So i used the Nobita Social Groups on Xenforo for a couple years and now im using IPS Clubs and wanted to share my experience. On one of the updates the "Group Leader To User Group" broke, so i ended up with 1/2 my community leaders in the Leader group and 1/2 was not, i asked for help and this was the response. So the staff and I stayed up all night and moved all the leaders into the correct user group. 2 weeks later the developer released a patch that fixed the issue but did not even mention it in the patch notes or anything, this was when i first felt "Trapped" on my own creation. The ability for leaders to be promoted to new user group , was a request i made a few years ago... it is perhaps the greatest feature of Nobita Social Groups, when it works, we had a group leader forum where only leaders could converse.
As webmaster we blindly install addons as are not able to audit the code and do the required due diligence. Addons could include backdoors, callbacks, malicious scripts. Or they can be coded in a bad way that opens up your site to vulnerabilities. The GDPR forces data protection & privacy by design.You must take your due diligence. If not, then there could be millions in fines.So what now?
Having taken over my current board around September last year, I have quite a choice to make.
Essentially as originally a VB 3/4 user, and then XF going to IPS4 was quite some change.
After using it for several months, my current thoughts are I am about as far as I can take it on the path I have in mind.
Main reasons for this are cost, and lack of a balanced developer market.
Now you may think; "there's cost associated to every forum". Yes there is, but our forum has income only from donations and admins pockets. The niche makes it diffucult to monetise it any other way apart from ads, which do not bring in anything worth mentioning. Cost is a big deal to us, but at the same time I will invest where in areas that I think are worth it.
You may also think; "there is a developer market on IPS, with good quality products". Yes there is, but with the above in mind, the cost of these products adds up very fast with how commercialised it is.
This is not a bash...
This is directed towards those admins that use the XenForo platform for professional reasons (business owners with premium communities). What is your plan with XF2? Will you force it no matter what or will you "play it safe" and wait until you are 100% sure everything XF1 will work under XF2? Vote and leave your opinion below. This is out of curiosity and secondly to see what the XF admin community focusses on.
My answer is obvious: I'll play it safe. I'll wait until all my add-ons will be ported to XF2 which could easily take another year or more after XF2 stable release... I want the highest level of consistency and user convenience. They shall hardly notice the transition if possible.