Maybe I'm asking for trouble since Paul gets to critique my assignments but I think its kind of ironic that a site focusing on Java technology uses Perl to drive the Saloon. Obviously from a cost/functionality standpoint a canned program makes sense but you would think with the amount of class that frequent this place someone would develop something.
Several of us have thought about it, but in practice there's no real driver for it at the moment. UBB seems good enough for what we want, and I'd rather spend time "mentoring" here, and working on personal projects than bashing out a clone of something that already exists. Do you know of an existing Java Bulletin Board that's as good as UBB?
Since I put my full nit picking force into every cattle drive victim, I can't imagine how I could make it worse. I suppose if someone really annoyed me I might tell them I don't want to do the cattle drive for them. But in this case I agree with you. It would be cool to have a Java based messaging thing, but I'm not aware of any at this time that are as good as UBB. There is now a Java version of UBB available, but you have to use their servers - and their rates are way too high.
Just a friendly poke from the ole cattle prod! I actually use DCForum from www.dcscripts.com. They both have virtually the same features and cost. I have thus far been unable to find any suitable forum software built using Java.
I am a sys admin for an isp. We host a few sites that use dcforum, as for our site I only use it for communication between employees regarding technical issues. Our site is not accessible from outside of our network. It's not much to look at though as I have only made visual modifications to the default layout.