We are thinking of converting the site over to VBulletin (I am sure many of you have used VBulletin before and know it's a lot more user friendly).
Right now we are using SimplePortal to run this forum, but VBulletin would make things run more smoothly and give a lot more in terms of functionality to users.
Here is an example of a VBulletin Forum: http://www.hondarebelforum.com/
Take a look and let me know what you think. It will help the site run a lot smoother and any issues (like spam) can be dealt with a lot better.
I also attached a mock copy of what the skin would look like on the new forum.
Once converted, things would look pretty similar, posts would stay the same and your usernames and passwords would work as is!
How is it more user friendly? Explain Why.
Run more smoothly? Explain how.
More in terms of functionality? Explain where.
Smoother and what spam? Again Explain.
Let it be known that I am not a noobie when it comes to selling or flipping web sites and how this business works.
How about a little honesty.
Please explain that you will do whatever is in your best interest anyway in time.
Please tell us how the previous owner of this site did not make a profit by letting you take it over.
Please tell us how you have to make a profit to maintain it and how you will improve on it.
Personally I like it as is but understand your interest in making changes and how it would benefit you. But > You are not dealing with a bunch of mindless people here. You are dealing with working class people that don't have time to play guessing games. Tell them whats up and why. You have more time than they do so get busy and up front and get into some detail.
Be up front and explain how you also need to profit from your investment and what the real changes will be and maybe more members would be more understanding.
And how should we address you? MO or Adam? And why aren't you part of this conversation?
I wish I knew what this site sold for because I believe as a whole and thru donations this group could have found some better structured organization to operate it more efficiently but that's a debate for another day.