I've got one license of xF and I'm very happy with it right now, however I have another forum on IPB right now. I've got IP. Gallery and it's grown to become a very important aspect of my site, a very large percent of organic traffic on my forum comes from the gallery. What's keeping me from converting the forum to xF are two factors. First is 3.2 is around the corner and so far what IPB is promising with 3.2 is very good. I won't know until I can test 3.2 first hand but with the little teasers IPB has shown, xF still seems a tad more stream line than 3.2 when it comes to posting and user friendlyness. Second, how would I handle the gallery? I'm not asking for an official xF gallery - I know Kier and Mike are busy with the lawsuit and improving the forum itself... so in the end... what happens to my gallery if 3.2 doesn't meet my expectations and I decide to go with xF?
That's a possible solution but the gallery set up makes that almost invalid as well. Only registered members can get "full access" to my gallery... and I doubt you can weave the DB so that the IP. Gallery works with xF registration unless you're some master whiz which I'm not. =/
I just remembered... there's also the issue with spam boards. If I recall correctly.. I saw no setting to disable post incrementation in specific forums for xF.