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    vB sold again... for the better or worse?

    Well, it's a merger not a sale...

    Internet Brands announcement

    When vB sold out to Internet Brands, the forum when to crap. They bloated it, upped the prices (and yes, there was a HUGE price hike, yeah, the license is a lifetime, but vB5 will be out next year, that's $300 a year if you are keeping things up to date). vB4 came out buggy, tech support went down hill...the list of complaints is really long. But what do you think the outcome will be with this merger?

    Better?

    Worse?

    Do you think it will effect your own communities?

    I know that 3.8 certainly effected mine, but for the better... I've paid for 4.x but have not put it on yet because I have a fear of bugs. I look to the future with nervous apprehension over this...
    My Homesteading blog is not worth reading
    My Magick site is not worth it's server space
    My Occult forum is likely something you'd not have an interest in
    My wife's Hedgewitch site is worth checking out though...

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    It looks like they converted from a public company to a private company again -- a reverse IPO. Probably vBulletin was a very small part of the decision. Looking at the overall deal, I cannot imagine how such a high valuation was justified.

    I had the opportunity to work with IPBoard recently and it's made good progress. It's a real competitor to vBulletin. Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal also have forum plugins which will put additional competitive pressure on vBulletin. vBulletin will either get better faster or it will see it's market dominance erode rapidly over the next few years. Probably it will be the latter.

    I can't upgrade to vB 4.x because of plugins we use which do not support 4.x -- and may never support 4.x. This could be a serious problem for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I can't upgrade to vB 4.x because of plugins we use which do not support 4.x -- and may never support 4.x. This could be a serious problem for us.
    Judging by the reviews of vB4 around here this might be a good thing

    Do we have a backup plan just in case, is it possible to move vb to IPBoard with a reasonable amount of effort and data loss?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DomainMagnate View Post
    Do we have a backup plan just in case, is it possible to move vb to IPBoard with a reasonable amount of effort and data loss?
    For NB, that leads to the same trouble -- our plugins don't run under IPBoard.
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    I regretted upgrading my forum to vb4. Its the lousiest forum software in the market right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1901gt View Post
    I regretted upgrading my forum to vb4. Its the lousiest forum software in the market right now.
    agreed. I hope new owners make it better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post

    I can't upgrade to vB 4.x because of plugins we use which do not support 4.x -- and may never support 4.x. This could be a serious problem for us.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aziz View Post
    agreed. I hope new owners make it better
    I fear for the worst...

    The price alone is rather a bit in the ass if ya ask me. Yes, yes, the 4.0 license if kept for more then a year ends up being cheaper, but sooooo what? vB5 is coming out next year... your license will NOT allow you to upgrade without paying!

    For those keeping 3.8, I fear for the worst as well... the way I see it, once 5.0 gets stable enough, they will EOL the 3.x series entirely...

    Though, lets just hope that they actually even keep vB alive, lol... if it's just a small part of the deal, I hope they do not feel its expendable.
    My Homesteading blog is not worth reading
    My Magick site is not worth it's server space
    My Occult forum is likely something you'd not have an interest in
    My wife's Hedgewitch site is worth checking out though...

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    Lol, I wouldn't even want to consider their CMS system. Simply sucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1901gt View Post
    Lol, I wouldn't even want to consider their CMS system. Simply sucks!
    What was so bad about it? I installed it on a test site and it seemed OK, but I did not get deeply into it.
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