Topic: First round, small things
Ok, I'll do a first pass on the beta, testing from scratch. I was going to open a thread per item, but it might be too much for simple things.
Note: PHP 5.2.5, MySQL 5.0.44, Apache 1.3.x, FF 220.127.116.11 Win32
Install part 1: for English impaired, it would be nice to have at install a language selection (if the appropriate lang packs are uploaded).
Install part 1: ?More information regarding support for particular versions of each database can be found in the FAQ?, "FAQ" should be a link to the FAQ.
Install part 1: Line 125, Column 18 in HTML: reference to non-existent ID "fld6".
Install part 1: ?Administrator's username: Enter the username of the forum administrator. Usernames can be between 2 and 25 characters long.? Should precise that any unicode utf-8 character is ok.
Install part 1: ?Administrator's password: Enter then re-enter the forum administrator's password. Passwords must be at least 4 characters long and are case sensitive.? same as above, and should specify the maximum length. A warning about security (choosing unique, random, difficult, password) might be useful for beginners.
Install part 1: base url : for some reason, on my setup, the auto detect always add the trailing slash (always has since the early commits of 1.3). Why not do a simple check to see if there is a trailing slash, and if so strip it?
install part 1: maybe the install should say something about database collate? It doesn't seem to set it up itself, so a reminder to the webmaster to set it correctly would be nice.
Profile / avatar: the Upload file field is ?(Required)? yes, but the first impression is that it's the avatar that's required by itself.
Footer: there's always a [ Generated in 0.025 seconds, 8 queries executed ]-like string in the footer. I didn't find any setting to turn it off. Is it specific to the beta, or do you intend to have it on all boards?
Powered by: the ?Powered by PunBB? on the top right of the page, is that really, really, necessary? It should be easy to edit out, but why put it in? And it's even the first content in the source...
XML feed: on forum view and on thread view, the ?Atom Feed RSS feed? string is a bit prominent. Don't get me wrong it's a very useful tool, but let's face it, most people don't know what this is, and don't want to know. Why not two small, discreet, icons (since you already use an image)?
Forum title: in <div id="pun-title">, isn't a link to the forum home. I think most people would expect it to be.
Clean URL, folder based scheme: like (not same as, but close) before the rewrite was done in PHP, multiple sub folder doesn't work for me. /admin/options/registration/ doesn't work, while /admin/censoring/ does. If someone can confirm it works fine on a vanilla Apache 1.3, then it's my host setup (I'm not using my own box for this test).
Admin, feature: ?User has posted ? option could be checked by default, couldn't it? It's nice to have, and if someone has high load he will look by himself for things to tune, more likely than the other way around.
All external window (such a BBcode help, and so on) open in a new tab and not in a popup. Strange, while for example the Textpattern admin ones do. I'll get you the code tomorrow, since I was the one asking for this in the first place