I didn't mean anything negative at all. Just wanted to give you all a change to voice your opinions without me getting in the middle of anything.
In terms of the benefits of switching over to vbulletin. They include:
- Much better security features (spam is only a small issue in regards to this)
- Community growth (with VBulletin being the standard on many forums, we can see a lot more participation with a switch over. This means more community conversation, meeting new people and bringing in ppl who may have otherwise not joined)
- We can get different modifications/additions for the site (a lot of different cool features here - see below for an example)
- You can track particular member participation and posts (You can click on different users, view their post counts and see all the areas they posted in) - now it's easier to see where friends are contributing
I have used tons of forum software myself (VBulletin, XenForo, PHPBB, SMF, etc..)
IMO, I think VBulletin would make the site a lot better. VBulletin is pretty much the standard for many large communities and as we grow, we really think we could use the added security functions and we can even design the site as you all see fit.
We are here to work with you all, as this is your community and we just want to pave the path smooth for you all.
Here is one really cool feature with VBulletin (not a bike site, but just showing you an example) - basically the below link will take you to your garage where you can talk about the specific modifications you made to your bike and just show it off to the community):http://www.rhinotalk.net/forums/garage.php?do=viewvehicle&vehicle_id=1019