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Talkboard Forum 2

⚙ Version 2.2.2 — 2019

▻ Welcome

TBF2 is a PHP- and MySQL-based software which supplies a discussion board for everyone's website. It exists as of 2001 and has been developing since then. The forum comes at no extra charge and is open source. Two languages are supported, also allows free layout arrangement as far as possible and provides anything you expect from modern forum software; themed by its motto 'merge own ideas with best of other forums'.

The recent stable branch 2.2.x is shipped as of November 2015 and replace the older releases. This fixes bugs of course and brings some new stuff which were planned quite some time ago. On this webpage you can inform yourself about the project, its history, its requirements to the webserver and a little comparing list of its features. By using so called templates the layout of your forum can be modified. To do so, a new one can be created, but also one of the ready-made be used.

What would a software project be without support? Of course, you get that. Details are on the corresponding section. Don't let me keep you from looking around :)

▻ This is new

#43 — Talkboard Forum 2.2.1 (stable) released
⏲ September 2018

Three quiet years have passed until a small update of the forum became available. It´s codename is "Charon" named after the largest moon of Pluto and "New Horizons" is still flying through the outer solar system. The update has been driven by the changed privacy law regulations ("General Data Protection Regulation") in the European Union since May 2018. The TBF could have been run in a "privacy friendly" mode for a long time. Now it can be reduced furthermore. * The license has been changed to "GNU GPL Version 3 or later". This makes no difference to you as user. It is well-proven and I see no reason to stick to it by all means. * You can include the since 2.2.0 used font "Open Sans" from an external source into your stylesheet/css. Details can be found on the "Appearance" subpage in the top navigation panel. * Setting a valid e-mail address is now optional if the configuration allows this. Combined with other settings there are only a few collected personal data left. * Users can now use one-time passwords (TOTP) during their login. Suitable soft- or hardware is needed in the user´s possession to create the six digits long numbers. The used procedure is compatible to the two factor authentication (2FA) of large sites on the internet. * "Strong sessions" are now enabled by default on new installations. Existing can find it in "Configuration\Security Settings". This binds the IP address to the session on login. Every user can disable this independently, if he has changing IP addresses. No critical issues have been fixed as there are no known. However an update is recommended. You can find the package in the download area as usual. Advanced users can grab an unified diff file to preserve own changes to the source code. The files are signed cryptographically. Details can be found on the downloads page.

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▻ Careful glance

The Talkboard Forum 2.2 has the following requirements:

You can use the following options, if you want (needs more PHP modules):

It all began in January 2001. I was looking for a script language to improve my homepage with dynamic action. First I played a little bit with Perl, but by coincidence I finally found the open-source language PHP. All my programs were written in this. In March 2001 version 1.0 was finished and provided for download. But then it became quiet around this board, because I had focussed on other scripts. This was the time when the 'Archilles Scriptworld' was born and offered a broad variety of applications to the public. In early-winter 2001 TBF reached version 1.2 with bugfixing. At the beginning of 2002, I decided to rewrite it from scratch. This was just intended to be version 2, but I stayed in the 1.x branch to gain more experience. That decision turned out good later on. During the year 2002 it arrived at its final version 1.7.5, which was much more complex than the initial release. Many ideas were included and hours passed by. But unfortunately, I was not confident about this and started developing on the new version 2 in November 2002. In February 2005 it (finally) was completed and replaced the successful 1.x branch.

What is important to the Talkboard Forum:

The weaknesses of the Talkboard Forums:

▻ TBF on the go

For any version you can find different packages to download. I recommend the most recent one. New installations and upgrades are made with the 'Full Package'. They come in two flavours of compression - old ZIP and fresh LZMA ('7z'). Some versions have errors fixed after some time and are provided as "Update [Number]". These are simply copied over your existing installation. Advanced users can apply changes from one version to the successive by using a special tool¹ either on the server or their local machine. This can be done by a "Patch File".

All files have a so called hash. This is a long string of numbers and characters located at the corresponding version block. You can verify whether your download is correct. If just a little is not equal, your hash will be different from the one in the listing. I use the standard algorithm 'sha256' to calculate them. To help you verify you can look for a hint in your trustful search engine ('verify sha256 hash').

All files are digitally signed. If you grab my public PGP key you can verify the files for authenticity and integrity. This means they were not changed since the signature has been created. And the used key for that is in my possession. You can check the fingerprint to make yourself certain. To help you verify you can look for a hint in your trustful search engine ('verify gpg signature'). You can find the signatures in a detacted '.sig' file. Moreover it exists a file with all hashes which is also signed. Even the template files are included.

As of 2018 there will be a new keypair for the next years in order to replace the old one. A transition document has all details and was signed with both keys.

pub  rsa3328/0xA2360C8CD49BBD5E 2018-06-09 [C] [expires: 2028-06-06]
      Key fingerprint = 38EF 94F0 C94E 8063 FC2D  1C21 A236 0C8C D49B BD5E
uid                             Stefan Kühn <webmaster AT hasenharem DOT de>
uid                             Stefan Kühn <stefan AT hasenharem DOT de>
uid                             Talkboard Forum 2 (Encryption and File/Mail Signing)
                                            <support AT tbforum DOT hasenharem DOT de>
sub  rsa2048/0x1ADF2E5C6C4E2F95 2018-06-09 [S] [expires: 2023-06-08]
      Subkey fingerprint = 9122 2CDF CDB5 9ACD 3D8B  0867 1ADF 2E5C 6C4E 2F95
sub  rsa2048/0xD4CCBA0B9F9F6E3B 2018-06-09 [E] [expires: 2023-06-08]
      Subkey fingerprint = 52E4 CBDC C9C7 0ED3 FEF3  6B81 D4CC BA0B 9F9F 6E3B

¹ patch. A lot of linux distributions have it preinstalled. Windows ports are available, too.

Filter the list by version family:
09.09.2018 Charon (2.2.1)
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24.11.2015 Pluto (2.2.0)
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21.10.2011 Procyon (2.1.7)
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02.01.2010 Vega (2.1.6)
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15.01.2009 Beteigeuze (2.1.5)
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20.08.2008 Rigel (2.1.4)
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01.04.2008 Deneb (2.1.3)
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07.11.2007 Sirius (2.1.2)
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07.07.2007 Orion (2.1.1)
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04.04.2007 Polaris (2.1.0)
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22.05.2006 Hyperion (2.0.6)
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06.02.2006 Pegasus (2.0.5)
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16.09.2005 Minotaurus (2.0.4)
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14.07.2005 Juggernaut (2.0.3)
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24.05.2005 Leviathan (2.0.2)
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10.04.2005 Centurion (2.0.1)
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22.02.2005 Phoenix (2.0.0)
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▻ Templates

Please try the german version. It should be pretty strightforward even if do not understand this language. Basically you have to download the zip file to your corresponding forum version and have a look at the containing "readme.txt". New images should be copied to your "template/tbfV2" folder and the stylesheet/css has to be imported through the administatration panel "Configuration\Templates". I also have an image showing this procedure.

Since Version 2.2.1 you can include the font "Open Sans" from an external resource. Grab the zip file from the Open Sans Homepage and extract the containing "OpenSans-Regular.ttf" to your "usr"-Folder as "opensans-regular.ttf". In a second step you have to enable the font in your template stylesheet/css located on your administration panel. Take a look at the upper paragraph for details.

▻ Oracle

IMPORTANT: Please take note of the support scope of your TBF version.

If you speak german you can have a look at the archive of the old support forum. Or you use automatic translation. The most interesting one should be the "Häufig gestellte Fragen und Antworten (FAQ)" section. There is no direct search option but you can restrict your focus in common search engines by appending "" or "".

You can also get in touch by e-mail or have a look at the following tracker, if there is already an entry addressing your issue or an official bugreport is existing. My e-mail address is support at tbforum dot hasenharem dot de.

My support to this software comes without any charge and is voluntary! You have no claim of prompt reply. But you can be sure I read all requests and try to answer in my free time. If you like to donate something just make me an offer :)