A History of Beehive

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2005-02-15 Print this article Print

Beehive was started by a group of people who had a community on the Delphi message board system. Part of the attraction for these folks was Delphis frames-based interface and powerful forum features. Delphi at one point decided to charge for their software, and the folks that had their community on the Delphi system looked for existing alternatives to move their community to—unfortunately they couldnt find anything suitable. So they decided that it was time to create their own forum software. Thus Beehive was born and released to the world as a free and open source product under the GPL license. To date, Beehive has been overshadowed by phpBB and other forum software packages. We believe that time is now coming to a close as more people have become aware of the powerful feature sets and tools that Beehive has to offer.
Whats New in .5
Beehive has lots of new features in this release. Heres a quick breakdown of some of them:
  • Built-in emoticons, as well as an emoticon preview pane
  • Multiple forums running on the same server
  • Reply as a private message
  • Personal word filter
  • HTML toolbar in signature
  • Revised user controls
  • Users can move their own threads, ignore threads, etc.
  • Thread options can be accessed via the small dot to the left of the thread title in the thread frame.
  • Private message auto-pruning
  • Tabular polls
  • Spoiler tag to hide text that otherwise might give away stuff in messages about movies, books, TV, etc.
  • English language dictionary and built-in spell-check for messages
  • Advanced ignore functionality
There are a host of new features added to Beehive, more than we can list here. To see the full list, be sure to read the release.txt file that comes with Beehive. Overall, this release is really packed with great features, and well be taking a closer look at some of them below. Continued...

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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