Chat is one feature that will be coming. I'll use this as a "Whats to Come" thread. One thing to note I'll be integrating all the features below under one username and password.
Chat, but not just any chat. I'll either be installing a Jabber or IRC server. Both have chat and IM capability, the same as the chat you see for AIM or Yahoo except without all the annoyances. From what I'm reading at the very least Jabber can act as gateway for all the major IM/chat programs so you could login into to the nepadigital server and use it as a universal IM service.
Webcasting, I'll be adding a live radio show as was suggested during the summer. Possibly even a live video feed.
Mediawiki , this is the exact same software used by wikipedia. the only difference is you will have to be logged in to use it. I'll be using this for knowledgebase. I did install one in the spring but have since removed it but it will be returning.
File Gallery , this will be for albums and video. You'll be able to password protect albums or make them public. The password protection would be handy if for example you wanted to share some photos with your family and friends. This will have other features such as comments/rating/(and too many others to list) Basically its a forum for pictures.
Other smaller features, local weather, Google Maps, Business directory, .... Big long list, i may even add personal blogs.
Now I know some may be thinking "oh great, hes' going to make it more complicated" I know Greg will be thrilled.
However one of the great things about phpbb3 is you the user can make it whatever you want to some extent, all these features will be extra. The main page will be undergoing some drastic changes in the future but you may have noticed the breadcrumb link specifically for the anthracite forum. If you're not interested in these extended features you can just bookmark that and never see them. The Anthracite forum will stay relatively the same as it is now.
I'm hoping the new features will attract a wider audience and keep them here. The original idea behind this forum was just that, some of you may find this of interest from Oct 24, 2004.http://web.archive.org/web/200410241918 ... roads.com/
There was little interest then so it morphed into the anthracite forum and the biggest problem was not enough people but that has changed since then.