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OSCON 2014 Recap

Posted by darcie in Uncategorized with the tags on August 9th, 2014

Last week phpBB again attended OSCON, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, in Portland, Oregon. Yuriy, Derk, and I had a great time chatting with those attending the conference as well as those exhibiting. We were provided booth space by Bluehost as part of their ongoing commitment to support open source projects. We had a great spot right at the front of the hall.

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We arrived and set up Sunday in preparation for the Expo Hall opening Monday. Monday evening, the Expo Hall hosted a one hour first look at all the booths for conference attendees. The hour went by quickly, but after parties and further networking opportunities closed out the day. The “Elements” themed party the first night had us flying high and ready to conquer the week!

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Tuesday started damp, as we would expect for Portland. This was the first full day with the exhibitors, with that night being booth crawl night when the convention center brought in food and drinks. Bluehost had Tim O’Reilly come play a game of ping-pong with them!

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All week, we explored the hall and networked with other groups and attendees. We found our name on the Google Summer of Code board and chatted with the representatives of the program. We talked with someone in Community Development at O’Reilly Media about partnering with them on some interesting opportunities. And we left our mark on the giant chalkboard in the convention center hallway.

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Bertie helped give away lots of gummy bears. We talked with many people about 3.1 and improvements due in the next version. We had a great response to the concept of extensions and responsive layouts. We met many conference attendees that mentioned they got their start in coding by having a phpBB forum as a teenager, which was very rewarding!

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Additional highlights of the conference are available at the OSCON 2014 site.

Extensions Development Team

Posted by EXreaction in Uncategorized on November 7th, 2013

On behalf of the phpBB Team, I am proud to announce the formation of the Extensions Development Team!

With the release of 3.1, phpBB will leap into the new era of drop-in plugins that we have desired for so long. In an effort to maximize the benefits of this change, we are further looking to bridge the gap between the users of phpBB and the developer community.

Due to the great diversity of customisations requested by our userbase and the relatively limited resources available, we have always heavily relied on independent MOD authors, one of the most valued portions of our community, to populate and support our extensive MOD database. The Extensions Development Team will lower the learning curve for developers to get involved with the phpBB project by supporting their efforts and guiding them toward the successful release of extensions. The team will likewise produce and maintain officially-supported extensions.

The team was formed several months ago and began the process of initial setup and planning. The team is likewise working on “Board Rules”, the first official extension which will provide administrators with the ability to setup and configure a page of rules for the overall board or website.

You may have seen that a [3.1.x] Extensions in Development forum has been created on In this forum you will find further information about the current status and plans of this Board Rules extension.

We will be looking for supplement this team with additional members in the future. We would like to have a very diverse team in skill sets, whether they be PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, UI development, support, or others. Regardless of your experience level, you can get involved and help! If this sounds interesting to you, please do not hesitate to contact me with a private message.

We will look at popular MODs and MOD requests for phpBB 3.0 as well as the phpBB Ideas list to identify which extension ideas should be prioritized. We are looking forward to producing some fantastic extensions in the future and helping our community members build some fantastic extensions of their own!

We’re in Montréal!

Posted by Marshalrusty in Uncategorized on July 13th, 2013

After a great deal of travelling, some of us for as many as 36 hours, all 21 attendees arrived in Montréal. For the second year. the 16 team members who could make the event are joined by our Google Summer of Code students. Keeping with the spirit of phpBB’s global nature, our diverse group represents 9 different countries and speaks 12+ unique languages.

After welcoming each other and settling in at the hotel, we bonded over some food and drink at the arrival dinner. Talk quickly turned to all that we wanted to accomplish during the event, this year a full four days long.

Thursday marked the beginning of the first work day. From dawn till disk, we chipped away at the lists of items we had marked for completion. Some of highlights include:

  • Finishing a new template engine for phpBB 3.1 (Twig)
  • Preparing for the 3.0.12-RC1 release
  • Our Google Summer of Code Projects
  • MOD & Style Validation
  • Support Documentation Improvements
  • Website Improvements
  • New Forum Software Converters

Check back soon for more updates on our progress and lots more photos.



[Day 1 Progress Report] Appsterdam phpBB Hackathon

Posted by stevemaury in Uncategorized on November 10th, 2012

Appsterdam got off to a great start this morning as 17 team and community members met in Amsterdam to work on features and bug fixes for present and future versions of phpBB, the phpBB website, the Modifications and Styles databases, and systems for providing easier and more accessible ways for community involvement in the development process.
Some of the first day’s accomplishments were:

1.  Validation of many pending MODs and styles;
2.  Improvements to AutoMOD;
3.  Updated nearly 150 pending tracker tickets;
4.  Designed better functionality, navigation and layout for an improved Documentation system;
5.  Modernized the phpBB website;
6.  Development of a new notification system for PMs, subscriptions, new posts, etc. for version 3.1;
7.  Expansion and debugging of the search system for 3.1, which will also support Sphinx and Postgres backends;
8.  Worked on creation of a new “Idea Centre” for easier proposal of features and changes to phpBB by all members of the Community.
9.  Updating of a soft delete pull-request;
10. Revised existing documentation for version 3.1.
Contributing to these accomplishments were Arty, bantu, callumacrae, DavidIQ, Derky, Dhruv, EXreaction, igorw, Marc, Marshalrusty, MichaelC, naderman, nickvergessen, Paul, Raimon, stevemaury and tumba25.

phpBB London 2012 Community Meetup

Posted by MichaelC in Uncategorized on June 22nd, 2012

Following the success of last year’s meetup in Manchester, we decided to build up the tradition by holding another UK-based event, this time in London.

Meetups are a great way of putting faces to (user)names and getting to know the people behind the code. Quite a few phpBB team members and several community members were able to attend

We planned to assemble at 11:00 in a local Starbucks, but, in the true spirit of ambiguity, did not realize that there were actually five Starbucks locations on the same road. Not for nothing, however, are we experts in remote communication! Once the confusion was resolved, we congregated at Nandos for lunch and drinks.

Most of our time was spent taking pictures of others taking pictures of Bertie (for the masterpieces themselves, see the event topic). No London meetup is complete without a trip to the London Eye, however due to long queues and spontaneous developments of acrophobia, we instead opted for a cruise down the Thames to Tower Bridge. With our earlier failure still nagging at our egos, we decided to reattempt an excursion to Starbucks, which I am happy to report was successful.

So on it was to the evening venue, Bodeans. After being taken downstairs and presented with a massive two-course meal, courtesy of phpBB, a few of us even had space for pudding. Well fed, we took the opportunity to snap some group photos for the phpBB scrapbook. The night then ended for some, while pubs began for others.


Top: Bertie, of course. Left to Right: Raimon (Styles Team Leader), Derky (MOD Team), dellsystem (Website & Moderator Team), stickerboy (Ex-Styles & Moderator Team), nickvergessen (Development Team), ToonArmy (Development Team), Unknown Bliss (Website Team), Erik Frèrejean (Support Team), Paul (MOD Team) and Adrian (Community Member). Stickerboy’s girlfriend and noth (Community Member) also attended but do not appear in the above photo.

You can view more pictures here, here and here.

Announcing the phpBB Showcase

Posted by AdamR in Uncategorized with the tags , on March 19th, 2011

Millions of websites use phpBB to power their forums. These communities, ranging in size from just a few hundred to over 50 million posts, rely on phpBB’s efficiency, ease of use and level of customisability to provide a place for their users to come and talk about their unique interests, provide support for a line of products, or just have fun hanging out.

The phpBB Website Team is proud to announce the phpBB Showcase, a new section on the website which contains an assortment of unique forums throughout the internet which are powered by phpBB.

The showcase includes selections of forums which stand out to the phpBB Team. These include very large boards with hundreds of thousands of members and millions of posts, large enterprises and corporations using phpBB to power their forums, as well as other well-known open-source projects choosing to use phpBB.

While enjoying the showcase, we would like you to keep in mind that it is not intended to be a directory of phpBB forums on the internet, but rather a selection of forums across the internet which are, in a certain aspect, unique.

If there’s a forum powered by phpBB that you would like to see included in the showcase, we invite you to suggest a site. Sites are added on a case-by-case basis using the criteria above.

We will regularly amend the showcase with new boards as we are made aware of them. We look forward to showing off some of the cool things users have done with phpBB while building their impressive communities.


Posted by A_Jelly_Doughnut in Uncategorized with the tags on August 25th, 2010

Last week, some six dozen people, invited guests, interested users, and team members gathered in New York City’s Times Square to talk phpBB.

I’ll steal one of Douglas’s moments of zen from his concluding talk. He posed the question Why are you here?, and received responses such as the following:
- To dedicate some time to working on phpBB
- To meet the people with whom I work on a daily basis
- To reconnect with the community after a lengthy absence
(The complete set will be available in a few days when video of the talks is published)

One of my favorite stories came from a gentleman whose name I’ve forgotten who had used phpBB several years ago. When he heard that phpBB was looking at Symfony2 for the backbone of phpBB4, he decided to check phpBB out again.

In other ways, a personal gathering is a nice way to make decisions. From my (development) point of view, it was great to review an old bug, write a patch, and get feedback from five people in five minutes. Other team members probably have other examples to share.

A fair majority of the time was spent in informal gathering, whether at the capstone social event at Thalia (the menu is definitely worth a try) or in the hotel conference room working on our own little projects.
In the end, we ended up with a better idea of what everyone else is working on, a better understanding of Symfony and Doctrine (with multiple talks devoted to them), and new ideas created during conversation.

I’d be remiss without sending a kudo to Marshalrusty (a.k.a Yuriy Rusko) for taking care of the preliminary setup and planning.

OSCON 2010

Posted by Sam in Uncategorized with the tags , , , , , on July 28th, 2010

The O’Reilly Open Source Convention has been held annually since 1999, allowing students, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and professionals to attend informative sessions and tutorials as well as visit the expo hall and mingle with others holding a common technical interest. This year, for the first time ever, phpBB was among the exhibitors in the Expo Hall.

Left to Right: Yuriy, Nathan, Cullen, Sam

What we expected

Despite phpBB3′s fantastic security record, we expected to meet some attendees who were only familiar with phpBB2. Anticipating questions dealing with security, we came prepared with laminated placards displaying pie charts and details of all issues reported for the phpBB3 line – the flagship phpBB version for the past 3 years.

What we didn’t expect

Very few people asked about phpBB’s security and walked past the placards to ask us questions about features, bridges, future plans, etc. Many of the other Open Source project exhibitors visited our booth and expressed their warm feelings toward the project and positive experiences using the phpBB software. Rather than having to defend ourselves, we were instead answering interesting questions and tipping our hats to compliments.

New Beginnings

Of all the different questions we were asked, the most common was surprising, to say the least. Over the course of the two days, we heard “Does phpBB integrate with Drupal?” so often that we began keeping count. This sparked some internal discussion, and we visited the Drupal booth, which was conveniently located just around the corner from us. There is already a community developed Drupal module for integration with phpBB, but multiple reports suggested that it was unstable and poorly written. Its scores within the Drupal database suggest that it is largely unusable in a live environment, which was a huge shock to us. After the first night, we returned to our hotel room and began planning a new phpBB-maintained Drupal plugin. Work on this has already begun and more information will be available soon.

Some very popular open source projects were present at OSCON, and a number of them approached us about presenting at their upcoming events. We are, of course, very excited about these plans and will keep you updated on our upcoming speaking/presentation engagements either via this blog or on the board.

After the Expo

On Thursday evening, we attended an informal “Birds of a Feather” session. Organizer Douglas Bell (Webmacster87), Cullen Walsh (ckwalsh) and Lorelle VanFossen all spoke about running online communities. We later joined them for dinner at a local restaurant. server

Left to Right: Nathan, Yuriy, Lance, Cullen, Sam

The following day we joined the OSUOSL Open Bus Tour for a view of the Oregon State University campus and Open Source Lab. OSUOSL rented a wifi and power equipped bus for the 90 minute journey and we had a blast with the other attendees. You can see us with Lance from OSUOSL and the 2 servers (underneath the Berties) to the left.

We are very grateful to have such friends in the Open Source world.

What we took from this

We are glad to have met so many wonderful people at OSCON and look forward to maintaining the new bridges that have been formed. Speaking directly to phpBB users was a unique experience and we walk away with a better perspective of what the community expects from us. We will continue to improve over the next year and will be ready to address your updated concerns at next year’s event.

Please discuss this blog post in the phpBB OSCON 2010 topic in the Discussion Forum.

Please discuss this blog post in the phpBB OSCON 2010 topic in the Discussion Forum.

New Community Feature: Meet the Team

Posted by Brainy in Uncategorized with the tags , on July 16th, 2009

In an effort to increase our connections with the community at large, the phpBB Teams are glad to announce the creation of our newest community effort – a series of question and answer sessions entitled “Meet The Team”. This series is focused on helping you, the end user, learn a bit more about us, the programmers, supporters, moderators, and designers that help keep running smoothly and phpBB the most popular free bulletin board on the internet.

This series, with regular updates (depending on team member and question availability), will focus on asking team members the questions you want to know about them. These questions should not be directly phpBB-related (when does the next version of phpBB come out, etc.), but should instead be on a more personal note (what is your favourite ice cream flavour, favourite movie, most recent thing you purchases, etc.). We will try to answer every question you ask us, provided they have some genuine reasoning behind them, are not overly invasive of privacy, and that they are not directly phpBB-related (as above).

If you wish to contribute to the questions for the first portion of this series, please visit this phpBB Discussion topic. While you’re there, feel free to look over previously-asked questions and second them if you too would like to see them answered. Upon the completion of each portion of the series, a new topic will be posted to gather further questions for the next portion.

Thank you for your interest in getting to know the phpBB Teams — we hope to let you know a bit more about ourselves soon!

Q&A with the MOD Team

Posted by battye in Uncategorized on November 29th, 2008

Thank you to everyone that submitted a question to the MOD Team! Here are our favourite questions, with the answers attached below:

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