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    Hi Mark and Laurie

    I'm afraid phpBB is out of the question. I will only run an asp.net forum for which I can get hold of the source code, and which support a Microsoft SQL Server back-end. This is not some kind of snobbery, but is pragmatic. I do not want to have to keep several sets of database tools, and I need the forum to be (a) modifyable by my staff and b) easily integratable (no such word, I know) into web solutions we develop.

    These reasons are why I went with dotnetbb in the first place. However, even though I own a source code licence, I do not have the source for the current version as the vendors did not supply an update with the last two releases. I have chased and chased and cannot even get a reply out of them.

    Google is my friend in this search and there are quite a few offerings out there. Many look great at first glance, but then when you ask for a list of sites using the software, you see a different story with very little take-up, which does not bode well for future support.

    The ideal scenario is if I can get the latest source for dotnetbb, at which point I will forget the vendors even exist and take responsibility for all changes from that point on.

    Regards Steve

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    Laurie: They all support subscribing to individual threads, some will list new post some will just give you a link. However I don't know if they have any options to send out digests, I'm guessing probably not, however it's ages since I've run a forum. I don't think any of them support posting by email, but I could be wrong and there is plenty of code out there that could be adapted for a forum.

    Steve: Fair enough, I just assumed that you'd have PHP and MySQL set up as standard and didn't actually realize you were using asp (really is quite obvious right enough :P) Being a linux user, I tend to avoid anything microsoft and don't have any experience with ASP so I'll leave it to your judgment

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    Search definitely better than before, but 'Last month' (the default) seems to never get any hits?

    Test scenario:

    a) click Search above at top right
    b) enter 'bmaa' in search field, press Enter
    --> nothing found
    c) change search to 'last year'
    --> Now plenty found, including many in last month.

    mfc

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    Mike - I think we can agree the search uses the well known 'pants' algorithm :-)

    Mark - I have nothing whatsoever against PHP or MySQL, just don't want to have to support mutltiple languages and databases. There's enough that can go wrong with a server already without adding complexity! Shame, in a way, as phpBB seems nice enough - but I wouldn't know where to begin on extending it's functionality.

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    Thanks for fixing the searcher, works for me!

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