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DoubleMessageBoard

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Features

DoubleMessageBoard recognizes a carriage return (line feed) and a tab.

It automatically makes a daughter board if an article contributed by a guest is long. While the daughter board accommodates the entire article, a short article of just a few lines is made by cutting the tail and is put on the mother board. This makes the mother board reasonably short and skipping uninteresting articles easy. If the entire article is short, on the other hand, the mother board can accommodate the full text. Therefore you do not click a link and find only "Hi!"

A message-board stuffed with too much data is slow to appear and slow to add a new message. If things come to the worst, cgi stalls in the middle of the operation leaving the broken message-board with fragments of data. To keep the board size small, "arch" DMB comes with a handy administrative page. You can delete unwanted articles and/or make archives for old but wanted articles. A link to the new archive page is automatically add to the message board.

If you run a site where you expect people of diverse interests congregate and sending comments of all sorts of length, but do not feel a big demand for an independent message board for each category or many of them simply do not fit in a category, take DoubleMessageBoard. I made them for you.

Question and Answer | See or test DMB in action | See the sample DoubleMessageBoard


DownLoad

Ten-odd different types are available now. SSI type and PHP type are also in. If none of them fits for your need, and if you are Mac O/S user, check out DMBWriter, an application writes customized message board script on behalf of you.

Source Code (arch DMB)

If you cannot download and open compressed files, or you just want to see the source code, check the CGI source (bbs_cgi.txt) for DMB (arch). To use it, change the name of CGI source from bbs_cgi.txt to bbs.cgi.

Setting up

Most probably you need to modify the cgi script. You make it fits your "server" and make it works. This is must. Or you want it works the way you like. And how much you can do depends on how much you already know. Therefore, I strongly recommend you identify your experience. If you;
  1. never made a homepage
  2. just finished your first homepage
  3. are an experienced user of a homepage authoring program (but no HTML knowledge)
  4. have some HTML knowledge
  5. know HTML in and out
click where applicable. I put different colors where you may make modification. And the colors indicate if the modification is must or optional, easy or difficult. Even if you are quite willing to learn, start from where you are now. GOOD LUCK!

Additionally, if you want to have more than one message board, you may need to remodel the script to some extent, too.


Maintenance

Having your own message board is just a beginning. You must slave for never ending maintenance. Though "arch" DoubleMessageBoard is made for easy maintenance work, it is not full automatic. You call the administrative page and check which one you want to delete and which one you want to move to archive. The cgi takes care of the rest.

See the sample administrative page.


Security tips

The "arch" DoubleMessageBoard has only minimum security measures - password protection. This is because I believe that a security measure known is the security measure compromised. Even if you do not care about security, you do change the password.

You can modify the cgi to ban specific access.

Further, it is a good idea that you read a book about internet security, have one or two additional security measures and keep your security measures secret.

Yet if you learn something from a hacker, the most frequently used technique to trespass is "social engineering." Be careful with your wording. Do not offend people.


Warranty

No warranty. (Saying so however, the most of case a software does not work is you do not know or misunderstand how it works. You may reasonably expect you visit my homepage, ask question and get answered.)

Links

Have you installed DoubleMessageBoard? Visit LazyLinksLimited and register your homepage. LazyLinksLimited is an automatic link page script also made by me.
DoubleMessageBoard (arch), Version 2
visitware (C) 1999-2001 B. Uchina, All rights reserved

about visitware

If you use this software, you want to visit my homepage http://www.visitware.com/sobaya/.

A visitware is a free of charge software in which visiting the author's homepage is the condition of usage. A user is obligated to visit the author's homepage at least once except he does not have internet access.

A visitware author registers his name (handle) with visitware.com. He is given free homepage space and assigned URL. URL will be http://www.visitware.com/author name/ in which the author's handle replaces "author name".

A third party can distribute or modify visitware as far as he follows "about visitware". He does not need to pay nor obtain an agreement from the author unless otherwise specified.

A party distributing visitware or a product based on it has to attach the full text of "about visitware" in which address of the homepage to visit is designated and claims and obligations of a user, a distributor, a rewriter or any other parties involved are specified.

The homepage of visitware.com is http://www.visitware.com/, please visit. For further information, please feel free to contact info@visitware.com.

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