Very true. The more competition the better. Once IPB, vB, etc. see this, they will have to innovate to keep up. vB was dead in the water when IB whored them out. I don't mean to bash the devs of vB, but their parent company, IB, is screwing them over in a way that's just sad to watch. The only reason they're still afloat is because they were so widespread with vB 3
In no way do I want to bash/complain, but I know deep down that had I switched to vb4 or another solution it would have been a huge uphill battle to make our members happy. We would have lost many members permanently.
For our needs the current Alpha works just fine. Seriously.
Here is to hoping that the xenForo community doesn't turn these forums mostly into a competitors bashing forum. I rather focus on positive and constructive feedback to improve xenForo, and "members helping members" forum. The high quality product the xenForo's team will produce, coupled with the community's eagerness to improve the product and help potential new clients will make the best kind of statement.
Lawrence; i think the community users I've seen post so far are mature enough to stick to a comparison between products and xenforo. remember, they all run a site and xenforo is an option for them to consider.
And some negativity about vb is probably natural, as quite a few are displeased with it at the moment. But I think while some discussion about competitor products is healthy, it's not within the spirit of the community to start bashing them. Xenforo isn't such a place.
I was at a right crossroads with regards to what to do as we had upgraded to vb4 (as we use the forums only and for our needs and our members needs its fine) but now my license is due for renewal and I had began wondering what to do, that descision has now been made even more complicated although after only being here for a little while I already think I know which way I'm going to go