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On password protected forums...

Post by Elsensee » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:59 pm

On my quest to (apparently) slim phpBB so it's much easier to maintain (for developers) and handle (for administrators) (as seen here in the ACP UX Improvements topic), I came across password protected forums.

Just as for the ACP UX Improvements I don't want to do anything to any features in a minor version. Don't panic.
I'm basically just thinking about hanakin's topic on phpBB.com about the new style titled Chameleon:
hanakin wrote:We are reimagining what a forum is at the individual component level.
To me, a password protected forum (PPF) is a component as well; a component that is not modern anymore. It's a relict from old versions of phpBB. If you want to properly protect a forum, use permissions. Passwords for PPF's can just be handed to somebody else, thus you should consider it unprotected, thus you don't need a password. Easy as that.

That's why I'm voting for removing this feature in one of the next major versions. PPF's would be converted to normal forums that only founders can access on upgrade.

What do you think?

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Re: On password protected forums...

Post by DavidIQ » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:00 pm

+1
Can be relegated to an extension if anything.
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Post by Senky » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:04 pm

I can imagine there are users who use this. I have heard of boards that are kind of a game which you solve by reading hints in the topics which reveal passwords to new forums where you can find more hints. But yeah, definitely an extension (maybe official one since we don't want to discontinue a feature without providing a proper fallback?).

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Post by Ger » Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:55 pm

By all means, ditch it. I can't remember any board using it in the past decade, except Area51 of course.

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Just peeked in that yogurt forum, it's full of topics from 2003 where people are voting for removing that feature. Might be time to just do it.
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Re: On password protected forums...

Post by Solidjeuh » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:25 pm

I'm maintaining a few forums, and non of them are using PPF.
I also agree that it should be done with permissions.
So yeah, remove it. We wont miss it.

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Post by JimA » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:46 pm

Such a niche feature, I'm definitely for ditching it as well in favour of simplicity.
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Re: On password protected forums...

Post by v12mike » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:58 pm

One interesting question, after upgrade to a version of phpBB not supporting passworded forums, what will happen to existing passworded forums?

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Re: On password protected forums...

Post by david63 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:55 am

v12mike wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:58 pm
One interesting question, after upgrade to a version of phpBB not supporting passworded forums, what will happen to existing passworded forums?
Elsensee wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:59 pm
PPF's would be converted to normal forums that only founders can access on upgrade.
I would also add that if there are any PPF's then the future would be to use permissions/groups and that could all be in place at any time (i.e. now) and just removing the passwords would not make any difference.
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