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Yoshi

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Sup P? This could be our new crib since the Neoseeker Dragon Ball forum might get deleted.
 

p123

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What's up Yosh. It was just an April Fool's Day joke, but this place looks pretty badass. How long have you been here?
 
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p123

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Wow. Either way, the site looks impressive for sure. What type of forum is this? Not like the Zeta board stuff right?
 
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Welcome, p123! Always great to see new members here!

Xenforo and phpBB are two different animals, ultimately. Yes, they're both forum software, but phpBB is freeware, developed and maintained by volunteer staff on their free time. There's nothing wrong with that, and it certainly doesn't equate to a bad product, but it does typically mean that releases are slower paced and bug fixes come out at a pace not quite expeditious, with security fixes released within a day or so of being reported. Xenforo is developed by full-time developers and bug releases typically come quickly and en masse, with security fixes coming within hours of being reported. The level of development and innovation is also much higher in a product like Xenforo, with features and code updates coming typically years ahead of freeware options simply because of the nature of freeware development (not saying there aren't freeware or open source products that don't have full time teams, there absolutely are, but in the freeware forum software market, it's mostly volunteer developers working in their free time). As far as cost goes, well, Xenforo is, as mentioned, a paid-for product, so yeah, it's more expensive to operate than a phpBB install, which is free to download and can be installed on a free host if you find one with decent specs, whereas Xenforo costs $160usd up front and $55usd/year for continued support and update access, not to mention a fair few of the add-ons are premium add-ons and come at a premium price, so there's the possibility of added costs there, as well.

It's about investment, ultimately. If you can get the level of functionality you want out of the free market, take that route, by all means! There are some great options available, like MyBB, Flarum, Vanilla, and so on. If, however, you're looking for a little more out of your community and don't mind spending a bit to get there (and if you've ever delved into the website game to a big degree, you'll realize that this is not exactly a lot of money compared to what some people and companies spend), then the paid market is the better option overall.
 
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p123

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Yes, this seems far more official. Definitely worth the couple of bucks you gotta spend. Do you work on the site? And what kind of money can a site bring in?
 

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Flarum, Vanilla

Flarum is so good, but I don't like using Composer and it also doesn't natively support my webserver of choice.
Vanilla is great as well, but less suitable for a forum like this.

Yes, this seems far more official. Definitely worth the couple of bucks you gotta spend. Do you work on the site? And what kind of money can a site bring in?

A website can bring in lots of money, this one doesn't. We're still small and don't run any ads, we do have a donation feature, however.
 

Super Kami Guru

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Yes, this seems far more official. Definitely worth the couple of bucks you gotta spend. Do you work on the site? And what kind of money can a site bring in?

I don't work on this site, no, that'd be Beerus and Jay, but I work with several other sites and have been tinkering with forum software since about 1996, so I've had a bit of time to get familiar with them :D

Flarum is so good, but I don't like using Composer and it also doesn't natively support my webserver of choice.
Vanilla is great as well, but less suitable for a forum like this.



A website can bring in lots of money, this one doesn't. We're still small and don't run any ads, we do have a donation feature, however.

Hopefully Flarum will continue to expand its' compatibility as it grows, because it's definitely got potential as a platform. Vanilla's gotten better over time, as well, though I see they appear to have done away with their free version in favour of a cloud-based setup that's all paid. Interesting move.
 

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Hopefully Flarum will continue to expand its' compatibility as it grows, because it's definitely got potential as a platform. Vanilla's gotten better over time, as well, though I see they appear to have done away with their free version in favour of a cloud-based setup that's all paid. Interesting move.

Not quite, it's just more difficult to find. They got rid of the .org domain and instead host it on the .com - https://open.vanillaforums.com/download
Still, development is slow and addons are slower still.
 

p123

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I really want to make a website dedicated towards breaking down power statements for Dragonball/Marvel and other stuff, think you'd be interested in helping me?
 

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I really want to make a website dedicated towards breaking down power statements for Dragonball/Marvel and other stuff, think you'd be interested in helping me?

What would this dedicated website have that isn't on here? Maybe something I can make happen.
 

p123

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Yeah, that would be great.

For me, it really would be a combination of all of the power statements in an organized fashion, along with some footnotes about it. Similar to what Kanzenshuu does but taken to the extreme. The guys that are coming here now are people who have debated on many websites across the fandom and we generally discuss power levels outside of the realm of the scouters and focus on a large A > B > C system that we've all debated for years.
 
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