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Reviving 20 year old web forum software

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https://virtuallyfun.com/wordpress/2019/07/21/reviving-20-year-old-web-forum-software/

What makes you nostalgic? I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s definitely early 2000s web forums. Names like vBulletin, UltimateBB, phpBB, YaBB, IkonBoard, … bring a smile to my face. Thus, I figured it would be time to revisit the oldest vBulletin I could get my hands on. As it turns out, vBulletin used to offer “vBulletin Lite” back in the year 2000, which is a version of vBulletin 1.x stripped down so much, it almost stops being vBulletin.

They even have an instance up at https://vbulletin.virtuallyfun.com/, though it isn’t currently accepting posts:

Database error in vBulletin Lite: Invalid SQL: INSERT INTO thread (threadid,title,lastpost,forumid,replycount,postusername,dateline) VALUES (NULL,'Your forums are dope!',1563906303,1,0,'maiki',1563906303) mysql error: Field 'threadindex' doesn't have a default value mysql error number: 1364 Date: Tuesday 23rd 2019f July 2019 02:25:03 PM Script: /newthread.php Referer: https://vbulletin.virtuallyfun.com/newthread.php?action=newthread&forumid=1

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EGBT ran vBulletin, a place I spent a lot of time, and while I personally believe that software to be crap, forums obviously played an essential part of my development. :slight_smile:

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