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Old 07-14-2015, 06:12 PM   #1
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Updating AIR FORUMS to something more modern

I'm fairly new to the community but I can see already I'm going to be part of it for years to come. I feel like the forums' software vBulletin is outdated and makes for a not so great experience across multiple devices. Have you considered upgrading the forums to something more modern?

I came across Discourse recently: Discourse.org, they even have a vBulletin converter. I realize changing over would not be a cakewalk, but it would be an investment for the community to thrive for years to come.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:34 PM   #2
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Thanks for the suggestion. Have you tried the mobile view of AIR (not the app)? It's lean and fast but as with many mobile platforms doesn't support all site features. (Registry, Galleries...)

We are not likely to make any change in the near term. Converting software platforms is a BIG deal and not one we would undertake lightly. AIR has a pile of features that don't seem to be currently supported by Discourse and while we keep an eye on available options might be more inclined to consider something along the lines of XenForo.

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vBulletin 4 would be more modern, but this is still a way better platform all day long.
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I noticed vBullettin is up to version 5. Maybe there's an upgrade in our future then ;-)
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Can you create a facebook page that is linked to the forums like airstreamclassifieds.com is? I find that airstream addicts/adventures/crazies pages all have lots of followers but many of them are newbies or don't even have an AS.
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:54 AM   #6
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Can you create a facebook page that is linked to the forums like airstreamclassifieds.com is? I find that airstream addicts/adventures/crazies pages all have lots of followers but many of them are newbies or don't even have an AS.

https://www.facebook.com/AirstreamForums
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Adventure rider forum just went to xenforo last weekend. Some of the tools I use I have to dig for, but I'm expecting Baldy (owner) will tweak his site back to the easy user, fast loading side.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:21 AM   #8
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Still wish we had a "HOW TO" section--One devoted to solutions to problems only. I believe something like this was set up in the past but was not contributed to in a major way. We always ask questions on these threads. Someone who has been there and done that answers--our problem solved, but that advice is then lost in the mountains of posts later. Next guy with a simular question has no way of knowing an answer is posted "somewhere".
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Still wish we had a "HOW TO" section--One devoted to solutions to problems only. I believe something like this was set up in the past but was not contributed to in a major way. We always ask questions on these threads. Someone who has been there and done that answers--our problem solved, but that advice is then lost in the mountains of posts later. Next guy with a simular question has no way of knowing an answer is posted "somewhere".
That would be useful. I've posted two such threads already myself.
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I visit this forum every day. I hope some of my posts are helpful to other members. I like this forum and think it works well.
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My 2 cents ...

The Forum is fine as is, why fix something that isn't broken?
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Nothing beats vbulletin yet. In fact it seems the more "modern" a user interface is, the less useful it becomes.

A good example of the terrible, destructive effect of "upgrading" just for the sake of "modernizing" look at any of the Yahoo family of websites. They have become miserably depressing sites to try and use.

I hope Air Forums remains with vbulletin.
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The Forum is fine as is, why fix something that isn't broken?
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Despite the presence of a graduate degree I am still computer challenged. Now that I have learned how to use our site, my vote is to leave it alone. Sorry all you techies.

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