If I use the Drupal forum module (not the advanced forum module) to create a forum website (30 replies per page) and if the forum grew to a massive forum, will this module decrease the performance?

Drupal is caching the comments separately, will that going to be a problem?

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    Hi, I've removed the bit about asking for a list of pros and cons; that's not the sort of thing we deal with here as it'd difficult to keep responses objective
    – Clive
    May 22, 2014 at 11:53

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It depends on how 'massive' is your forum, what level of control you expect to have on the forum and how powerful and well configured is your server. There are Drupal forums with couple of hundred thousand users that work kind of fine, but if your main goal is to have a large and capable forum, you get much better performance and features out of specialized forum software like VB.

While Drupal forum provides rudimentary functionality, you will have hard times attaining many common specialized forum features like assigning different moderators to each forum, post thanks (which exists in D6 but not in D7), merging threads, banning users for certain amount of time, limiting posts/threads per day, and the list goes on and on.

The only pros that I can think of is integration to Drupal core, which makes sense only if you already have a Drupal site.


Try discourse, the best forum platform :).

If you don't mind running a server with a slightly different tech stack, its definitely worth it. Lots if interesting thoughts behind a great technology and a good team & community with a mission to repair the way forums work :).

There have been some attempts of integrating it with Drupal, I haven't followed for a while, but it is feasible.

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