Recommend MySQL as the backside or something as simple as an excel spreadsheet for those with no access to something like MySQL.
I agree with Liz's original post, would be nice to see forum/bulletin board/message board software from coffeecup.
Simple Machines Forums are some of the best forums out there which you can get to using this link:
They are easy to set up, much more so than some of the rest, and are full featured and it's free to use. If you already have a server setup with a cPanel you can usually install them via that setup. If you're planning to setup using S-Drive for your hosting you would just need to find a place to host your forums to use this one.
There are a lot of free web based forums out there too that you wouldn't have to find a host for. Try a google search for Free Forums and I'm sure you'll come up with many of them. Good luck!
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