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Hi...
I wasn't sure where to place this question, but here seemed ok. I was wondering if anyone knew of any good bullentin board systems on the internet that are free or close to being free? TIA.
Kevin
 
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As with everything I guess, the answer is "it depends".
In particular, are you looking for a bulletin board service (for example http://www.ezboard.com/ ), a bulletin board application for a particular platform (and which one), or some sort of deployable web-application? Are you concerned about whether you can get the source code? Are you concerned about what systems it will run on ? what languages/librries it uses ?
If you can give us a bit more information about how you plan to use such a system, we can probably come up with some more specific answers.
By the way, I think this topic is more appropriate to "General Computing" than "Java News", so I've moved it for you. Please continue the discussion in the General computing forum. Thanks.
 
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I wasn't sure what to ask for, but, a bulletin board service for java (JSP/servlets) or ASP (I guess), actually, any platform, cgi, php, it really doesn't matter, Java is just a preference. I just want something to put on my website without having to pay for something, but if I have to pay, then I have to pay. I'm in a band so I want a set up a BBS to we can have different forums on us. Something like I Mother Earth's system. Thanks for the help.
Kevin
 
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Kevin -
I would recommend checking out phpbb. It is written in PHP (obviously) and is similar to Ultimate BB (which JavaRanch uses). The install is very easy and there is no cost to use it.
Hope that helps -
Chris
 
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phpbb would be my choice too. It is a very well done board, perhaps even better than UBB or vBulletin both of which will cost you some money. phpbb is completely free and has a very active support community.
 
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Thanks a lot guys... this is REALLY appreciated!!
Kevin
 
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Thomas, if phpBB is at least equal to UBB and has an active community, why not switch the JavaRanch to it?
 
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