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The top 10 open source forum/bulletin/discussion software

The forum software is needed to build a discussion platform. There are many forum software which can be get freely on internet. Here I am going to list out some of 10 best forum software which you can be able to put it on your website.

1. Discourse: Discourse is an open source Internet forum software application founded in 2013 by Jeff Atwood, Robin Ward, and Sam Saffron. Discourse received funding from First Round Capital and Greylock.[3]
From a usability perspective, Discourse breaks with existing forum software by including features recently popularized by large social networks, such as infinite scrolling, live updates, oneboxing, expanding links, and drag and drop attachments.[4] However, the stated goals of the project are social rather than technical, to improve online discussion quality through improved forum software.
The application is written in JavaScript and Ruby on Rails,[5] and is released under the GNU General Public License version 2. PostgreSQL is the supported database management system. It also uses the Ember.js framework . Discourse Demo


2. Askbot: Askbot is an - open source Q&A system, like StackOverflow, Yahoo Answers and some others. Askbot is based on code of CNPROG, originally created by Mike Chen and Sailing Cai and some code written for OSQA. Askbot Demo


3. Shapado: Shapado is a questions and answers site for your enterprise or community, your “knowledge base on the cloud”. It makes sure questions never get asked twice by making the information flow. Shapado Demo


4. OSQA: OSQA is a free, entry-level Q&A system from the makers of AnswerHub, the market-leading professional Q&A platform. OSQA is a great solution for smaller sites with limited needs. Professional users who want custom theming, advanced security, SSO integration or plugin support should look at AnswerHub instead. OSQA Demo


5. Question2Answer: A Q&A site helps your online community to share knowledge. People with questions get the answers they need. The community is enriched by commenting, voting, notifications, points and rankings. Question2Answer Demo
6. NodeBB: A better forum platform for the modern web.The next generation forum software that's free and easy to use. NodeBB Demo


6. PHPBB: phpBB is free and open source forum software that is easy to use, powerful, and highly customisable. Our community offers extensive support to end users. PHPBB Demo


7. Vanilla Forum: Vanilla is a powerfully simple discussion forum you can easily customize to make as unique as your community.Vanilla Forum  Demo


8. MyBB: MyBB is a free and open source, community-based forum software project run by volunteers. And while MyBB is free for you, running the project is not. Support the MyBB project in any way you can and we'll keep building the best forum software possible. MyBB  Demo


9. PunBB: PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. PunBB  Demo


10.  Simple Machine Forum: Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. SMF  Demo



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