Surf Patrol wrote:Do you know about the benefits of VBulletin? It might be worth changing if there are benefits in forum performance.
I am currently very active on another (football) forum, who uses vBulletin. I am very happy with it, as opposed to phpBB. It is just so much more user friendly.
It's the little things, that's adds up in the end, creating a much better fora, and in turn, a better community.
A few things:
* When you are in, say "Surf Spots" the only info you get is if there are any new posts, and who the last poster is.
vBulletin: You'll see if there are any new post, if you have posted in that thread yourself and there is a button that takes you directly to the first post that is new to you.
*The interface is much more user friendly. Adding images, links and quotes is a walk in the park. Not saying it's hard in phpBB, but it's just that it could be better.
*You can, after a bit of work, create a skin with a personal touch to it. You can also let the users choose the skin of their liking in the user CP.
Have a look here: http://www.vbulletin.com/
Surf Patrol wrote:Post counts - again it is there as standard so I have not played with it. I can see the benefit from a community point of view, some sort of recognition for member posting activity (although I agree with you oslo that this is reflected to a certain extent in the rank. Lets here what other members think.
As far as I am concerned, there are no real benefits in a post counter. It takes some of the attention away form what really matters; what you actually write.
I think recognition should be based on what you write. Not how many posts you have. This does, in some cases result in replys like: LOL or OMG or other useless replies.
Post's will still be counted, and you'll get some recognition from the title.(eg Wobbler and so on). And as I said, the number of posts will be in the profile. And I think it's important that they are there as well. Let's just say, I would rather hook up with a member of the community on a surf trip who has 400 posts, and not with someone who invites you to his house as his first post. (a bit confusing that latter part, read it again...)