I wanted to provide an update regarding this idea. I want you to know that I haven't forgotten about this, and have been noodling over it for quite awhile, and actually, for the past few weeks I had planned to launch a Featured phpBB of the Month as part of our upcoming website relaunch next week. However, I have changed my mind for a few reasons.
The reason that we do a MOD and Style of the Week each week is that we want to bring some attention to some of the more interesting MODs and Styles that are out there. Our primary
target audience for our podcast is administrators of phpBB-based boards (hence our various ACP tutorials, our Building a Successful Community series, etc.), and so we try to highlight MODs and Styles that administrators may find interesting. We don't have any significant standards for our MOD and Style picks--mainly we desire that they have been validated by a reputable site, and, in particular for styles, we look to see that the author has put in some amount of work in producing something that looks original and functional. The main reason our standards are so low is because we do this in our spare time and don't have much time to look for the best and brightest out there.
While there are certainly benefits to featuring a phpBB community each month, that brings up many different scenarios. The first being, how do you find them? There aren't sites that keep databases of phpBB communities the way that there are for MODs and Styles. Do you just go Google them, or do you make listeners submit places that they recommend? Googling them is quite time-consuming, and when listeners submit their recommendations, they often submit recommendations that they are already affiliated with, and then this turns into advertising. Furthermore, we would want to have high standards for communities that we would want to feature on phpBB Weekly, and I'm not sure where to set those standards.
Consequently, after much deliberation, I've decided that this will not be something that we will start doing in the near future. There are other folks that do feature various phpBB communities each month, such as phpBBHacks.com
, for example. Plus, we may consider doing a contest sometime in 2009 involving the best designed phpBB community or something like that.
Nevertheless, ozental, thank you for your suggestion. It was a great idea, and we spent a lot of time considering it.