Let's forget about phpBB and forum. Let's forget phpBB 1, 2, and 3. Who cares. Let's make them disappear and make forum disappear too.
What if forum was never invented? What do we expect it to do? How do we present our information? How should users communicate and retrieve information?
(1) What is phpBB4's vision?
(2) What is forum for?
(1) Why do we use forum?
(2) Why do we use phpBB4?
I would say this is a great start
I know some questions have been answered but they are based on the past.However, I feel like we are jumping ahead with other things: profile control, ajax or not. These are features, not objective. We are here to brainstorm. We are not here to release another phpBB 1 , 2, 3 by adding, removing features, and rewrite the package. No. We should really look into what we want to do with forum?naderman wrote:I'd much prefer it if we came up with a system where it doesn't matter whether a feature is "core" or not.
I am not looking for a huge innovation here (I would do this with my commercial product, this is not Google). However, I would like to discuss these What and Why before we even jump into features (add this, remove that).
If we are building phpBB4 solely based on the old forum's principles (for many years),and just by writing phpBB4 with powerful API and framework, easier to integrate, new management system and package management, this is not phpBB4. This is just another vBulletin, another SMF. Better yet, just modify phpBB3.
I am sorry if I sound radical, but this is how brainstorming works. We just have some "goals" which are only extensions to the current phpBB3 and forum software.
It may sounds dumb to ask what forum is for. Yes, but remember this is the question the Google Wave developers asked before they started coding G.W. This is the kind of question Dell asked himself what computer is for, and what computer service is for.
There are many phpBB users who have successfully transformed a plain discussion board into something impressive and great. Don't ever bother to say "yeah it's so easy". Tell me, what is forum then? Hahahahaha....
I hope you guys understand that my motive is to make phpBB4 development smoother.