YaBB (Yet Another Bulletin Board) is a versatile, highly customizable, multi-platform Open Source Forum software.
Its been around for over 10 years now, recently publishing its Version 2.5AE Anniversary Edition. YaBB is built with Perl, consequently it will run on almost anything that has a WebServer running. Its quick, feature-filled and relatively easy to get going.
YaBB might have the most subtle user interface of any Forum software package. It only shows you what you ‘can’ do. This is (for me) a bit zen-like, and has become one of its most endearing aspects for me.
Another personal connector for YaBB was the range of User Experiences it exposed me to – how language interfaces could be handled, how to creatively use the interface’s features to do things perhaps unintended by the original coder, and probably most importantly that for every feature in a user interface that says “We should do ‘A’ “.; there’s another equally valid point to view that says either “We should do ‘B’ “. or “It ain’t broke, leave it alone”.
I have about 5 or 6 running YaBB forums, plus countless ‘test’ setups for debugging. Currently I’m working on the architecture of a Universal Login Interface.
If you already have XAMMP running AND you would like to test or use a terrific Forum Software – use JonB’s Soon-to-be Famous 10 Minute Installation! <here>
The original impetus of the XAMPP experiment was to get YaBB running on a DIY Windows Server – and it works just fine! – so we may as well use it.. <here>
Would you l;like to be pretty darn sure YaBB will run on that home-built server (before you kill the kids, the neighbors, your pet or your S.O)? Then check our on-going results <here>
The Server Geek is proud to be a member of the YaBB Project.
ask me a question on the YaBBForum.com Support Forum
Last update: September 27, 2010