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  • 3,774 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 64,709 Total Downloads
  • Updated 09/09/2014
  • Created 07/10/2009
  • 125 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: MessageBoard 2.01
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About MessageBoard


A guild-wide forum, similar to web-based discussion-sites. The difference is that this is a 100% in-game WoW addon. It does not need a web-server, or a server-character that is always logged in, or external software, or anything special.

It is often difficult to get guildies to log in to the web-site to check messages. It's usually only the "hardcore" people that bother on a regular basis. This addon will help you. It requires no technical skills at all, beyond the ability to use a simple forum. Just install and play.


You need to:
- install the addon
- be a member of a guild
- have an administrator create rank permissions and categories
- set an admin by adding #MB:A to officer or player note


- To open MessageBoard, press the minimap icon.
- Hover the mouse over the minimap icon for positioning-help.


- Notification of new posts.
- Search Feature.
- Officer Only Categories.
- Password Encryption of Category Posts.
- Supports announcements, sticky topics, normal topics, voting polls, and locked topics.
- Users can set an avatar.
- Administrators can be assigned by officer's or player's note.
- The text-editor supports inserting item,spell,http links.
- Quoting of posts during replies.
- The database size is regulated by automatic pruning, by means of post-count.

Please note

It is easy to forget that you are not using a regular forum, but it's all within the limits of the WoW game. This means that when you log in, you must allow MessageBoard 2 to 3 minutes to update data. The time will vary dependent on several factors. But the more posts, the slower it updates. The addons talk to one another, so the more people in the guild that have the addon, the better.


An administrator is needed to set MessageBoard options, like message-limit for database pruning (auto-removal of old posts), category names, and permissions. The admin can also edit, delete, and lock any post. An administrator is assigned by typing "#MB:A" (without quotes) in the officer's or player's note in the WoW guild-roster. He or she will also need access to read the officer's note (in the WoW guild-roster rank settings) for the addon to be able to read it. Write-permission is not needed.

[fixed] Fixed nil compare error in menu.lua

[added] MessageBoard now has a bigger window.
[added] You can now have up to 9 categories.
[added] New Warlords of Draenor background option.
[fixed] Cross-realm posts should be working correctly on realms with spaces. (ie Kul tiras)
[added] More category icons.
[added] How-to text on first run.
[added] Save/Load Draft on post editor.
[added] Admins can now delete topics from the topic list.
[changed] Changed up the UI a bit.
[changed] Database format has changed. Won't work with previous versions. Save any posts you want to keep before upgrading.
[changed] Syncing posts is much faster than previous versions.

[fixed] Call Ambiguate() on all guild names for servers with spaces, hyphens, etc. Fixes Admin button not showing up.

[fixed] Bad argument #1 to 'strlen' (string expected, got nil) error in Messageboard.lua
[fixed] Attempt to concatenate local 'count' (a nil value) error in ldb.lua
[fixed] Ambiguate() on version check sender.
[changed] No longer need all 6 categories to function. Must have at least one to function.
[possibly fixed] Ambiguate() on CHAT_MSG_ADDON sender for connected realms. Untested. Let me know if it fixes connected realm syncing.

[fixed] Add some cleanup code to get rid of old erroneous entries in the database. Should fix messages that won't open.

[changed[ Changed the way the minimap button works. Yellow means new posts. Dark means none. Hover for a new post count.
[added] Added LibDataBroker functionality. Shows count of new posts and icon.
[added] Option to turn off minimap icon in options window.
[added] Button to check guild member versions in options window. (Admins Only)
[fixed] Version checker showing <name-realm> in addition to <name>
[notes] MessageBoard versions will only communicate with like versions.

[fixed] Quick fix for GetGuildRosterInfo returning player name and realm name.

[fixed] Avatar selection scrolling.
[changed] Increased size of avatar selection window.

[fixed] Localization Error - thanks Dridzt

[updated] TOC Bump

[updated] TOC Bump
[updated] Russian Localization

[changed] Changed Fonts\FRIZQT.TTF to STANDARD_TEXT_FONT to fix locales.

[changed] Replaced StaticPopupDialog with LibDialog to further reduce taint.

[fixed] A few more tweaks to try to prevent the raid frame taint.
[added] Partial Russian Translation. Translations are maintained at

[changed] Names of categories will wrap at more than 12 characters to accommodate the new post notification
[changed] Changed uidropdowns to libdropdown and PopupDialogBox indexes to prevent taint (thanks to Dridzt for the code!)
[fixed] A Few typos (thanks Dridzt)
[fixed] Deleted posts still showing as unread should be fixed
[fixed] bad argument #2 to 'match' should be fixed.
[added] Localization via AceLocale. Translations are maintained at Please report any missing localization strings. Thanks.

[changed] TOC Update
[fixed] Minimap Button Issue

[fixed] Auto cleanup system added to repair corrupted databases
[fixed] Quote on reply disabled option causing issue with editing posts
[fixed] Editing text in a Voting/Poll causing post to revert to a normal post

[fixed] Fixed bug causing some users to report blank topics
[added] Forgot to include AceConsole
[added] Visual Indication of unread topics on category buttons (display may change in future versions)
[removed] MessageBoard 1.10 and lower database conversion code

[fixed] Deleted topics/posts not syncing
[fixed] Database sync hanging (hopefully)
[fixed] 'Table index is nil' error
[changed] Version checker UI. (/mb ver). Will not check for previous versions, only 1.15 and forward. Previous versions will show as not having the addon.
[changed] This version of MessageBoard will not communicate with any previous versions due to prior bugs.
[future] Database Conversion code from versions prior to 1.11 will be removed, so please update if you haven't.

[fixed] Bug with topic titles containing quotes
[fixed] Bad argument #1 to pairs error

[fixed] Green Bars on Topic names
[fixed] Bug with topic titles containing ">" or "<"
[changed] TOC Update
[changed] Tweak startup code for Admins converting old databases

[fixed] Bug in converting old database
[changed] Version display code (mb /ver)

[changed] Database Structure - faster.
[changed] Post editor scrolls down automatically when reaching bottom.
[changed] Buttons at the bottom of posts are now centered.
[changed] Moved Options to separate window.
[changed] Minimap Icon now displays number of unread topics.
[changed] Guild Tabard Icon in top left instead of mug.
[fixed] Many bugs.
[fixed] Button glitch on long posts.
[fixed] Correct color after http, item, spell links.
[new] Background Options.
[new] More avatar icons.
[new] Voting Polls.
[new] Admin can change category icons.
[new] Guild Tabard Icon on Post Editor
[removed] Toast notification placement option. Use "Toaster" Addon to customize toast window.
[future] Cross-Guild support coming soon.


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  • #378

    Great Addon - It is currently in BETA phase testing in my guild for our guild patch 5.0 (Long story don't ask:P) (that will come live when game patch 6.0) comes out.

    But is there any plans in the future to add a fuction for changing the fonts or to add color to stuff or resize the text via the ingame color picker and such?

    Did I mention I love this addon? The guildies that are testing it atm love it and they keep posting and it makes the social aspect of the game more fun, plus don't have to bother too mucb about alt tabbing to check news on the site etc.

  • #377

    Great addon. I been using it now for a couple of months. I am currently having an issue since downloading 2.0. As someone else mentioned it is not showing all my ranks. Currently the lowest rank cannot see anything on the message board and there is no option for me to set their premisiion. As for the suggestion of making the admin code only in officers note, I have to disagree. It is easy enough to turn off the rights to anyone in the guild to edit notes for either public or officer. When using other addons that uses notes such as epgp it only works in the officer notes and cannot have anything else in there other than the points. So making it so it only works in officer notes will be not so good.

  • #376

    pls make it officer's note only

  • #375

    also not all my guild rank are showing on the rank page

  • #372

    I dont like that anyone that adds #MB:A to there note can delete topic somkeone get mad and get delete everything need to make it so only the GM and delete topic or make it so only officer note can have #MB:A and work

  • #373

    Also be nice if there was a conferm delete pop up

  • #365

    New version up shortly. Uses a new database format, so save any old posts you want to keep before upgrading!

  • #369

    How can I save old posts?

  • #374
    Quote from devilhoy »

    Well, I really mean just copy and paste, or write down anything very important you want to keep. There's no way to reimport the data, as it uses a new faster format.

    Oh shit, there are many important data...^^

    I've found a MessageBoard.lua in Account/.../SavedVariables, am I right that this Lua is the Databse with the Text from the MessageBoard?
    If so, I have a Backup. :-)

    Last edited by GrimPala on 9/5/2014 11:47:58 AM
  • #370

    Well, I really mean just copy and paste, or write down anything very important you want to keep. There's no way to reimport the data, as it uses a new faster format.

  • #363

    I seem to have trouble with MessageBoard Version 1.19.4 on my MacBook Pro 2014.

    I installed it and it worked just fine for the first couple of weeks, then I wasn't able to edit my posts, even with #MB:A in my officer notes (I am one of the officers and I can read/write officer notes).

    My first attempt in troubleshooting was to log out, quit WoW and, then go start them all up again. I checked MB, and I was still not able to edit my posts and most of the posts went away. I asked multiple members in my guild, and they said everything is fine on their end and they are able to edit their posts.

    My second attempt was to quit WoW and Battle.Net altogether, delete cache from WoW folder. Then logged back in. Same issue.

    My third attempt was to quit WoW and Battle.Net, delete cache from WoW folder, delete MB from addons folder, and perform a clean install of MB. Still same issue. As I logged back in, I was notified that there are new posts, but I cannot see them.

    I don't know what to do. Can you please help out?

  • #367

    Try version 2.0 and see if that helps.

  • #360

    Keep's saying 'Syncing forum settings and posts' for a very long time and no change. I saw quite a lot of comments about this problem below, but everyone just ignores it. I'm on server Goldrinn (EU)

  • #361
    Quote from Skripach0110 »

    Keep's saying 'Syncing forum settings and posts' for a very long time and no change. I saw quite a lot of comments about this problem below, but everyone just ignores it. I'm on server Goldrinn (EU)

    To solve this problem you need to read the addon description. The solution is: You need to put "#MB:A" (without quotes) in the officer's or player's note in the WoW guild-roster. When you succeed to do so, you will be able to setup the message board, add categories and everything.

  • #368

    Yes, this. I've added a helpful reminder about this on the MessageBoard start screen the first time you load it.

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