Reasons to move to Vanilla forums?
We put together a phpbb based forum to support our members with a service that we offer.
While phpbb seems to do everything we want there are three main reasons we are starting to look at alternatives before our forums grow too much.
The first is the argument about permalinks or 'friendly' URL I think they are called. This is a never ending argument with them about the need for such things. Sure, search engines can still find the posts and grab the keywords but posting such ugly links makes people shy away from clicking on them because people have been told not to click on weird looking links. I've no idea why they don't care to understand this part. Sometimes, it's not just the technicality of something but the user experience that is way more important.
Second would be the update process, having to manually edit php pages every single time there is an update. Worse, most of those edits are things that most phpbb users are making to their sites so really, should be built into the admin/control panel.
Third, we love that they have official extensions because we shy away from third party extensions that could at some point, no longer be updated by their authors just as members have come to love the feature/function. We prefer to use only official, constantly updated/supported extensions.
Having said all of the reasons why we would be looking to move and really, it's a short but very important list, what other reasons might someone move away from phpbb and to vanilla?
I would appreciate your thoughts because I assume many of you here moved away from phpbb.
BTW, why does an open source project make it hard to use TOR? I use TOR as my default browser because we share PC's here but your site would not let me get past the captcha. Surely, everyone believes in Internet privacy in the open source arena these days and would support anyone wanting to try at least on some small level to keep their privacy. Just curious :).