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We're looking at possibly updating the forum software given its (8+ year) age and lack of new features. That would mean moving the following features:

 

- VBGarage

- iTrader

- Reviews

 

There would be similar features in any new software we choose, as I think those features are important, but any information in these add ons today are not able to be moved to any new software. Those apps are no longer maintained and haven't been in years.

 

I think there are a few options, please vote in the poll and/or leave thoughts. You all are here way more on a daily basis than I am. I am interested in overhauling the site for the next 5 years though.

 

1) Do nothing, you love the site and features it already has.

 

2) Move to VBulletin 4. Slightly newer version of this same software, though already aging.

 

3) Move to Vbulletin 5. Newest version of this software, but behind the times on features and third party addons would again have to fill the gap.

 

4) Move to Invision Power Board https://invisionpower.com/. Good set of new features, galleries, chat, reviews, etc, and good community.

 

 

Personally I'm leaning toward 4), but I can also see just doing nothing. But I'm guessing it's time for a fresh engine and paint job on the place.

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For me anyways, there's nothing lacking on the current platform. Anytime I use another forum format, I find myself cursing. Now, with that being said, I/we would eventually get used to whatever new platform is presented, and would probably like it!

 

Tide, what add-ons are we missing now, and would still be missing with the VB5?

 

Chat is a sh1t show btw. If chat is the 'community' chat board that other forums have, I think we're too big to make that work, plus you tend to lose threads/posts that way.

 

Does Invision work with TapaTalk?

 

I think itrader is pretty cool. However, the one thing that always irritated me about it, was that other sites that use itrader, don't pull in your rating holistically. It's just on that specific site.

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Even though PowerBoard is 'newer' and 'better' the few forums I'm on that use their software, I don't like it. I'd prefer VB5. VB just seems to be a more intuitive system.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Only things I would like to see are: 1) a public overhaul of the "smilies", and 2) loosen restrictions on attached file types/sizes. Maybe a fresh coat of paint on the header and default page style.

 

iSpy and iTrader are things I consider valuable, and it would really suck to lose the good feedback many of us have accumulated over the last decade.

 

The only times I've gone to VBgarage and reviews have been mis-clicks.

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I like the simple format used now. I may be biased but I don't like whatever subaruforester.org went to or subaruoutback.org. And I agree the itrader ratings are super useful when dealing with members.
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Most of those are unimportant features that we get some nice use out of but aren't really critical to using the site effectively. iTrader rating is different though. Folks are not going to like wiping out and starting a new trading rating system that leaves their old reputation in the dust. Took a long time to build that rating. I like those other features, but if they went away, I'd just move on. If my iTrader gets wiped out, I will be annoyed.
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Hmm im so torn

Ive come to love this forum

And def dont wanna lose my itrader

New coat of paint " sounds good but

Idk i dont feel like learning a whole new forum platform

Lol

This is like the only forum im active on as it is

Lol i cant believe i never saw the lil ispy

Its cool live feed

What other cool functions are hiding in front of my face lol

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The buyers barely leave feedback in the treads and sellers often delete their prices.

 

 

 

Point being, that you kinda can see the people that have been along for a while and get a snap shot of what they're all about. It's not perfect but it does the job in many cases.

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2) loosen restrictions on attached file types/sizes.

Good point. My oldskool iPhone 5S takes photos that default to a size larger than the forum will allow me to upload. If anything says 'behind the times', it's that. Get ready to buy more disk space on the server though.

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Having been a regular member on this forum for a year and a half, I have made several mental notes on my thoughts toward this forum's design and usability.

 

I personally have always preferred vBulletin, and in theory it may be a smoother transition for most folks. Especially when you look at images of vBulletin 4, it looks quite similar.

 

http://i.imgur.com/55jYnkm.png

 

Then there's vB5, which actually is pretty drastically different. Just based on this example, vBulletin.com, I don't like it. It's messy and hard to read.

 

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/

 

Then we have Invision Power Board. And as a tech-savvy millenial who loves new things, this is my choice. This interface is clean and easy to read. It also has a chat feature which I LOVE.

 

https://invisionpower.com/forums/

 

It looks like IPB also features a reputation system which is personally important to me (equivalent of "thanks" button): https://www.invisionpower.com/support/guides/_/member-engagement/ranks-reputation-pips-etc-r33

 

As for the features mentioned by Tide; classifieds and vBGarage have equivalents that can be added or created.

 

Classifieds:

https://invisionpower.com/forums/topic/426592-ips-4-classifieds/

https://invisionpower.com/files/file/8123-sd-sales-portal-pro/

 

vBGarage:

IPB has a "gallery" feature built in:

https://invisionpower.com/features/apps

 

Now, currently the only one I don't have an answer for is iSpy. I'm sure some more diligent Google'ing will turn up an answer though.

 

It's not a feature I've ever used personally. I just discovered what it did today :lol:. But I like it, and if it's important to members here then I'm sure an IBP solution could be discovered.

 

tl;dr, my vote is for IBP. It's clean, easy to use, and appears to have a good 3rd party extension community, which makes any piece of software great.

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I think maybe if we find the best classified system, then we should just move to whatever board that package is on. I can find a way to migrate the data to the new system, so feedback would be in place, but you'd need to move current sales over.

 

Vbulletin 4 likely would be the easiest upgrade time-wise, and least disruptive.

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I think maybe if we find the best classified system, then we should just move to whatever board that package is on. I can find a way to migrate the data to the new system, so feedback would be in place, but you'd need to move current sales over.

 

Vbulletin 4 likely would be the easiest upgrade time-wise, and least disruptive.

 

And it has 0 votes, lol. Good thing we are not the boss.

 

Would vB5 or IPB not be more future proof?

5 years in and I still love my money pit
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