.

You should add a captcha.

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lastnico's picture

Yes, that's a good idea...

Yes, that's a good idea... that Drupal unfortunately does not provide... ouch!

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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You tried the CAPTCHA plugin

You tried the CAPTCHA plugin (http://drupal.org/project/captcha) ?

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lastnico's picture

Yes, I know it, but I'm using

Yes, I know it, but I'm using Mollom, which does not provide a way to protect the Poll voting action. As I would like to avoid having several modules covering more or less the same domain, I cannot use the CAPTCHA module in addition to the current one I have (and I have to say my Drupal configuration already contains MANY modules to maintain and upgrade)

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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Convert to IPB.

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mybb is very good Thanks

mybb is very good
Thanks Chris and all administrator taem thanks all guys

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Nice to see the fake votes

Nice to see the fake votes removed and to see the current results again, thanks for fixing it lastnico.

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