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Many years ago user Chacmool (the original creator of popular PunBB mods such as the Private Message System and PunPoll) created a website listing some of the largest boards on the internet using PunBB 1.1 and 1.2. It was called PunBBig. You can see the original announcement here. There were not many big PunBB boards around at the time, and one of the biggest on his list had about 170,000 posts. After a while Chacmool kind of lost interest in maintaining it, and later the site went offline.
Now after the departure of Rickard Andersson from PunBB (the creator of PunBB), and the handover of the project to Informer Technologies (see PunBB History), the focus shifted to the newer PunBB 1.3 and 1.4 branches. Since PunRes contains mainly mods for PunBB 1.2, I was interested to see who still used this branch, and I set about creating a script to automatically collect stats of forums running PunBB 1.2. I was suprised to find that there are still many thousands of active boards around using PunBB 1.2, even though this branch is no longer supported by the new owners, and has not been updated for a few years. In fact, I found almost 300 boards with posts of more than 40,000, totalling more than 110 million posts in total! There is even one giant forum with about 25 million posts! I have added these stats to a "revived" version of PunBBig to PunRes, and it can be accessed from the top menu bar.
I have personally still be using PunBB 1.2 for my own forum projects, but a slightly modified version thereof, which includes a couple of extra needed features and fixes. I am today releasing this modified version as an unofficial update of the PunBB 1.2 branch. I have called it PunBB+, and it can be downloaded from the newly created Downloads section. In addition I have also release a French version, based on the official PunBB 1.2 French translation by PunBB.fr, and also a Russian version, which is a modified version of PunBB+, based on the Russian PunBB 1.2 version that was released by PunBB.ru, which includes UTF-8 support, and a couple of pre-installed mods and plugins.
Some other updates
I have also made a couple of smaller updates to PunRes recently:
• Added option to sort by release date and author when browsing projects and styles.
• Style "release date" is now also displayed when browsing styles.
• Made an improvement to the PunRes search tool.
I am glad to see this picking back up, I still use a brank of 1.2 on alot of my sites because it's easily to mod for what I need it to do. I am for one a supporter of punres
It's really awesome that you are continuing supporting and updating PunBB 1.2. Nice. I will watch PunBB+ and maybe use it on my own forum.
sorry for the off topic post, how can i contact you for an issue on punres.net?
glad to see your site back up.