So here we go, the following is a list of features or capabilities that I could not find. I did search and results were either irrelevant or the purposed add-on was not what I was seeking. Or I could have completely overlooked it.
-I used SMF prior so I will link to SMF Mods similar to the ones I am seeking for your reference.
First, I do have a basic questions.
How do you create a Reply Only forum so that the administrator can post new topics, but all other users can only post replies. Am I supposed to literally go through every member group and set their permission for that board to Never, for posting New Topics? In SMF it was as simple as creating or editing the board and choosing the "Reply Only" permission profile. They also had a "Read Only" profile where admins could post, but no one else could. Is this also not possible here?
I can't seem to figure out how to create more posting groups. I find User groups but.. I don't know this is confusing. You can't set it to be like, 0 post = Lurker, 5 posts = New Member, 10 posts = blah blah blah... so on and so fourth. So how do I set these post groups?
And adding to that, where the heck are the user rank images like staradmin.gif or what not?
Just about every forum allows you to set the rank images for user groups like stars, boxes, etc... Does xenForo seriously not allow this? I got 75 new fresh and amazing quality ranks that I had custom designed and PAID for and now you're telling me xenForo doesn't allow this?
This is like one of the most basic of basic forum features. I can't possibly believe xenForo wouldn't include this. I just can't.
I searched and searched and found a mod for User Rank Ribbons and User Rank Images but these are too limited and not what I need.
-This makes me angry to be honest. How such a beautifully designed forum could honestly lack such basic content forum goers have come to love over the years is beyond belief.
*Deep Breath* Alright, moving on, does xenForo have (as an add-on or feature) or support:
A Topic Rating bar where you can rate a topic from 1-5 stars.
The Like system is nice, but you can only actually just Like a post and not rate an entire thread.
Spiders and Spider Tracking?
Again, many forums support the ability to track, log, and even see Spiders online while they crawl your forum. Does xenForo not allow this either? I searched but found something from december of last year. Of course a "More Spiders" style list would be nice too.
User names colors and glow effects?
Is it possible to change the name color of a single user without the use of a UserGroup. Is it possible to add a Glow style effect to a user as well?
User Account Security Lock with IP
This makes it so even if a user's account was hacked for the password, if the IP address doesn't match, the account is still inaccessible. Also e-mail alerts users on failed login attempts with the IP address of where the fail attempt came from.
A board specific block, box, pop-up, etc...
Some of my boards may require special instructions and it would be nice to give those instructions with a small notification rather than some "Read Me" post.
I know XenForo has the "Medal" add-on. But are there any others?
A Shop and Points System
I need a points type system like MyPoints where you get points for registering, posting, etc... then I need a Shop users can use to spend those points such as getting a user name color or something silly like that. There's MyShop, and MyPoints. MyPoints is exactly what I need. MyShop however is a lot of money for a mod that appears to be no longer supported and full of undelivered promises.
The ability to change the name of a board into a different color without having to change them all. For example making a restricted or limited access board name red.
Like an actual Articles layout and display mod with comments and ratings. I do know of Library, it's forum based and not what I'm really seeking here.
Well, those are really the main ones I'm looking for. If I missed something or some mod already covers these then that's great.