We are using an open source program called phpBB to support the forum. This does lots of great things for us. First of all, open source software can be modified to meet our purposes. We aren’t stuck with the way the developers’ believe things should work. We also benefit from the thousands of other users’ experience and efforts in extending the basic software by developing code that adds features–called “mods” with phpBB–so the Forum does more and we don’t have to spend our hard-earned money paying for it. Since phpBB is also on an open license, we don’t have to pay for the software license, and even more important, all of the constant upgrades and support fees. And here is the real kicker: the most popular paid software is actually based on phpBB! So we get all of the good stuff, and we can put the money into better, faster hosting and things that make a difference for the users.
Like to talk Cougars? Be sure to check out the new forums added to this site.
The forum is run by and for Cougar enthusiasts. Our main focus is making this the best place for Cougar hobbyists, not advertisers. You have to be a bit of a web geek to fully understand what this means, but we think everyone will find the results speak for themselves.
Lets take a short tour of the new forums. Whether you are a forum newby, or a million post master, we think you will find a few things to like.