of AnyBoard & how to do it right
AnyBoard separates message data indexing/storage
and message presentation. Message data are stored in plain text files
or a database. Message presentation (html file) is generated from the
message index and data based on configurations of individual forums.
This separation allows you to configure and reconfigure a forum with
vastly different styles. When a forum is reconfigured, all html pages
can be regenerated. For instance, if you want to add a banner to the
message header and change the background, you can change the configuration,
and all existing and new messages will carry the banner; if you have
a board configured in wwwboard style, and you want to change to a different
one (such as threaded topics but inlined message text), just reconfigure
and regenerate the board.
AnyBoard is designed to be adaptable. Different
people have different preferences on the look & feel, people get
bored with one fixed look, AnyBoard lets you have the flexibility to
choose the styles you like and switch between them. In fact, many of
our customers are able to configure AnyBoard to look like their previous
board, so the users don't feel a sudden change.
AnyBoard is designed to be robust, it catches
almost every runtime error, such as "disk quota exceeded",
it has builtin recovery function to recover the board even after a web
server crash. It uses locks to protect critical data from concurrent
access by different users and handles deadlock situation gracefully.
AnyBoard has a rich set of control functions.
It can disallow misbehaving users by various means, such as automatic
ban after configurable number of violations, ban by IP, ban by domain,
by username (exact match in .kill file), by username pattern, by alias
(using persistent cookies). It allows you to control number of posts/uploads
a user can do per day, minimum time interval between two posts from
the same IP, disallow duplicate subjects in most recent 20 posts, it
can send alarm emails to admin if messages arrive too fast... It let't
you set different levels of policies, such as whether user needs to
login to read a message, whether they must have validated email address
to register, whether posts must be aproved first before showing up...
To see all these configurations, VIEW
CONFIGURATION OF THE SUPPORT FORUM
AnyBoard's capabilities are unsurpassed,
at least for now and in the near future, simply because of the level
of its sophistication and the engineering skill needed to implement
it. No other message board can match AnyBoard in terms of functionality
and ease of use.|
AnyBoard code is infinitely extensible,
just look at how quick we can add new features to it. It is an excellent
example of reusable and extensible software. With this extensibility,
AnyBoard can quickly adopt new ideas and technologies and continues
to be a viable product for the future.