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Ultra-friendly free forum software?

We're building a website for seniors and want to make it easy for them to get into bulletin board-style discussions that you can register for with Facebook or other really easy login, similar to the forums at Gawker. Is such a thing freely available somewhere? We've been experimenting with BBPress but so far it seems a little bit hard for our audience to get into, unless maybe there is some module out there that makes it easier?
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Easy-to-use forum solution, maybe a suite of apps, other than GoogleApps

Our non-profit [a Quaker Meeting] is looking to expand our online offerings, both internally--for our members and attenders [private forums, and possibly more real-time social features], and also a more friendly and informative public-facing website than we have now. Any of the solutions should be easy to administer for people with middling to pretty good internet/computer knowledge. We are looking at Google Apps for non-profits, but so far, I'm finding their Google Groups a pretty poor approximation of a web forum. So I'd like to know what other options may be out there for us. We'd ideally like a full-featured suite of products that can grow with us, but if we build something piecemeal, are probably most interested in first having a user-friendly but robust forum. Free is ideal, inexpensive could be considered, based on features. We are a 501(c)(3). Would love pointers to software or cloud solutions, but am also interested in exploring groups that are already using such software [if they are public].
posted by QuakerMel on Jan 25, 2014 - 1 answer

What is the best modern looking threaded forum module?

I'm looking for a forum module that looks nice for a small .com start up I'm working with. A lot of the ones I see, even with themes in place, look antiquated, instead of the threaded, facebook-esque look we're looking for. Could someone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by unreason on Dec 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Is there a better, more 'Web 2.0', alternative to traditional bulletin board systems?

Why are all web Forum/Bulletin Board systems so horrible? Is there anything that outdoes PHPBB, vBulletin etc. and adds a bit of good ol' fashioned Web 2.0 usability to the genre? [more inside]
posted by Glum on Jan 17, 2009 - 11 answers

web forum software with subforums

Recommend a web forum software that allows for an arbitrarily large number of sub-forums. [more inside]
posted by zorro astor on Mar 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for Unconventional Forum Software

I want to create an online forum to discuss literally all topics. I'll be recruiting well-rounded people who can discuss lots of different sorts of issues in depth. The problem is: what software to use? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Oct 30, 2007 - 14 answers

Community ASP Software?

I'm looking for a community/portal service that isn't rediculously expensive. Anyone know of such a thing? [more inside]
posted by frufry on Oct 12, 2007 - 2 answers

like ask.mefi - only completely different

My friends and I are working - and when I say working, I should add that it is with only very vague direction as we are almost all self-taught - on a web project which we think would be very useful to many people. It is in some small respect tangentially similar to Metafilter, but would not compete with it. Are there any out-of-the-box products, commercial or free, that allow a similar question-and-answer (or comment-and-answer) functionality, where anyone can post and/or comment? [more inside]
posted by luriete on Aug 29, 2007 - 17 answers

Help ! Spammers have found my PHPBB forum !

I'm running a PhPBB forum. Spammers have found it. Mysterious strangers selling vigorous blue pills popped up from nowhere. Now I need to build something that will prevent spammers from polluting it. Is there a silver bullet that prevents all spammers from ever posting on PHPBB forums ? (I know, but I'm an eternal optimistic). Any antispam mods that has been successfullyt tested someone would like to recommend ? Thanks in adavance.
posted by Baud on Nov 20, 2006 - 8 answers

Seeking PHP/MySQL forum software

I need some PHP/MySQL forum software with certain features. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Aug 13, 2006 - 5 answers

Free ASP forum script, that stores Data in Flat Files and doesn't require registration?

I'm looking to add a very basic ASP 'support' forum for an industrial site. Natuarally, this is on a shoestring budget, and I'd prefer not to write it myself. I'm hoping that there is a basic forum implementation that I can adapt. The hosting of the site presents all sorts of 'fun' requirements. [more inside]
posted by adamkempa on Oct 28, 2005 - 2 answers

I need some recommendations for a good message forum board platform/software.

I need some recommendations for a good message forum board platform/software [more inside] [more inside]
posted by smcniven on May 28, 2004 - 10 answers

Discussion forum code for Microsoft SQL and IIS/ASP?

Looking to do some discussion forums on a commercial web site. I know there's a bunch of code in a can for this kind of stuff. Most of the one's I've seen are looking to be run on MySQL and PHP. Most of our site is on Microsoft SQL Server and IIS/ASP. Does anybody have thoughts or suggestions with respect to the best package for that environment? [more inside]
posted by willnot on May 6, 2004 - 5 answers

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