Forums And Their Types: A Revisit

Reason for Revisit: Tapatalk replaced Invisionfree and boards were forced to change to Tapatalk if the owner was inactive. Tapatalk doesn’t look good and mobile compatibility is less than poor.

If the owner is active (like the Gang of Five forums [a Land Before Time forum; I’m active on there as RubberDucky]), the option was given to change to Zetaboards instead of Invisionfree, but sometimes that epically fails (check this thread for that saga) so they move to self-hosted custom forums instead.

Zetaboards looks better but the Gang Of Five admin decided to move to self-hosted forums instead as they are far more reliable. Yay! 😉 🙂


Cool Google trick!

If you copy and paste a search term and click I’m Feeling Lucky, it works (goes to the first search result)! This is because it doesn’t automatically go to the search results page. 😀

Forums And Their Types

vBulletin: Seems to be the worst (keyword is seems), since I tried to get an account on both Caverns of Blood Forums and Dreamviews Forums, and both have the same problem. When I enter my account info, it says the usual stuff, (no need for account verification though, which is good because… since it’s offtopic, see below), but then when I try to customize my profile and save changes, it says Permission denied, even when I log back out and log in again! But in the case of Dreamviews, it actually said Time-out when I tried to customize my profile after I clicked on Edit Profile (since the account name was there even though it said Permission denied), and logging out and logging back in worked! And, in Dreamviews, when I try to change my profile picture to something that is lower than the maximum amount, it says “Unable to save picture”. Don’t use vBulletin if you know what’s good for you.

ProBoards: Seems to be the best one so far (keyword is seems 😉 ), since you can create your own avatar using Flash, or choose your own, and there aren’t any problems that I experienced with it! The only problem is that it requires account verification. Proboards is used by the RKC Petz Forums. Even the search works somewhat well. The only problem I had was user error 😉

Invisionfree: See ProBoards (‘cept the user error part 😉 ). Some of the forums that use this are Re-Volt Live and Our Re-Volt Pub.

Forumotion: Also good. See ProBoards (again, other than the user error part 😉 ). Its advantage is that you can view forum profiles while being a guest. I forgot whether ProBoards allows you to do that, but the other two certainly don’t 😉 Junior Adventures Network and the Slums of Elwood Forums use this.

Custom Forums: Of course, the real winner is Custom Forums (if possible). If you make your own forums, you have full control over how to make something work, and when people complain about bugs, they can complain to you and you can fix it, unlike the others which are third-party.

Simple Chat: There are many chat services, but one has closed down and it was the one that hosted the Furb-o-Vision chat, so… 😉 Not the best option unless you maintain your site regularly and do backups of the chat. I know about Cbox, but I’m sure there are others that you might want to check out. I think simple chat is the best one if it works well, since you don’t have to sign up and you can talk about anything you like. It also is easy to implement. The only problem is you can’t search for a topic you talked about previously without going through pages and pages of archives.

So, simple chat and custom forums seem to win! Second is Forumotion, third is Proboards, third is Invisionfree, and fourth is vBulletin.

Don’t know about WordPress, though. Maybe custom WordPress allows chat? 😮 (Or you can just comment 😉 )

Oh BTW, since some of these forums don’t allow you to search without logging in (or don’t allow you to type less than 3 letters in you search query, or their search is generally bad), type this into Google: search query you want to type site:site you want to search in (no space; you can type,,, or even! 😉 ). Example: windows xp

(Offtopic Edit on Aug 4, 2017: Here’s why no account verification is good: At the time of writing this post, my Yahoo e-mail account wasn’t accessible since when I clicked Sign in, it said Server Error, try again later.  A few days later, it somehow worked again and I could sign in, but my point still stands; but I do understand why account verification is there; it’s to prevent spam along with CAPTCHA.)

In other news…

Pinkie and Odie are now 9 months old. 😀

Ruby, the 2 month old German (actually Indian) Spitz pup, is a vacuum cleaner. She likes to collect dust from around the house and try to chew on it. We have never failed so far at catching Ruby dust-mouthed. 😉 😛 She also loves to bite a lot, but that’s just because she’s teething, so it’s normal. We have been dissuading her from biting our hands (and other not allowed objects) though. Also, toilet training has been difficult; she keeps peeing in the cage (which is the same cage as Odie and Pinkie’s cage, but since Pinkie and Odie, the twins, are almost always outside now, and we don’t want to spend too much money…). Sometimes she pees in the right place though, so she’s making progress! 🙂 Also, Ruby plays tug-of-war sometimes with Odie and Pinkie.

I prefer WordPress over Wix. While Wix is still great (mostly for its customizing features), one problem is that you can’t open new tabs while using Wix sites. Instead, you have to click on a menu button and the page goes to a new page. You can’t middle-click, or right-click and click on Open New Tab, on these buttons. Also, the editor is a bit too laggy to use often, and I had overlaying issues with the logo since I had to make a separate background for the logo and sometimes the text wouldn’t show in front of the separate orange background.

See ya for now! 🙂

Coming Soon…

Coming soon: A guide on ponifying (modifying Arch Linux for bronies), general children’s games article (featuring ClueFinders, JumpStart, Reader Rabbit, My Personal Tutor…), my CDs article (featuring Kid Pix), a Zoo Tycoon 2 article, an article about abandoned projects, 😉 and a Neopets article, puppy pictures…

(And don’t worry, these things WILL come… 😉 ).

For now, I made a new site on! 😀 😉 Check it out here. 🙂

More Ticks, and a New Fanpage!

Suddenly, more ticks have arrived! We thought there’d be no more ticks! Fortunately, Odie and Pinkie itch where the ticks are, so my mother can remove them easily.

Also, we looked at pictures of Maltese puppies, and Pinkie and Odie look similar, and since the breeder (don’t buy from breeders, if you can! 😉 Hopefully we got lucky) said the pups are Lhasa Apso cross, we think they might be actually Lhasa Apso/Maltese cross! 😀 Since Maltese only come in white (sometimes with tan patches)… 😉

Also, a new fanpage, this time about Re-Volt, has been released. 😀

Odie vs. the Bed, & some new articles

Earlier this month, Odie learned to climb on the bed, and he now does it very often. Usually he gets down by himself or by people putting him down.

Also, sorry about not putting the promised photos: I got my camera back late last month (though the transfer cable wasn’t fixed yet), so I’ll put them someday… 😉

Also, some new articles have been released, and the first one released is about files and videos that are gone from the ‘net. 😉