(First-time post here, please be patient and ignore all spelling errors.)
Well, forking phpBB would be a "bad thing"(tm) to do IMHO. A forum software is by definition something exposed to all the bad guys out there in the net. Better phpBB stays under the controll and carefull testing of the developer team. They hopefully know, what they are doing ....SamG wrote:People are always free to fork phpBB and make it better in less time. So far, interestingly enough, despite all the vocal complaints, there have been no takers so far as I know.
What about contributing patches?
Hmm while working on this post someone was faster.
SamG wrote:The developers are not in the habit of accepting patches at any time, but they will be interested in constructive criticism during the beta and RC cycles.
So the answer is "No!"
Anyway at least the second next paragraph is still valid, I think.
I have intalled the CVS-Version on a test site about two weeks ago. I had some minor issues (not counting the nice gift in common.php) but after adding some smaller fixes to the PHP-code it worked very nice. There are still a lot of open ends, empty functions or conditionals (you know way better than I ) -- but that is what I expect from CVS code. (Currently I am working on an import of an 2.0.6 test-board (100000 posts) to do some real-world benchmarks, but it is difficult because some parts of 2.2 seem to disagree on the meaning of two database fields.)
Unfortunately, as I understand the forum rules here, I am not allowed to share my findings with anybody. And that is something I can't understand because it contradict my understanding of OSS: "play around, think about it, code something, and contribute your ideas, new code and fixes".
Well enough on that, you phpBB developers clearly have the right to set the rules for your project, therefore I will follow your rules and do not post my findings here or else where. I hope, someday I will understand your reasons. Why do all the hard work alone, why deny help, why give up what OSS is about: people helping eachother to make great software?
Yea, Happy Birthday phpBB 2.2! Let's hope your parents teached you everything you will need on your way out to the real world. Whish you a long and healthy life.Anyway, yes, Happy Birthday phpBB 2.2!
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. -- Voltaire 1694 - 1778