Staff discussions about software changes? To be blunt, no. I realize this format is not ideal for mobile devices. The forum software was designed for a desktop computer or laptop.
The forum was originally established on the ezBoard platform
in the early 2000s. As I understand, we were a spinoff from the original Clark's board. In May 2005 ezBoard was hacked and the glass forum was wiped out. Flytackle restarted the forum in June 2005. I took over as the site owner in 2007. ezBoard turned into Yuku and the operating costs kept increasing. In late 2011 we moved the forum to our own server space. Our yearly costs dropped over tenfold and the system reliability and stability improved considerably.
Our format reflects our origin running on bulletin board software. We use phpBB ver. 3.0.14
open source software. The posts and images live in MYSQL data bases. There are roughly 1/3 of a million posts made by 7200+ forum members. Our server space also hosts the Ultralight Flyfishing
forum running the same software. We chose phpBB software mainly because a functional migration path from Yuku existed. Admin had the skill the to perform the data base migrations. For what it is worth, our data base could not be transferred to Twitter or Facebook or similar social media platform.
Other bulletin board forum software exists, in particular vBulletin
. To use it, we would have to migrate to a new software platform. vBulletin would give us improved posting/editing tools. I'm not sure how much improvement we would see on mobile devices. I will look into it. However, I don't have the database skills to do the migration.
I am not opposed to improving the site. We are an internet antique. We have followed this basic style and format for nearly a decade. In the interim, most forum members have switched to site access via mobile devices. If you have specific ideas or skills to help improve our site, please let me know, either through a PM or a post to this thread.