I was wondering what you thought of PHPBB as a forum solution, as I have heard it is not the best software to use for a forum.
If you are talking about free forum software so I would agree that is none of the best. However there is SMF which can be considered as good one as well.
A friend of mine recently started a Forum with PHPBB and his main frustration in the beginning was spam. He had to fine tune quite a few things to ensure that he filters out as much spam as he can without making it difficult for existing members to post.
Right. Once you have found ways to deal with the spam and bots you do stand a chance. You need to be checking up on it regularly however so it is not one of those sites where you can go on holiday for a few weeks and when you return it is in the same condition. Good chance you won'g recognize it when you return because of the spam. Spam is also bad from the point of view that there may be members who don't like the spam and leave the Forum.phpbb its not bad forum software. you can say that software is light weight and simple forum software. i think its best for newbies webmasters who interested in making forums site.