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Best Forum Software of 2010 - Results

After a really intensive fight among all competitors, we are proud to announce the results of our yearly competition to promote the Best Forum Softwares of 2010, in three distinct categories: Free, Commercial and Hosted.

With more than 250 comments posted and more than 3800 voters, the competition was this year really popular, with really interesting discussions and sometimes trolls just below each poll.

Let's announce the results:

Best Free Forum Software: MyBB

With 47% of the voters (1455 out of a total of 3066 votes), MyBB got its award back for 2010! After an epic fight between phpBB (463 votes) and Simple Machines (527 votes), MyBB (1455 votes) was able to reach this great score, helped a bit by a really dynamic and enthusiastic community! MyBB is getting more and more popular, and its extremely ease of installation and its increasing count of available plugins are clearly parts of the success.

Best Commercial Forum Software: Invision Power Board

Finally, Invision Power Board pushes vBulletin down from the throne, after 3 successive years. Invision Power Board, and more particularly its major version 3 proves that forum and social networks are not two distinct worlds, and that forum technologies can evolve to embrace social networks.

Best Hosted Forum: ZetaBoards

After the beginning of the year lead by Lefora, Zetaboards finally got out and won this award with almost 60% of the voters. This company, that also runs InvisionFree has a clear and good expertise in forum hosting and community supporting, and they deserve their award.

Now that 2010 is ended, it's time to look forward to the future, and we announce today the official poll to nominate the best forum softwares of 2011. Note that this year, we put all softwares together, but each of them are running for their own category (free, commercial, and hosted).

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WIT, the first WWWBoard ever

Have you ever wondered what was the first forum software? A bit of history for Christmas, that's our present.

The first forum software (at this period a forum software was called a WWWBoard) was developed by the W3 consortium in 1994 and it was named WIT, which stands for W3 Interactive Talk. It was developed in about 3 days, and was mainly used for technical discussions at the W3. The main goal of its implementation was an attempt for consortium to look for a more convenient way of discussing, to maybe replace (or improve) newsgroups and mailing lists. You can notice this aim is about to be achieved with more modern forum softwares.

The WIT website still exists, even if it is no more available, which means we can't propose you a live demonstration of this software (I see some people crying Wink.

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Website Toolbox down for about 24 hours

As some members (Mat, Rick and Jon by mail) reported it, Website Toolbox architecture was down for more than 1 day, starting from yesterday morning (December 22nd, 2010).

From the information we have, the failure seems to come from the DNS name, which was not responding anymore. It may be due to a wrong operation in their DNS zone.

The good news is that the forum are now up again, but apparently, nobody at Website Toolbox was replying during the failure, which created a huge panic reaction... For people asking about a refund, Jon informed us that nothing is going to be done.

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Drupal Tip #9: Theme Forum Topics

You are complaining about Drupal Forum because topics does not look like REAL topics, like the one you find in major forum softwares? Here is how to make them beautiful.

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Wikid Forum Review and Live Demonstration Available

The fusion of Wikis and Forum, reunified in one single software, is born, and its name is Wikid Forum!

Wikid Forum has just been reviewed at FSR! If you notice an unusual number of news, Yes, Christmas is approaching, and we finally find some times to make FSR alive again...

An updated version has been installed as well to let you test and discover this software via the Wikid Forum Live Demonstration.

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