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Comments July 3, 2007

It’s starting… the first request for an updated MOD for phpBB3

Filed under: phpBB, phpBB Doctor — Dave Rathbun @ 4:17 pm CommentsComments (2) 

So, it has started. I have a watch flag set on all of my MOD topics at phpbb.com (naturally) and I got one the other day for the release topic for Page Permissions. When I visited the link, it was from someone who wanted to know if the MOD was going to be updated for phpBB3.

I told them that the answer currently was “No.”

If all of my virtual projects (finished and unfinished) were physical objects, I would probably not have room to live in my house. Yes, it’s that bad. :oops: I have projects that I am more passionate about, and they tend to get revisited from time to time. For example, the phpBB Doctor MOD Manager has not seen any coding time for over half a year. I have a paying client that has exhibited extraordinary patience with me while I finish his new site. And I have existing sites that are up and running that I need to keep tabs on. And I have just recently started doing something with a domain name that I first registered in May. Of 2002. :shock:

So yes, some projects take longer to germinate than others. But that’s okay.

Or at least I hope it is.

Anyway, one of the projects that I haven’t even started yet is to review / work with phpBB3. I have downloaded it and run the conversion script on my largest board, just to confirm that it would fail. (It did. No surprises, I have heavily modified that board.) But that’s about it. So the long and short of it is, I don’t believe that I will be doing anything with phpBB3 for at least a year.

You can check back next July and see if that’s still true. 8)


  1. Make sure you post the bug about the conversion ;)

    Comment by Esmond Poynton — July 5, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  2. It would hardly be fair. :-) The conversion failed because I have completely removed the PM system from this board. That means that columns were dropped from tables, and tables (the pm header and text) were completely dropped.

    The converter should work fine with extra columns, as they will simply be ignored. But missing columns present a bit of a problem. :-) I can hardly fault the developers for that.

    When I get ready to run the conversion on this board I will simply add the required columns and tables back. They will all be empty but that should not be an issue.

    Comment by dave.rathbun — July 5, 2007 @ 9:47 am

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