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Re: Conversion to phpBB

Post by Ash » Mon July 13th, 2015, 2:11 pm

MLE (Emily Cotton) wrote:i always used to click the 'new posts' line when I open the forum. Where is the equivalent on this board?
use quick links on the upper left side (I had the same question, got the answer from Fred!)

Everything looks good! Guess chicken little (aka ash) was wrong :)

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Re: Conversion to phpBB

Post by Rowan » Tue July 14th, 2015, 9:58 pm

What prompted the move, anyway?

That's interesting... lol

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Re: Conversion to phpBB

Post by FredQ » Fri July 17th, 2015, 8:16 am

Rowan wrote:What prompted the move, anyway?
For the main reasons:
  • The version of vBulletin that was installed had serious security flaws allowing a user to be validated without the intervention of an administrator, which would ultimately end up by the board being flooded by spam.
  • The newer versions of vBulletin are quite expensive, and the users don't seem to be very happy with them. The version we had, version 3, was apparently their best.
  • It was quite difficult to use the board using a tablet or a smartphone
  • vBulletin is commercial, so we can't change its behaviour. phpBB is open-source, so it is possible to develop some new modules, like a book rating system, etc.

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