What BB did you use before NodeBB?

  • Admin

    10 years on phpbb myself, mainly developing an RPG mod for it called ADR (You ask, RPG's on a forum? -- if you've been with phpbb2 for a while you may have heard of ADR, Cash Mod, Zarath/Moogie's rpgs, and/or nulavatar, the best example being Gaia Online, if you haven't then maybe you've seen forums before with cash/xp/level shown underneath a customizable avatar before at the very least)

    there have been some unsuccessful attempts at porting or trying what we did on IPB and VB although I can't remember their names off by hand.

    battling other forum users is the ultimate form of gamification imo and ADR et al. took it to the next level. I really really really can't wait till I get the free time to try something like that on nodebb 😉

  • Plugin & Theme Dev Anime Lovers GNU/Linux

    I can't wait to see what you have planned for that @psychobunny

    Well I've tried almost every BB there is, even ones you've probably never heard of. All experimenting mostly on the design aspect of the forums.

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    @trevor Hopefully NodeBB's open nature is the easiest to theme!

  • Plugin & Theme Dev Anime Lovers GNU/Linux

    Well here's a breakdown example on the themes and the platform used for them.

    ##IP.Board
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    ##esoTalk
    269894v2.png

    ##Discourse
    277933v2 (1).png

    ##NodeBB (currently)
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    386607v2.png

  • Admin

    am I biased or does your NodeBB theme look the best 😄

  • Plugin & Theme Dev Anime Lovers GNU/Linux

    Haha, I really love it a lot too. @psychobunny

  • Admin

    btw, I really like that "login to get started" arrow you did. could totally be a simple plugin for NodeBB imo

  • Community Rep

    I am currently using vanilla forums. Unfortunately the community seems dead aside from a few security updates that are released once in a while.
    I actually had an idea to start creating a forum based on node.js, but then I found you guys!


  • @trevor For some reason, your IP.Board theme got me feeling nostalgic (don't quite know why)

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    Hahah, that nostalgia is why we came back to forums in the first place @CaioDA... forums were a part of our youth, and we just don't want to give them up 🙂

    @bdharrington7 Glad you found us -- I'm sure we'd rather not have a competing Node.js forum product 😄


  • @trevor Now that you mention the design aspect, I've realized that every "modern" forum software has a distinct design that you can notice almost immediately. The one that is the least distinctive in my opinion is NodeBB, and even then, you know when a forum is running it.

  • Community Rep

    @julian nah I'd rather just help you guys out, as long as we can keep this community going! 🙂


  • @psychobunny said:

    10 years on phpbb myself, mainly developing an RPG mod for it called ADR (You ask, RPG's on a forum? -- if you've been with phpbb2 for a while you may have heard of ADR, Cash Mod, Zarath/Moogie's rpgs, and/or nulavatar, the best example being Gaia Online, if you haven't then maybe you've seen forums before with cash/xp/level shown underneath a customizable avatar before at the very least)

    there have been some unsuccessful attempts at porting or trying what we did on IPB and VB although I can't remember their names off by hand.

    battling other forum users is the ultimate form of gamification imo and ADR et al. took it to the next level. I really really really can't wait till I get the free time to try something like that on nodebb 😉

    You know this is the kind of stuff a big company like zappos would use to get their employees to work harder. Completing real work to level up game stats. Thats the future. How do you expect this new generation of gamers to work for ten minutes? Make work part of the game.

    Off topic but just had to put it out there.

  • Plugin & Theme Dev Anime Lovers GNU/Linux

    @CaioDA said:

    @trevor Now that you mention the design aspect, I've realized that every "modern" forum software has a distinct design that you can notice almost immediately. The one that is the least distinctive in my opinion is NodeBB, and even then, you know when a forum is running it.

    I agree.

    And you know what, out of every one of them I've used, NodeBB seems to be the easiest IMO. We need more designers... I'm just saying.

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    We need to get the word out there to theme designers and the like... once we have a couple themes under our belt, we could post NodeBB to various design forums/subreddits... (think)


  • @trevor Completely agree. NodeBB has one of the most straight-forward plugin (haven't checked themes yet) architectures I've ever seen. I'm rather new to Javascript and I can get rather far with my limited knowledge.

  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    UBB - ugh

  • Admin

    Glad to hear you guys appreciate the theme and plugin frameworks. If there's anything you think needs improving we're right here for ya, voluntolding @julian to take care of this for you. XD

  • Admin

    @trevor just curious, how was theming with discourse? they are technically speaking our "web 2.0" competitors although I see them more of like some kind of discussion software and not really an actual forum. if there's anything you liked from their setup that you think could be implemented here I'd be happy to try and figure that out 🙂


  • @julian said:

    We need to get the word out there to theme designers and the like... once we have a couple themes under our belt, we could post NodeBB to various design forums/subreddits... (think)

    I can photoshop/illustrator themes all day but im still trying to figure out the coding side. Driving me crazy not knowing how to edit things yet. Im seeing things in need of tweaking all over but all i can do is complain. Gah.

    Id reach out to some themeforest guys. Theres a fair amount of talent on that website.

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