Posted 25 August 2009 - 02:12 PM
But having said that, I've wondered if jumping to vB or MyBB would also have a positive effect on the the community. Meaning, would members be more likely to join if the community was using IPB/vB instead of MyBB. Or do they really even care from an end user perspective?
So my question is to people who've been with a freebie and then converted. Did you see your registrations increase? Did you see your current members increase their posting activity? Or is the software you use (as long as it's one of the "main" ones) a moot point?
Posted 25 August 2009 - 02:21 PM
Again, for a person that knows nothing about forum software it's the same thing and basically first all about the 'look' of the forum. They see the forum then read around. ^^
Posted 25 August 2009 - 03:57 PM
Posted 02 April 2010 - 06:50 PM
i guess it depends how similar they are, cause some members might not be used to it, and may take time learning how do do things.
one forum i am on changed from vbulletin to one i had never heard of.....think the admin made it himself. it was sooooo complicated to use at first, really hard to navigate and a lot of members stopped coming on because of it.
you KNOW you want to ♥ ♥ ♥
Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:06 PM
So VB4 might have issues but people tend to understand it better and want to use it more... So in my mind the $160 bucks the members paid for it was worth it.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:45 AM
On the flipside, you do always have the fanboys and fangirls, but I think you have to ignore those voices to a certain degree. It's like BQ said, someone is always going to find a reason to carp with a change. It's not possible to please everyone. Yes it's a great idea to please the community as a whole and try to make the pleased group the majority, but some folks just don't like change. For some people it means re-learning or finding locations of different things.
If you have a more experienced base, then the above is less of a problem. However, if you're talking about topics outside of IT, computer games, etc. then you have to assume x% is not fully computer literate.
My advice is to always get on and look at it from an end user perspective. Create an account and log out of the admin account for a bit and just surf and maybe try a few posts. We're blessed with the benefit of knowledge so that even a new forum system is not that difficult to subdue. Not everyone is as strong in computers, though, so you have to look around with that in mind.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 11:09 AM
Posted 13 April 2010 - 11:35 AM
I'll try to roll it out in phases with select members using a test site, screen casts to show people how things are done the new way, and a lot of background communication prior to making the final conversion.
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