What do you think of phpbb2 plus?
I am still on the look out for the best portal/articles solution for Nuxified.org, but also the best solution for having some cool features here without the major cost of maintanance that comes with having to maintain a big number of phpbb hacks through all the upgrades that will have to be done through time.
I've ultimately found a couple of options for article management. One is bitweaver which has a clean native phpbb integration and a way to migrate standalone phpbb to it. However, with bitweaver all articles would be separate from forums and even comments would not be actual forum posts. This may not seem like a bad thing at first, but after some thinking I've come to think that for a forum centered site like this it would be best for comments to articles to be actual forum posts, so that all discussions are basically forum centered.
That said, perfect thing would be having an "article view mode" for article posts. It would basically transform the look of a thread started by an article into an "article with comments" layout, but it should also have some nice options like print, send to friend or even export to pdf features... I think that would be perfect for us.
It has alot of hacks already preinstalled which basically transforms the original phpbb to a full featured community forum with a portal. Play a bit with those posts in there.. you'll see some nice feats. Note also those "print this topic" and "email this topic" buttons.
Also look at this. That's exactly what I'm talking about, a full article layout with comments displayed in usual comments layout, something I think people like to see more than a plain forum thread (though a forum thread view is still available).
Anyway, I'll be testing phpbb2 plus on my local server. It is fully possible to convert standalone forums we have here into this so that shouldn't be a problem.
I'd just like to hear your thoughts on this.