Forum Software LC?

Andre Garzia andre at
Mon Sep 18 14:52:27 EDT 2023

Just be aware that discord has horrible threading.

Never run your own stuff on the web unless you’re really sure what you’re doing (unless it is read-only stuff). Preventing SQL and Scripting injection is not a trivial thing to do and in that sense LiveCode and PHP are kinda the same. 

Doing a forum in LiveCode is a cool experience and will teach you a lot, but if you’re gonna do it, you will need to be prepared to get really good into other aspects of development beyond LiveCode. You’ll need a very good grasp of Web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JS. You will also need a good understanding of servers, protocols, and databases.

As Richard said, it is not an easy project.

> On 18 Sep 2023, at 18:57, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> Rick Harrison wrote:
>> Has anyone built Forum Software with LiveCode?
> There are a lot of PHP
>> ones, but I have yet to
> find one that was built with LiveCode.
> PHP is
>> hacked all the time, and I have found
> hacker bots that try to hack my
>> server all
> the time by exploiting holes in PHP.  They
> even try to install
>> PHP on my server so they
> can then use it to hack my server!
> I think
>> Forum Software built with LiveCode
> could be more secure, but I don’t
>> want to
> build it myself if someone has already
> created it.
> Suggestions?
> Don't build it yourself. It's a lot of work.  Software is almost always more affordable to buy than build, and most forum packages these days are FOSS and free of cost.
> Crafting the user experience alone would take months to do well.  And if you think security is lacking in established packages see what happens when you roll your own. ;)
> Use Discourse.  There are others, but Discourse is currently the go-to choice for new forums.  Great UX, open source.
> Another option that's become increasingly popular is to ditch hosting your own forum altogether and using Discord instead. Forums can be set up there for free, with native mobile apps available and rich APIs if you need to customize anything.
> --  
> Richard Gaskin
> Fourth World Systems
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