Originally Posted by mark_j
Same here. Thought it was only a cosmetic change, didn't realize that entire board software was being changed...
As one member put it so well..."AVSForum uses a customized vBulletin system, and it is running an older version which makes it more vulnerable to hackers. I have heard that AVS uses a custom search system, and other custom mods to make it work.
We have been on version 3.7 of Vb from that time that version came out man years ago. We have greatly modified the code and even a completely differnt search engine to keep a site this size running on Vb. The next version that could support a site this size was 3.8 but we had to many add ins to make the move vs what we would gain.
After that, IMHO and the opinion of many large forum communities (do a search), it went down hill from their. One person went to ver 4.1 and had to make over 300 changes to get his large forum to run without issues. Thus when the next version or the next comes out, you may need to redo the changes made to keep the site running. As such, we have never moved.
Because of this, we find ourselves in a position of hack attempts and have defending these as we could. We needed a solution and started to look as we dreaded, as you would, waking up one morning and finding the site gone. One thing we knew was that a widely used forum software platform attracted more spammers and hack attempts than a custom or unique one. So, well, here we are and here we go.
For me...AVSF has been a dream come try and my life blood so to speak, as such the choice was not made lightly. I would not want to see anything happen to AVS so I have to feel the right choice was made at the right time. As mentioned, it took over a year to make the choice and then we started working on conversion testing and site testing back in December 2011. At this point, we are close and doing another import test and then tests with more users of the site.
Thanks all for helping again to make this site what it is. I only hope you will continue to see AVS help drive the future of home entertainment as it always has.