Wes Fryer (SpeedofCreativity.org) is looking for a free open source discussion forum to complement his WordPress blog installation.

I’m thinking a good ‘ole text-based forum might be good for my purpose and goals. I’d like to provide an interactive venue where people can offer feedback and discuss ideas raised in the posts / book. I could open commenting on the original posts, but comments there wouldn’t be threaded, organized and amplified the way they could be in a separate forum. phpBB is the best option I know of for this. I love the fact that it is open source. Are you aware of other or better options? 

Here are 3 that I googled and will try out later this week as alternatives to phpBB (which I wasn’t pleased with):

  1. miniBBhttp://www.minibb.com/
    (you can check out some of the example forums…)
  2. myBB http://www.mybb.com
  3. Unclassfied Newsboardhttp://newsboard.unclassified.de/
    This one is used by the Dokuwiki folks for their forum.

And a few more others have suggested:

    Whether these are easier to use than phpBB–that is, you can use a HTML editor instead of BB markup code–is another question. I haven’t tried them but intend to over this week for fun.

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