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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by DRE, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Today I signed up to Ubuntu forums to ask questions since I'm setting up my first Ubuntu 10.04 Server and getting stuck at places that searching google has no answer for. I looked at their newbie thread by the admin and the admin explains why he uses vBulletin in this thread. That thread is closed but we are able to reply in this thread which seems to be a bunch of threads merged together. I've been thinking about adding my two cents because his first point is 'vBulletin has a good reputation for being secure.' That has not been my experience. I've been on lots of vBulletin forums that have been hacked before. Even my own vBulletin 4 forum got defaced at one point and vBulletin is always releasing security updates to cover some kind of exploit that was previously overlooked.

    What would be some compelling arguments to ask Ubuntu to switch to XenForo?
     
  2. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I did a search for the term 'xenforo' on Ubuntu forums and only found two threads.

    SendMail hitting spam folders
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1926292

    Big Forums Changes Coming Soon!!!
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=10796596

    Summary:

     
  3. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    Sometimes you have to pick your battles. Is it really worth it to act as an evangelist for change at a site where you need the information? Some people will not change until absolutely forced by circumstances.
     
  4. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I haven't suggested Xenforo yet. Too busy trying to learn how to run a server.
     
  5. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    I don't think UbuntuForums will ever change from vB. They are a huge site and the cost of switching systems when, frankly, vB works well enough for them, seems to greatly outweigh the benefits.
     
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  6. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    As more big sites change away from VB, other big boards will eventually begin to also consider it.
     
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  7. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    Think twice before doing it. I've suggested XenForo on one of the big vBulletin-powered forums and got banned. [not related to Ubuntu]
     
  8. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Then that is a bad idea. It sends the wrong message. I know what you're saying, but if mods/admin do that just because of the suggestion, then that means they are afraid of change and afraid to evolve.

    The fact that they plan to move to vB4 despite the problems the software is having makes me think that the forums over there aren't educated enough about the problems with vB4.

    And the fact that they think they can't move their databases from vB3 to xenForo solidifies this. There's an importer available.
     
  9. ChemicalKicks

    ChemicalKicks Well-Known Member

    I have to agree, especially if yre going to be asking for help from them.
     
  10. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    It's not always a bad move to stick with what you've got. If it works well, your members are used to it and keep posting daily. Why risk rocking the boat?
     
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  11. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    :ROFLMAO:
     
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  12. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    Exactly. I've been a member on Ubuntu Forums for a long time and vB works just fine there. vB4 may have issues, but I think the software will work well for them, and it won't seem that unfamiliar to its very large user base.
     
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  13. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    If you say so http://xenforo.com/community/threads/ubuntu-forums-hacked.55296/
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2013
  14. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

  15. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    lol Always meant to ask, what forum banned you for suggesting Xenforo?
     
  16. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    Well, that certainly leaves a funny message... lol, sucks for the users involved.
     
  17. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    This is what happens when your ego is far too large for you to handle. Your rationality and ability to think properly go out the window.
     
  18. karll

    karll Well-Known Member

    Sucks to be them. In fact, it sucks to be me as well, as I know have to stop using my favourite password.
     
  19. rellek

    rellek Well-Known Member

    Get a program like 1Password and let it think up passwords for you. You just have to remember your master password and the program will fill out everything for you.

    You don't believe how lazy I got since I used it :D
     
  20. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Can people stop with the total spam posts and vb bashing.

    Thanks.
     

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