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    Hi,

    My brother is abit of a gamer. He is apart of a group on an online game (The name i cannot remember). They would like some free Forum software to make a forum for the group. They would like a self hosted solution.

    I have found this - Home of SMF: Free PHP and MySQL forum software i played around with this a few years ago and it seemed ok.

    Does anyone else have any suggestions please?

    Thanks

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    phpBB • Creating Communities Worldwide

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    Forum software is much like the eternal mac vs windows vs linux debate, or the emacs vs vi debate. Very much a personal preference.

    I know someone who swears by simplemachines, others who adore phpbb etc...

    The best option is to set a few up, try them out and see what you think.

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    There's also Vanilla Forums.

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    Actually, we started a variant of phpbb called Dragonfly.

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    I would say phpBB3 looks like a pretty good choice based on the recent forum upgrade Ars Technica did. Their forums are super fast now - although this probably has more to do with how their servers are set up than anything else. I also really like what Neowin did with their forums using IPB3, but this is not free.

    A good point mentioned in the first link above is the number of security vulnerabilities the forum software has, or has had. The less, the better IMO. MyBB has a massive amount of them.

    MyBB: http://secunia.com/advisories/product/4479/
    phpBB3: http://secunia.com/advisories/product/17998/
    PunBB: http://secunia.com/advisories/product/3700/
    Simple Machines: http://secunia.com/advisories/product/5285/
    Vanilla: http://secunia.com/advisories/product/16237/

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