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 Taking opinions about future forum upgrades. What say you? 
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Okay, so while I performed the minor forum upgrade that I had planned, I had another confirmation the internal forum base is simply too old to maintain it properly.

I must reinstall from scratch the forum, and then I'll import back the database, the avatars, the emoticons.

Just to be clear: NOTHING WILL BE LOST :thumbsup:
It's just the structure that is updated.

I have two reinstallation choices:

- With the current version of the forum and template, the 3.0 branch, that we already know, but has grown very obsolete over the years:

- With the new version of phpbb, looking great and apparently featuring much better usability, currently 3.1, and 3.2 next week.
It would look like this with the same-name template:
EDIT: it would look like this: ... =2&f=2&t=1

Would you have a preference, honestly?

Me, I'd prefer to go for the new version, but I'm open to discussions :)


If you wonder, here's WHY I have no choice but to reinstall.

We mods and admins simply cannot log in correctly and do our stuff, we're kicked out at random, can't log back at random, and new parts of the administration control panel are unusable.

The culprit: too many various old mods, of different sources and origins, with varied modus operandi, none of them officially compatible with the latest stable phpBB anymore, some of them losing compatibility with php/mysql (and yet I'm running oldstable FFS, we're not talking about PHP7), and all of those mods have plugged random bits of code, cross calls, and new files, in the core of the forum as well as in the template's files.

My only solution is to scrap it all into oblivion, and reinstall the forum afresh.
Install a vanilla phpBB, brand new, and make it use the existing database, avatars and emoticons.
Upon installation, I'll be presented with lots of conflicts because the database knows of mods that don't exist anywhere anymore, but there are utilities to remove unwanted memories of removed stuff;

So: new phpBB.

But... WHICH phpBB!! :german:

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The current version has served us well over the years and we are all used to it but as with all software one needs to move on to the newer builds for more up to date features.

I agree with you 100% Oli, go for the newer version and we'll just have to get used to it.

Let's start 2017 with a fresh new look :)

As a side note, I think you can also purge the Recycle Bin to lighten the database a bit.

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I think that the new version looks pretty slick and I am sure that the functionality will be updated along with the looks.

But really I vote for whatever is easiest for you guys to work on and maintain. Without you, it wouldn't matter how good it looks.

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I love this template. Hope it's developers will fix it for the new phpbb soon.

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I would keep the old one, but then I'm always in the minority of things. :P I just prefer the old internet days when everything wasn't so bloated. It's all biased towards mobile now too, with the annoying hamburger menu. Uniformity, conformity, For a lot of people these days though, those are the selling points to do the upgrade.

If the demand is there for change, then obviously that's the smart thing to do for future growth. But, if there aren't any complaints, then there's no harm in sticking with what works. :)

Best of luck on whichever you decide Oli! 8)

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