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phpBB and vBulletin dominate the market. phpBB is free and open source where as vBulletin costs a couple hundred bucks and is closed source. (but sometimes has a few more features)


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Try the StackExchange OnStartups site, or TheFunded (registration and clearance required).


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Hacker News: http://news.ycombinator.com is one.


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Look no further and try FogBugz for free for 45 days! It's totally worth it. Among other things it has: Great Issue and Bug Tracking System Awesome Customer Support Evidence Based Scheduling Integrated Version Control System Joel And many many more cool features and super fast environment. Whatever questions you have regarding the FogBugz please use ...


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I have personally never used Disqus on a web-developer/administration level, but as a user (reading + posting) on several Blogs such as Notch's Minecraft Blog (oops he disabled commenting!), I've noticed that it tends to have some serious issues handling large amounts of users/posts. The most apparent issue is the random disappearance of comments, ...


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You won't find a more comprehensive list of online forum software than this one at wikipedia. (You can order the list by how recently they were released by clicking on the small box in the "Latest release date" column on the first chart on the page. Apparently, MyBB's latest version of their software was released earlier this month.)


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You could try using a Google Search instead for this... To limit the results to threads in a parent forum (e.g. in this case Picasa), use site:google.com/support/forum/p/Picasa/thread. To limit the results to a specific sub-forum, you could add the breadcrumbs that appear on each page to your search query. For example: "Help forum > Picasa > Picasa ...


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We made a one at http://forum.mctraveler.eu/ It is simple visitors can create threads/posts which then will be threaded in the disqus style. The "forum" is only made out of static files, html and javascript. We have also hosted it on Amazon S3 in the past. You can copy it, you will need to save the index.html and forum.js. Change the shortname and API ...


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In the forums, when viewing the topics, you should see a column on the right for monitoring options. Click on the orange RSS icon to grab the feed of that topic. You can just use your RSS reader of choice to get notice of replies. Or you can use some RSS-to-email service (e.g., Feed My Inbox, Feed Mailer, etc.) to have those RSS items sent to your ...


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You could create your own Private Wiki at Wikispaces. You would need to upgrade to the Plus Package for Individuals and Groups in order have a private wiki. This costs $5 a month or $50 a year and provides the following features: Unlimited Users Unlimited Pages and Messages 2GB Storage Max 20MB Per File WYSIWYG Editing Ad Free Private Wiki SSL Security ...


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You could create two throw-away email accounts, and give each party the other's address, setting those accounts to forward to their real addresses. IE: yourclient@email.com (set to forward to your client's normal address) yourcontract@email.com (ditto for your client) You would have login access to the in-the-middle accounts, and could make that known to ...


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For that thread in particular, you can use this link to view the first 100 posts: http://www.overclock.net/t/1232496/crossover-27q-led-led-p-27m-led-2720mdp-gold-led-monitor-club/0_100 And you can set your preferences to 100 per page, but at that it's still 54 pages. I tried tricking it into letting me set it to 900 but it won't. As for a permanent ...


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I haven't seen any web application that can extract a thread into a single page. I do know that this forum provides a mobile version. Which when viewed on the desktop, reduces the clutter allowing for a faster read. You can access the mobile version by clicking the mobile button on the bottom of the page.


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Not sure what you want, but please check out http://www.proboards.com/ and http://www.quicktopic.com/ to see if it's what you are looking for.


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I found a free service that looks reasonable for my needs listed in the question: http://www.mixxt.net/ It offers your own free social network including mail all members functionality, events, news, forum, wiki, blogs, pictures, private messaging and much more, in fact anything you could think of. The free version just displays some mixxt adverts and ...


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Hmmm, that's a lot of functionality. I think Redmine does most of those things, but it's really a tool to help with managing software projects. I admit it's a crazy idea, and you still would have to set up a server, but you could make it work. Other than that, I don't see a lot of alternatives to Google's services.


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LinkedIn does not support any of these tools "out of the box". I created a new private LinkedIn group in which I could make test posts all day long without bothering anyone. HTML, Markdown and Textile all just rendered as plain text with gobbledegook. Some examples: [n.b.: I am new to Textile, so that formatting may be incorrect. Even if so I'd bet ...


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You could also try zoho.com. They provide multiple tools for collaboration projects. Much more possibilities than on google apps.


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Google docs can be shared with other people, are reasonably private (so long as they don't share with others) and can support multiple updates I think. Google Wave would have been the ideal place to do this but they aren't continuing support for it (although it looks likely that the main features will be built into google docs at some point soon).


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There's also InvisionFree forums : http://www.invisionfree.com


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FreeForums.org looks pretty good. Features include: Custom Admin Panel Over 150 different styles Ability to add Modules for extra functionality 24/7 Support Spam prevention 99.9% uptime Unlimited bandwidth There is also the ability to upgrade your package: Host on your own domain - $15 per year Ad Removal - $4.95 a month Copyright removal - $10 per ...


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I'm wondering if jfusion could do this. Jfusion will automatically generate forum topics for new blog posts, and I believe it will also sync comments between the blog and forum. Haven't used it for a few years though, so I'm not sure if its deprecated


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StartUps are a particular subject strenth on Quora too it seems.


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Is this what you need? http://www.guitartabcreator.com/


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You can edit your profile name on this page It is linked at the top right of the forum pages when you are signed in.


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phpBB has a hosting service like WordPress.com now. It's called Forumatic. It was announced on phpbb.com last week.


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There is always Yahoo! Groups. It may not actually require one to have a Yahoo mail account, but in practice the act of joining tends to end up with one created for you. You are not obligated to use it for anything, however. It is ad supported, both on the site and in email containing group content. It is a weird hybrid of a mailing list provider with a ...


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Give Vanilla Forums a try, they are the best IMHO. Also you might consider installing BuddyPress on a WordPress blog (it's a plugin), that's a good alternative to classic forum approach.



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