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Old 11-09-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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I'd be reluctant to use something new if it doesn't have a substantial amount of people using it. Software comes and goes all the time, there is always going to be conversion scripts for the major platforms but that may not be the case with something that doesn't have a large user base.
The technology that I mentioned earlier, was NodeJS (to use with NodeBB). Which is new (as in 5 years old) and built on top of a widely used technology (v8 from Google Chrome Browsers). It's not as widely used as older technologies such as PHP and mainframes just because those technologies have been out for decades.

However, there's a lot of big shops using it and there's an enormous community of developers. There's a reason why Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram, Google, PayPal, New York Times, eBay, Wall Street Journal, LiveFyre, SoundCloud, Voxer, Chess,Yahoo, Storify, New York Post, Washington Post, Microsoft and many others are choosing it over older technologies.

Of course, another, little older, and even more supported technology, would be Ruby on Rails which has plenty of forum options as well.
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:33 PM
 
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The technology that I mentioned earlier, was NodeJS (to use with NodeBB). Which is new (as in 5 years old) and built on top of a widely used technology (v8 from Google Chrome Browsers). It's not as widely used as older technologies such as PHP and mainframes just because those technologies have been out for decades.

However, there's a lot of big shops using it and there's an enormous community of developers. There's a reason why Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram, Google, PayPal, New York Times, eBay, Wall Street Journal, LiveFyre, SoundCloud, Voxer, Chess,Yahoo, Storify, New York Post, Washington Post, Microsoft and many others are choosing it over older technologies.

Of course, another, little older, and even more supported technology, would be Ruby on Rails which has plenty of forum options as well.
I'm not talking about this forum software vs. some other software or the backends they use. Even if it's the very best forum software there is if you have small user base and it fades into oblivion converting to something new is the issue. If phpBB ceases to exist tomorrow there is going to be a conversion script available for almost any forum I want to convert it too.

This used to come up a lot on phpBB.com where someone would be using a some obscure forum software, there would be no conversion path and they would either have to pay someone to write a conversion script, write it themselves or beg someone to write one.
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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I'm not talking about this forum software vs. some other software or the backends they use. Even if it's the very best forum software there is if you have small user base and it fades into oblivion converting to something new is the issue. If phpBB ceases to exist tomorrow there is going to be a conversion script available for almost any forum I want to convert it too.

This used to come up a lot on phpBB.com where someone would be using a some obscure forum software, there would be no conversion path and they would either have to pay someone to write a conversion script, write it themselves or beg someone to write one.
Right... but we're all talking about forum software with large user bases and large development communities. I'm not talking about something that nobody uses. This is true with all the popular forum software. There will be conversion utilities.

Why start off with older forum software when there is newer, well used and well supported software available... if you're starting from scratch?
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