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libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

I wonder how I missed these great forum software before; MercuryBoard and QuickSilver. They tend to feel alot like phpbb, but from what they say are completely rewritten which means there is a good chance the code is much cleaner than in phpbb, and more standards compliant.

In fact, QuickSilver generates clean and compliant XHTML 1.1 code on both index page and topic view pages, which is I must say quite impressive for any dynamic CMS such as forums. I am aware that it depends alot on the theme used, but in some cases the CMS, such as phpbb, forces the use of noncompliant stuff.

Another great improvement of mercury board and quicksilver (which is based on mercury) is that it goes a step further in modding. Finally you are able to just download the mod file and put it in a "modlets" directory. After that you only need to execute some SQL commands using the provided admin panel (if sql is even needed for the given mod) and that's it. I imagine something like that would be so much easier to maintain.

Anyway, it's quite intriguing, and gives me hope that there is actually a good, standards compliant and modern alternative to phpbb out there, that is also fully featured.

You can check the forums out by testing it in their (oddly named) spam forum.

You're welcome to post what you think of it.


a thing's picture
Joined: 2005-12-20

Not only that, but Quicksilver produces tiny pages, which means less bandwidth. New topics are only 3.3KB!

I like Quicksilver more than MercuryBoard because it uses less JavaScript. Plus it produces human-readable code, without ten attributes for every element, in case you need to hunt down something strange.

supermike's picture
Joined: 2006-02-17

a_thing: Loved it! Quicksilver was right for me.

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

Yes, I prefer quicksilver as well.

Now I really regret I didn't know about it when we were switching from phpbb to phpbb+

It already has some of the features that were brought with plus built in, and others would probably be easily modded in with modlets.

But I wont rush into upgrades this time, after such a short while.. Maybe it's better to test it out localy, from conversion to modding it to our needs. I might create a quicksilver powered all on my local computer and see how it goes, and if it goes great.. well.. maybe we're in for third luck? Eye


AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18

Can not say that I like the quicksilver one very much at all.
I dont know what it is, its a kind of overpowering look, live vB realtly...
Just my opinion!

No demo of the Mercury one?

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

Here the mercury test forum.

To me it seems more like a middle between phpbb look and vB look, though I really think it's more like phpbb.

Maybe you just don't like the theme of the forums on their site, but that can be changed.
I also think it's way less bloated than vB.

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