[x] Because they know what they are doing and have 10 years of experience building market leading bulletin board systems. And understand the market, know what modern web technologies mean, and have a vision of what a community is, and not just what forum software is. And they never sleep.
Almost all of them are based on the puzzling lack of quality concerning vB4's UI/UX. Can you believe that after 9 (!!!) months someone (their new QA Manager) is finally replying on them? 9 months!!! I mean... where are your priorities. Apparently, Internet Brands sees the UI/UX as not important enough and this is just... well. I have spend months and months contributing an enormous amount of suggestions to improve the UI after they released vBulletin 4 'Gold' (doesn't even deserve the label 'Beta') and almost nothing has been done about it. I just happen to have a fairly good eye on user interfaces (if I may say so myself) and I tried to 'solve' what could be solved by offering my free 'help'. No reaction in 9 months.
Whereas overhere at XenForo's the developers actually listen and work together with the community to create the best possible UI/UX out there. I mean... this UI/UX of XenForo is already outstanding for 95% -when it was shown to the public for the first time- and the customers suggestions to improve the 5% are taken seriously... and often even implemented live on the forum. It is amazing. This is what I wrote on vBulletin.org about the UI/UX of XenForo: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showpost.php?p=2083986&postcount=120
One of the biggest selling points of XenForo is it's simple, intuitive, innovate UI/UX. Finally a forum company that get's the essential value the UI/UX has for a product and it's customers. vB 3.8 had an excellent UI/UX for that time. Invision I never liked when it came to the UI/UX, because it is simply not good in many areas, trust me. vBulletin4... well enough about that.
Ha... when writing this post a song came on on my internet radio: 'Adam Nickey Feat. Tiff Lacey - Letting Go (Michael Witness Ambient Mix)'.
So we say good bye To the other side So we kiss and sigh No longer anymore Love has left this land hand is in my hand So we say goodbye This time .... Letting go Letting go letting go ...