After the recent forums upgrade to phpBB3, the module used to fetch posts from them and place them on the front page
and what's new
was rendered inoperable. The developer of the software to do that had ceased work on it, alas, before the newest version of phpBB was released. I gather from the phpBB developer and support forums that mods are being created to do the same thing, but nothing so far that is really as useful as the deprecated software.
However, it was possible to cobble together some code to make a portal on the what's new
page and to add the latest posts on the front page
with the help of boffins who look at such things. Along with managing a session and gathering up data to display, there was the problem of how to handle bbcode, smilies, and the like. Once that was worked out, it became possible to restore the services that were lost during the forums upgrade.
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