I think its widely accepted that the integrated forum software is less than stellar. To this end, a few of us have been testing an alternative phpbb board with a view to replacing what we have here with something a lot, lot better.
There are a couple of caveats...
The board we're looking at is free to set-up and use. But it may mean some advertising. In my tests I haven't encountered anything obtrusive, but that might not be true for everyone.
Second, its unlikely that we can port the current content across to the new site. We're still examining how it might be possible, but I think the likely solution is that we'll run the current board in parallel with the new board, keeping it as an archive. Some manual porting of the most popular topics is probable, just to start the site with some content.
I welcome comments, feedback and ideas.
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