some of stuff people are asking for - better RSS feeds, a new search engine, customizable display, display formatted for mobile devices, etc - might also be met, or easier met, by using another forum system. even if one of these systems doesn't immediately do what is wanted, there are of course mods available.
I really like how you don't have to enter a CAPTCHA each time you post here. the last time I used vBulletin I had to enter random case sensitive chars every time I posted.
There is probably a setting to limit that, but if a member is in good standing then It's nice to avoid it completely.
I have to question the feasibility of migrating to another forum application. What you need to remember is, there is a decade worth of usage and heavy loads at pretty much all times. As it stands it works well.
Just my opinion... being a Webmaster forum it makes sense to use proprietary apps, as discussed in other threads, this makes it safer than popular forum apps. Also, the lack of "friendly" (non developer) options to reply messages makes this forum a clean place, fast and makes people think what they write (most of the times).
I have to question it myself. A lot of what I'm seeing so far with regard to proposed changes will only, in my opinion of course, serve to move WW closer to mainstream. Why go that direction at all? This forum is unique. I'd like to see it stay that way.
I second that wholeheartedly !
Thirded, sometimes simplicity can be more effective, and it is one of the main reasons I use this site and why I think such good responses come from here, too many functions can put up barriers to speedy questions and responses.
I agree too! I think this would also enhance navigation around the forum :3
@Andyd273 that forum owner must have been pretty paranoid to put in a feature like that. This is not at all the part and parcel of vBulletin forum. Re-Captcha is only used during the registration process and for guest searches (if you want), apart from that, it does not requires you to do anything.
IPB is leading the roost right now with plenty of features, including mobile skins and a special app for iPhone!
Some of the features being requested here by members would be easily met by it and it would make the learning curve easier for new users, which is what I think Web Master World is trying to do.
I would LOVE to see WebmasterWorld migrate to IPB platform
The USP of this forum is excellent quality of discussion so i would keep coming back irrespective of the look, still i feel migrating to IPB would be incredibly awesome :)
Oh yes, I would NOT mind at all, seeing some ads on this forum, but pls don't make the ads super intrusive like those on DP
I think that the simplicity of current software, fast loading are main points.
I would like to keep the current software, or move to something which is very light same as here, i think with such number of visitors they may suffer before running it as a VB,dont know about IPB
current software is just fine. i am not sure how other two forum software may perform in the traffic Brett have on Webmasterworld. i guess it should have been tested before.
|Mr Bo Jangles|
I also think the current software is adequate, and obviously can hold up to the load. In addition, the staff or some of them can fix problems easily because they are so familiar with it by now.
It's not broken, don't make headaches for yourselves by making such a huge change as this.
I'd keep the design as is, feels like home.
I had to look up IPB - I knew Invision but not this abbreviation. Yes, I can see the benefits of using a mainstream product as long as we can live with the risk that someone will break it some day.
Something said in another thread and this one is part of the answer. As users we can ask for lots of features that would give the owner a lot of extra work. It's a tightrope balancing act keeping users happy while keeping the owner happy too.
One major disadvantage in using mainstream software is joining the never-ending list of hacked sites, and having to continually update software on the software writers update schedule.
I'd never recommend vBulletin due to the monumental amount of crawling and Duplicate Content issues within.
I sometimes find the WW user interface annoying compared to other interfaces, but I wouldn't consider it broken or in need of something as radical as implementing a totally different system. Maybe just enhancing the existing system would be sufficient.
Stick with BestBBS, but maybe modernise it a bit.
It is fast enough now, maybe you can sacrifice some performance in favour of eye candy. Everyone has broadband now, so speed is less of an issue than is once was at the beginning.
The puritans will insist that the site is about content rather than style, but the reality is that as consumers we are all accustommed these days to seeing a more visually pleasing layout.
I disagree with using the common BBS/Forum software. Maybe there are newer ones out there, but somehow WebmasterWorld in its current state is clear, simple and easy to use, if limited in a few cases. I mostly dislike the UI and flow of most of the commonly available systems, and having tried to integrate several into sites, you really have to fight to get them to do anything other than what they do out of the box. Again, maybe more modern apps do better, but phpBB, vBulletin, etc. are not flexible enough for what happens here that's good.
If anything, move to IPB. vBulletin is a sinking ship right now. They'll probably rebound in the future but right now things look bad. I regret purchasing a 4.0 license.
Honestly, though, I have no issues with the current forum software you guys use. Could look nicer but that's it.
Well they are finally waking up from their slumber and have planned a iPhone app and mobile skin for 4.1 and other changes as well.
I agree 4.0.x was bad and that was the primary reason I didn't shift to it, even though I have the Suit license. However it does seems that vBulletin is working to fix this.
Well if the decision is made to switch over to IPB, at least they will do it for $60. I am sure Brett could afford that. [invisionpower.com...]
(waiting for the <snip> and TOS reminder)