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Using a generic forum has the following pros and cons:
It'll probably be easier in the long run to roll my own. And more educational.
EDIT: I would use a generic forum for a small site, but a larger site like ours is going to get regular spam attacks and a heck of a lot more posts, and I need to be able to get more hands-on with the inner workings. I can't afford to take a week to fix an immediate problem.
EDIT: In Matt's defense, he did update WWWBoard to fix security holes, though the script still only works for single boards and still looks ugly. I had to rewrite like half the code to add multi-board support, a better design, more elaborate error messages, and checking against lists of banned words and IPs. It was my first introduction to Perl.
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