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  • carntheroos4eva
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    Originally posted by BBR-APBT View Post
    You asked a question, I answered in my honest opinion and yet you complain that I answered your question you posted on a public forum.

    I even stated I wasn't poking fun at vBulletin.
    We all know that you are though all because you don't like the design of vB 4...


    Back on topic.

    Allowing bullies to become mods...

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  • Krankhead
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    Originally posted by Maurd View Post
    Dumbest thing? Added a chatbox. After removing it, actual community participation grew considerably. Chatboxes and forums shouldn't co-exist on the same website, they both compete for the same audience and one eventually cancels the other out.

    Worst thing? I've yet to reach that yet. As far as vBulletin is concerned vB4 has, for the most part, been a positive experience both to my community and to myself.
    I'd been contemplating this recently and opted against the chat box. Really glad to see that that decision is justified by those in the know!

    I agree with HM Beauty that they are practically the same thing and I believe that the forums are so far ahead, allowing for ongoing, durable conversations that instant chat cannot cater for.

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  • Rafaela
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    I let my old domain expire. (But I did not have much of a choice because of financialia)

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  • Pepsii
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    Went to create my first back-up of my files and deleted them by mistake. :/

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  • loneroad
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    A few years ago now...

    Did an upgrade. When I was tired. Without making a back-up first!

    I don't think I'll ever hear the end of that one. On the plus side, only managed to lose less than a month's worth of posts.

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  • remixedcat
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    installing invision power board

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  • Maurd
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    I agree.

    The main issue I feel is that new administrators think that if they don't install every possible modification that sounds like a 'good idea' people won't join. I was even guilty of that at one time.

    My website is almost five years old. Ever since it started with SMF, I always had that mentality. "I have to have x, y and z or else people will think less of my website!" Shortly after moving to vBulletin 3.6 I eased myself out of that state of mind. In reality, the only two modification that tagged along for the journey were the chatbox and arcade. When we finally upgraded to 4.1.2 May, all of the staff took a vote and we ditched the last two modifications, we even disabled several core features such as groups.

    Initially some commented on the lack of arcade, no one seemed to care about the chatbox disappearing. Years after it's creation I'm finally running only vanilla code and now my forum has grown to over a hundred thousand posts, which is petty to some, but amazing to me. It's just proven to myself that you don't need the kitchen sink for a successful community.

    Ultimately I think the worst thing you can do to your community is to second guess yourself and over-think it.

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  • HMBeaty
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    Originally posted by Maurd View Post
    Dumbest thing? Added a chatbox. After removing it, actual community participation grew considerably. Chatboxes and forums shouldn't co-exist on the same website, they both compete for the same audience and one eventually cancels the other out.
    Yep! If you've ever read the "vBulletin feature suggestion" threads, the users who ALWAYS suggest adding a chatbox/chatroom to default vBulletin, almost ALWAYS get shut down . What's the point in having a chatbox within a forum....when they're essentially the same thing?

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  • Maurd
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    Dumbest thing? Added a chatbox. After removing it, actual community participation grew considerably. Chatboxes and forums shouldn't co-exist on the same website, they both compete for the same audience and one eventually cancels the other out.

    Worst thing? I've yet to reach that yet. As far as vBulletin is concerned vB4 has, for the most part, been a positive experience both to my community and to myself.

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  • Ace
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    Originally posted by BBR-APBT View Post
    upgraded to vB4!!! I should have stayed on 3.8.x. I am not poking fun at vBulletin sadly it is in my opinion the dumbest thing I ever did to my site.
    Technically, I could add that one too, but with the addition of "before vBSEO was ready for vB4."

    Lost about 60% traffic, took months to recover.

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  • BBR-APBT
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    You asked a question, I answered in my honest opinion and yet you complain that I answered your question you posted on a public forum.

    I even stated I wasn't poking fun at vBulletin.

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  • HMBeaty
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    Originally posted by BBR-APBT View Post
    upgraded to vB4!!! I should have stayed on 3.8.x. I am not poking fun at vBulletin sadly it is in my opinion the dumbest thing I ever did to my site.
    You know....you really don't need to bring this up in every thread you post in......deal with it and move on already

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  • BBR-APBT
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    upgraded to vB4!!! I should have stayed on 3.8.x. I am not poking fun at vBulletin sadly it is in my opinion the dumbest thing I ever did to my site.

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  • chuckjohnson76
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    Welcome me to the club, then... I 'accidentally' deleted everything on my file manager and I ended up pissed off the whole week.!

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  • setishock
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    Crashed it 3 times. Twice in one day. Don't ask...

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