After many years of thinking that PHPBB2 was the only high quality forum. A need to research other options has come to light due to the ever present spammers allowed to roam free on our lovely Internet.
So during my research I decided to Google “forum matrix”. Low and behold someone has covered this topic down to the last tee.
The place to go if you want to set-up a forum/bulletin board for your website is http://www.forummatrix.org.
I am in no way saying that phpBB is not good, in fact it did me proud for a long-time and version 3 is due for release very soon. (after previewing the beta it looks as though it is maturing well).
SMF has a brilliant flash integration chat room, anti-spam plug-in, and all this works seamlessly. Its not only the most well presented, easy-to-use and administer, well documented and fun to setup – but it costs……… nothing at all !! You can’t beat that.
But if you want to compare just about every forum then go to the link above to view the forum matrix.
All the best