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Which forum software is better?

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In your opinion, which is better? Why?

vBulletin is the software currently used here on Veggieboards. Back in June/July of 2010 we were temporarily using IP.Board, some of you may remember that. And XenForo is the forum software used over on ilovetalk.com.

Here's a quick review:
http://www.xinz.org/reviews/best-com...enforo-vs-ipb/

Edit: I'm not suggesting to change the VB forum software. I'm just interested in opinions and reasons why you like one or the other.
 

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Voted Xenforo solely because of the fact that you can see if you have been quoted there.
 

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Originally Posted by Spang View Post

vBulletin

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
+1.

I would have liked the blog review more if they would have described how each were tested and rated. Why was security "Excellent", rather than "Very Good" or "Good", for Xenforo? What makes something "Good"? Or "Very Good"? Or "Excellent"? How does one define and rate "future prospects"? Poor review, IMO.
 

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I like what we have now.
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spang View Post

vBulletin

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
+3
 

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IP Board was nice for the time we had it because it had built-in chat and may have garnered more votes had you all stuck with it.

Basically just please not make any more changes for a while, and let's not try to piss off our current userbase any more.

Oh, and thank you for your work.

 

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Just to be clear: I'm not suggesting to change the VB forum software.

I'm aware of the Tapatalk problem on Ilovetalk. I think that's maybe just a bug that has been fixed in a more recent version of the software, but we've not updated it in a while.

For those who don't like Xenforo, is it just that it's different from what you're used to, or is it something else?

Also, are you aware that the owners of vBulletin have taken Xenforo to court? They claimed, among other things, that Xenforo had stolen source code from them - which was a bold claim, since the Xenforo source code hadn't been released yet at the time.
 

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I dislike Xenforo for several reasons. Part of it is that it's different from other forum software, very different. Aside from being different, I see no benefit to its differences. It's attempts at being user-friendly and cute merely annoy me.
 

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I'm not a fan of IP.Board at all. A couple forums I'm a member of use it, and I stopped going to them because I dislike the whole set up it. It's just not user friendly and kinda frustrating in my opinion. XenForo is alright. I like some of the features like, what Envy said, it shows when one of your posts have been quoted. vBulletin is definitely my favorite. It's clean, intuitive, and simple.
 

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I thought I should add my own $0.02 ...

I liked the vBulletin 3 series (vB3.x). At the time of its release, it was a great software. Or so I seem to remember. But web site technology, design etc has moved on, especially with the advent of Facebook and similar social media. So finally, after a long wait, we got vB4. Unfortunately, vB4 was a total mess with heaps of bugs and no new features. It was a huge disappointment. After a long time, the bugs now seem to have been mostly fixed, or maybe I've just gotten so used to them that I don't see them any more. But there are still no real new features.

I think IP.Board has a slightly cleaner look-and-feel than vB. I don't like its very limited moderator features. You really need to be an administrator there in order to do the same stuff you can do as a moderator with vB. But like vB, it lacks some simple features such as the ability to "like" a post, be notified when your posts have been quoted etc. Also, I was met with a less than helpful attitude in their support forums.

Xenforo (XF) is the only forum software that seriously takes on the social media challenge. Also, it has a much more attractive "web2.0" look and feel to it. It still seems slightly lacking in "old" features, and last time I checked the admin/moderator side of things were also missing a few things. But all in all, XF is the most promising forum software I know about.

I wanted to post a link to a summary of the ongoing legal battle launched by Internet Brands (the corporate parent of vB) against XF, but I can't seem to find anything short and up-to-date.

Here are a couple of news items from XF's legal counsel in the US:
http://gracelaw.com/XenForo-Rosenblum.html
http://gracelaw.com/XenForo.html
 
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