About Simple Machines Forum
Who are we?
SMF can trace its roots all the way back to a perl-powered message board called YaBB. After a while, demand for a php-coded version of YaBB grew, which led to the development of YaBBSE. While YaBBSE was growing, there were certain aspects of it that a group felt needed further improvement and reworking. The decision of that group was that it would be best to separate these planned improvements from the core of YaBBSE because they represented substantial changes away from the original YaBB design and the YaBBSE core; the new developers felt that it was best to start from scratch. It was at this time that SMF started being developed. On September 29th, 2003, the first beta of SMF was released to Charter Members - SMF 1.0 Beta 1. While this was a huge milestone for SMF, only Charter Members had access to it and it was not until March 10, 2004 that SMF made its debut with the first public SMF release.
The people behind SMF are a diverse group of individuals who, in their free time, help make SMF what it is today, and help SMF take strides into the future. Many different skills are expressed within several teams, including customization, development, documentation, internationalization, support, project support, and marketing. Each team works together to help SMF grow and reach its full potential. We are people, just like you, who put our efforts into SMF, driven by passion we have for the software. For a listing of all the team members who have helped put together the latest release of SMF, see the team page.
SMF strives to improve with every release. Active discussions amongst the team are always happening to plan the future of SMF. In the coming months and years, you can expect SMF to become even more user-friendly, offer better and quicker support, and much more. This is just the beginning for SMF; expect the building blocks of SMF and the community to be expanded, but to keep to the original goal: Simple, elegant, powerful, and free.