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vBulletin 4 to XenForo comparison, part 2

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Rigel Kentaurus, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Rigel Kentaurus

    Rigel Kentaurus Well-Known Member

    A while ago, I listed the features currently missing in XenForo (here: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/xenforo-versus-vb-4-comparison.13987/#post-183055)

    So .. I am doing an update now that 1.1 is in progress. It is amazing the progress that has been made. Almost all the "core" features that were missing from the package now are either available or there is existing functionality that can be used for that.

    Completed in 1.1
    • Userfields
    • Thread prefixes
    • Notices
    • Announcement (kinda, we can have forum-scoped notices)
    • Infraction System
    Missing forum features
    • Custom BB codes
    • Tags
    • FAQ system
    • Subscription to forums (and not only threads)
    • Reputation
    Minor annoyances (some of this might not be needed at all)
    • Ability for users to rename their thread
    • Ability for moderators to ban users (or a modcp, kinda could be done with Warnings)
    • Including HTML into your post
    • Spider detection in who's online (and filters, and some other controls)
    • Global RSS feed
    • external.php (syndicate info) with support for csv and xml
    • User Notes
    Major addons/features not present
    • Blogs
    • CMS
    • Social groups
    • Albums
    • Calendar
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  2. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

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  3. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    Rigel Kentaurus,

    - you can put your FAQ in a single "xenforo page" with #anchors for each item
    - custom BBCodes are in xenforo now: BBCode Media Improvements

    Social groups are intensively used only from a minority in my community (although a vocal one), I bet in your community it is the same as well. In this case, take the importer from Paul.M where all social groups are saved as threads. Then put these threads in a forum. And then make these forum accessible for the former group users.
  4. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    The users on my forum that were using the social groups just use conversations now since you can easily add people to them :D
  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't an invite only forum be more effective than that ?
  6. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    Less permissions for me to manage :p
  7. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    Great find!

    But now I wonder - that could be very bad for the community if users start to use private conversations instead. Can I stop users from adding people to their conversation?
  8. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    I don't know how much that changes the community, if they were in a private social group before that information wasn't getting shared with others anyways.
  9. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    It is just more annoying to have several 1:1 conversations instead of one 1:x conversation. The more annoying a feature is, the less it is used.
  10. Reeve of Shinra

    Reeve of Shinra Well-Known Member

    To be fair, we should do a roundup including ipb and a few other leading solutions as well for comparison.

    We should also highlight where there are suitable mods available for providing that functionality (ie: bbcode and blogs), although it should be designated as such since some people are stringent about those things.
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  11. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    ACP>usergroup> Maximum conversation recipients :)
  12. George

    George Active Member

    The only problem about listing the mods that cover what is missing, is that if Mike and Kier add their own. Lets say for instance the Blog. There is a wonderful blog addon here in the addons section. Lets say Mike and Kier add their own official blog and my members have 100+ blogs from the addon. If no converter is made then we lose that content, URL's may change etc. A lot of times mod authors move on in life and the mod is not compatible with future versions of the core software. We lose content that way as well. One thing I did notice if you add a feature to your site and your users use it and enjoy it. Then you take it away they find another site that still has that feature.

    That's why a lot of times I try and wait for the software to come with a feature for what I need. Before using a addon.
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  13. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    my opinion, these feature are the most needed feature now !!
  14. ibnesayeed

    ibnesayeed Well-Known Member

    Good hack! :)

    The only issue here is the discovery. One cannot search for existing social groups. It is more like and invite only system. Also, I am not sure if I can quit from a conversation (if someone has added me). :)
  15. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    By the way, you can remotely put html in your post by custom bbcodes.
    User notes can be - uncomfortabely - written as custom preference profile fields which the user himself can not see.
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You can leave a conversation temporarily or permanently.
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  17. ragtek

    ragtek Guest

    All this stuff is available via 3rd party add-ons (sorry if other points are also possible.. i don't know 100% of the available add-ons^^)
    Just for info^^
    Only because it's not in core doesn't mean it's missing IMO....

    I'm only missing the things, which aren't available (in core OR as add-on)

    ATM i can think only of social groups
  18. principia

    principia Well-Known Member

    I dont understand why everytime people compare xf with other forumsoftware.
    You can test it and if you like it, use it and forget the rest.
    If vb ist so great, why are they searching for another forum software?
    nothing is perfect, we have to live with this.
    i like xf very much and i think its getting better and better over the time. we have just startet.
  19. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    Those are NOT custom BBCodes. That's a how you set up the options for the media BBCode. BBCM and actual code is the only way to get custom BBCodes in XenForo.
  20. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

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