Is there such a thing anymore as Forums that use Flat Files and my sql or mysql. I would be interested to know.
I know this is most likely not the right forum for this post but I dunno where else to post and as you guys are always full of the best info I can gather from the internet I felt this was the best place to ask.
If you are looking for a flatfile forum, I would recommend http://www.discusware.com - it does not have great features but does the job nicely and works well for small-medium forums. One advantage of this software is that all pages are static and hence there is very minimal load on your server. Cgi is only used in searching, etc., The other huge advantage of this one is that all pages are also indexed by search engines because they are static. They also have a new version which stores the search queries in a mySQL database.
Also, just because a software uses mySQL database, it is not necessarily efficient than a flatfile system. It depends a lot on how the script was written. I have seen scripts using SQL databases which are server hogs and I have seen efficient flatfile systems. Not to mention, the load put on your server each time a SQL database is queried. Depends on your needs, small forums work fine with flatfile.