I first found it on Hotscripts. At the time, I was scouring the net for a complete overview of the php/mysql offerings. miniBB was at or near it's inception at the time. I was just a beginner learning the ins and outs of installing scripts. I tried all the usual suspects in the open source forum game. as months went on I headed towards more and more bloated systems that eventually lead to massive CMS nuke style programs with 30 to 60 mysql tables and horrible loading times.
At the same time , I had my own domain name and webspace for a few years and when we tired of experimenting with EZBoard I came looking for a simple, clean, fast forum that I could modify to suit my own needs.
I had matured to the point that we could actually appreciate the beauty of MiniBB's simplicity and by that time , miniBB had matured as well.
At just the right moment, I received an email regarding miniBB's reaching version 1.6 status.
I came over here, downloaded it, installed a few hacks, fell in love, and canceled my EZ_board within days.
My member base is small but loyal and the EZ_board posts had dwindled to 2 or three a day, then 2 or three a week. It was bad.
Once I installed miniBB, I emailed my friends about the new script and it was a breath of fresh air. They loved it, the Speed, Simplicity, and unique front page post displays made it an instant hit.
we're averaging 800 posts a month. Not bad for a handfull of regulars who might have just disappeared forever if not for miniBB !!!