[QUOTE=Lebowsky;2761096]Why the “but it’s based on vbulletin”? Is it that bad?
I know it’s your decision of course, but from a user point of view, I’d rather want the changes in the user-experience to stay as minor as possible instead of something drastic that won’t make me want to come back because I lost all my bearings…
As I said, I’m speaking from experience on another - similar - forum (decades old on vbulletin, had to change due to the security issues). I’m really glad they did all they could to keep a layout as similar to the older one as possible.
As for open source, well I’m in IT as well… there are also lots of open source projects that died all of a sudden due to lack of support, so that is no guarantee either.[/QUOTE]
The issue with that it’s too much Vbulletin is that there is a lot of legacy. Discourse is only 2 years old and totally written for the modern web. Xenforo is the Vbulletin database (they are pretty much the same!) with a layer of Zend Framework on top. As we had a license, I’ve been fiddling with Xenforo a lot and found it to be a more advanced version of Vbulletin.
That’s not an argument against it, but it shows how different they are in the most basic way.
In other words, there is no decades year old legacy and while Xenforo has done a good job, I think they’re current architecture will limit them in the coming years, where Discourse won’t have that issue.
And because moving a large forum like ours is huge, I would like to do it as less times as possible
The open source argument is there because I believe that when somehow something happens, the license permits the development to continue by the community. With so many forums adopting it now (it really goes at a rapid pace) I think development is pretty much secured.
On the minor vs. major change, that’s something I worry about (and really, really gives me stress!). I really hope that people won’t simply leave, but provide feedback and give me time to implement it, so I can make the change as smooth as possible.
While I know I’ve pretty much forced Discourse on the community, the forum is not for me (but being the end-responsible, sometimes I have to make choices I feel are best), it’s the users that make it the great place it is, and thus feedback is essential.