I am wondering if there is any way to create a static link to a particular message (something along the lines of /index.php?action=message&msg=12345 or whatever)? I have read through the manual and didn't find any suggestions...
The reason I am asking is that we are moving the content of an old proprietary forum to miniBB at the moment. All old posts are going to be available as archives and for those archives we would like to keep as much old functionality as possible. The old forum allowed static links to messages as a mechanism of maintaining threads within topics; the mechanism was also often used by experienced users to create links inside their messages to other topics (possibly in other forums), old (sometimes really old) messages etc. I can think of some way of maintaining "thread information" in the archive by creating "textual links" inside message body, this will probably be enough as threaded messages are usually relatively close to each other within a topic. However this is not going to work for arbitrary links (e.g. to old messages or other topics) so a different solution is required.
And the reason I hope to get an answer is the little linked hash ("anchor") sign in the beginning of each miniBB message. First I thought the link to be a static one. Later I recognized it was just an anchor. By the way - consider this as a bug report - that to me completely defeats the purpose of the link. There is no point in linking to a message using this anchor link because, as a topic grows and the message moves to a different page, the link is going to stop working completely! (So I kind of implied that a static linking mechanism was intended but for some reason not yet implemented or disabled.)
Thanks in advance for your help. And, if the answer to my question is "definitely no", I am wondering if it is not too unethical to ask on this particular forum whether someone can point me to a different forum software that is:
- free (that is, free to obtain a basic version and runs on free software like PHP/mySQL); "almost free", say, under $50 license and no ongoing fees, will also be considered
- incorporates features supported by miniBB
- supports "static links" as discussed above
- ideally - supports message titles, other features will be considered a bonus
At the same time I would be more than happy to stay with miniBB since, as I have said, the only real concern is static links to messages. If in your opinion the last part of my message violates any written or unwritten rules feel free to edit it out.