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Ok, recently we converted a userbase of 2,500 people from SMF to Vanilla, as part 'one' of our site upgrade. It meant we lost LOADS of unwanted bloat and things are much nicer now. However, a fair percentage of the community seem unwilling, or lazy in wanting to learn Vanilla, and although some of this, is OUR fault, I am trying to find ways to make it better for these people. Speaking to other members of the team, they DO love Vanilla themselves, but are looking to possibly maybe revert back to something CRAPPY, probably phpbb2. Now, I totally despise this idea, and am looking at more ways to make our forum more friendly to members more akin to SMF/PhpBB2 etc etc. We have included some 'lightweight' image signatures (500x100px), emoticons, but I am looking at other ways to make it a little more welcoming for these, err... idiots! Ok, so one major stumbling block, I think is people like to be welcomed with categories; WHY, i have no idea. Is there an easy way to offer this as a default view, as opposed to recent discussions? Furthermore, would anyone be interested in making an add-on, possibly a per user preference as to whether this or 'Recent discussions' is the default view? I think many more Vanilla users after me, might find this useful in pleasing and aiding the transition between Vanilla and the more popular forums out there. One gripe, with categories, which isn't one I share (because I don't use categories really) is that Vanilla's categories are fairly basic, in that they give no feedback on the state of updates for discussions within them. Is there any easy way to maybe apply similar formatting to categories, that is done per post in 'recent discussions' to categories, too? If somehow, I could get these two things working, I am fairly sure I could cling onto Vanilla, I would greatly appreciate each and all feedback, as I clutch desperately onto Vanilla, whilst hearing echos' of 'phpbb2 is coming'. Save me, kind folk, save me!!! Thanks for reading, Steve
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