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Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I announce that I cease all development and activity in the programming universe indefinitely. My career has reached the turning point I was not expecting for at least another year, leaving me highly off guard and without laid-out plans for this hobby's continuity. I have begun a 5-year residency program in Neurosurgery which is clearly not compatible, time-wise, with programming.

I gave in all my passion for developing, and you gave me back your loyalty and trust, even when I did not deserve that much. Now it is the time for payback. I release all my present and past work as Open Source software, in the hope some talented developer will continue maintaining and expanding my vision of a modern, sleek forum software. The intrinsic flexibility of MyBB is the true hidden gem of an otherwise outdated codebase; I do hope the project can continue and be updated complying to the latest coding standards.

I hereby thank Euan, kawaii, andrewjs18, Ben, Matt, Omar G., effone, Eric J., Devilshakerz, Wildcard, JordanMussi and all the other team members I have had the opportunity to work with when I was a MyBB team member. I thank Tomm M, my mentor, who inspired me to pick up coding with his piece-of-art plugins. And finally, I thank all of you MyBBoost subscribers who have helped me getting through my toughest university years economically.

Yours sincerely, Filippo

February board update: introducing featured content

7 Feb 2017
After a particularly long period of development pause due to personal commitments and life events, I am finally back on track with a lot of funky updates for MyBBoost and its users. You may have already noticed the most important among all the others, a new homepage with featured content is now available.

Featured content

The homepage is not just a landing page with a list of all plugins anymore. I felt like a bit of rejuvenating was necessary, and I guess I nailed it by displaying what engages people the most – CONTENT! It is really just an embryo concept at the moment, but the core is just waiting for frequent and ultimate touches which will hopefully make your stay on the site worthwhile, if not already. Featured content is picked up from releases, announcements and betas; whenever a thread (which is not more like a blog post) gets an update, it is brought back on top with the relevant post explaining changes highlighted in green. You just have to click on the post to read it all.

The uttermost trait the new homepage has – it is completely compatible with Endless! For more informations on Endless, read Infinite scrolling. On the other side, forums have been moved to the sidebar with a more compact version of the old style.

More frequent updates and tips

There is nothing better than a developer that communicates with people; I have realized I lack on proper communication with you, so I have decided to start writing down frequent posts, including board updates, tips and tricks focused on developing and managing boards and plugin releases of course. I pledge to release at least one monthly update and 1 news every 2 weeks, if personal life will not take over my spare time.

This also means some plugins might be released in a beta limited to subscribers in the near future.

Libraries update

Some libraries which power the site have been updated to their latest versions and should provide a more stable and pleasant navigation through MyBBoost. If you see something is wrong with the styling/functionality, please report the issue within the proper forum.

Development status

The communication effort just started: here's the current development status tracked down for every single plugin.


Endless has been running smoothly on MyBBoost for a while now. It has been recently updated with bug fixes and extensibility patches to let it work better with the new homepage. Not far from a beta release; currently misses attachments support.


Hovercards preview misses a proper backend implementation, which will include extreme customization by letting users choose whatever field is available in the users and userfields tables. It is not that hard, but it is indeed an extremely boring assignment. Not far from a beta release either though.


Flyover 2.4 is missing the step-by-step tutorial collection and minor changes. The latest version of HybridAuth is already in place. Again, creating a step-by-step guide is not particularly stimulant and I might release 1.3 without them soon, given it has not been updated for over a year.


MyChat preview is a big question mark at the current stages. Following the server change (MyBBoost has moved to a new hosting), some issues regarding the MySQL improvements made back in november 2016 suddenly awakened. Low query speed has proven to be utterly pesky, something I need to solve before diving back into features development. On the other hand, there are not many improvements left in the to-do list, except for a mandatory backend polishing. The plugin is not top priority anymore, as it is not closely related to what a forum needs to be.


ThunderBoard received fresh lymph with the nearly-stable beta 3 release. I need to find a way to shift core operations to a one-timer rather than the current implementation at runtime, and that's the biggest issue retaining the plugin into its beta status. I have been applying small but constant updates every now and then, therefore expect updates soon.


I have an update in mind for QuickReferences 1.2 which is already there, more or less, waiting for some personal tests on protected boards. The idea is quite simple: extend the plugin to reference forums and posts, not just threads. The syntax will inevitably change, and an issue regarding the conversion from the old one is currently on investigation.

Thank you!

I feel like a huge thank you to all the recent subscribers is mandatory. @NASA, @Smallo, @TekPK, @SmartialArtist, @Stay Frosty, @rkolbi, @TeamViz... you ROCK! Part of your contribution has gone into the new server, and the other part will go into my books for the next semester.
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Brenda 7 Feb 2017 Edited
Welcome back Shade. Thats some nice updates you made there, keep it up! :)

Btw, have you ever considered adding MyAlerts to Mybboost? I think it would be a great addition to such a modern site.
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Shade 7 Feb 2017
Thank you @Brenda! Yes, I have considered installing MyAlerts, but I need to write down an AJAX automatic updater and a dropdown, which is quite time-consuming. I will also install Moderation Alerts Pack 4.0.2 and a modified version of SimpleLikes in the future as well.
Dr.Jeet 7 Feb 2017
Nice to see you back with bang.
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Shade 7 Feb 2017 Edited

Liking posts

You can now show appreciation to posts using the heart-shaped like button on the bottom left of every others' post. It is a customized version of the awesome SimpleLikes by Euan T. Don't miss it!

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Brenda 8 Feb 2017
Can't see the heart button anywhere
Shade 8 Feb 2017
You should now, sorry. Damn you, permissions!
Tac 16 Feb 2017
Glad to see you're back :) I absolutely can't wait for the upcoming beta releases!

Also this: "I guess I nailed it by displaying what engages people the most – CONTENT!" Is exactly right. You nailed it here, and I am currently redesigning my board to promote content instead of boring old forum categories.
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Dr.Jeet 14 Mar 2017
How to make heart shape like.
can you give me class to add for it?
thank you.
Shade 14 Mar 2017
I use Ionicons, which is an open source project.