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Please take a look at the several options listed in the following link:

http://www.allwebdesignresources.com/webdesignblogs/graphics/best-software-to-create-a-social-networking-community-with-cms-software/

I am keen on the idea of "open source platforms" (such as Drupal and Elgg), but I am not sure which one is best and why.

I am not so keen on the idea of a "Licensed" packaged software (a COTS) that, irrespective of the alleged claim of full flexibility offered by the Software House (such as Social Engine), would, in reality, limit my flexibility at an annual cost.

Has anyone had any previous experience with any of the listed softwares? If yes, any feedback on their respective Pros and Cons will be much appreciated.

Many tks!

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web2py is a framework in python, not a CMS. But it's the best choice, IMHO –  sdemingo Mar 29 '11 at 14:59
    
Best as measured by what: Range of functionality, number of developers familiar with the platform, developers that work on the platform, overall dollar cost on the project, or something else? –  JB King Mar 29 '11 at 15:55

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Drupal is probably the most flexible. It can be used to create any type of web app, it has a great community, and it's scalable. Some of the other solutions geared towards social networks might be easier to get setup out of the box, but I'm not sure how expandable they are.

It's also free!

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