bbpress.com

Well, OK, it’s not going to be bbpress.com. bbpress.com is taken, as is bbpress.net. This is just as well since, let’s be honest, the name ‘bbpress’ sucks almost as much as the product. No, it’s going to be TalkPress, currently home to a delightful phpBB installation, which if nothing else will teach them about COPPA declarations:

i fail to see the irony

This is clearly hyperbole, as phpBB is a bloated piece of crap which is only about twice as good as bbPress, but in addition to COPPA maybe they will be able to figure out stuff like thread-splitting and post counts from it.

This will actually work. If you’re looking for a reliable free forum, you’re not in a position to quibble about features; you take what you can get. Plus of course it will be plugged over here in the manner of signmyguestbook.com on diaryland back in the day, when pretty much every diarylander had an smg account to match. The forums themselves will look like hell, of course, all massive fonts and unnecessary whitespace, but they’ll probably allow colour customisation and custom headers, plus the ads won’t be as conspicuous as on the average free host, so your average Snow Lover will be in clover. bbPress can’t compete on the self-hosted front — it remains a toy for dedicated fanboys and career moderators — so this is a smart move.

9 Comments »

  1. Collin said

    Give me a choice of phpBB (bloated or not) or bbPress and I know which one I will take every time thanks.

  2. timethief said

    EEEUUUUWWW! How exciting is that bloggers?

    Are we all jumping up and down and spouting !!!! everywhere?
    Or is it just the fanboy moderators that are so very happy!!! they could !!! ad infinitum?
    http://bbpress.org/blog/2008/01/the-future-for-bbpress/
    http://comox.textdrive.com/pipermail/wp-forums/2006-November/004059.html

    [rolling eyes and adjusting tin foil hat]

  3. timethief said

    TalkPress http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/talkpress

  4. the majority of the code written to create this new project will be released as open source.

    Not all of it, then. Only to be expected, but I wonder how happy the FBFs will be about that?

  5. that’s the ASP loophole in the GPL for ya.
    since they’re providing the software as a service, they’re not obligated to release _any_ of their modifications back. then again, most of the wordpress.com changes do find their way into the wordpress trunk.

  6. options said

    …so your average Snow Lover will be in clover.

    oh, TGA, wish I could put some things as clearly and nicely (politely) at the same time as you do!

    it seems to me this specific .com term may require a liitle bit of explanation for the irregular followers of the blog.

    perhaps, a special Page with a Glossary dedicated to a set of such terms wouldn’t be redundant (in order to obviate the need to attach definitions whenever they appear in the text and, also, to ensure that all of those truly wonderful pearls won’t get lost in the eventful timeline), would it?

    I’ve even got a title for it — “The Wanky Codex”😉

  7. timethief said

    What a cool idea! + for the Wanky Codex😉

  8. Kissing Bandit said

    hehe +2 for the Wanky Codex.

    -KB

  9. timethief said

    Gosh, where are the rest of those voters, when you need them. I believe a Wanky Codex is just what we need.😉

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