For your topic my first impression you have a very impressive forum.
My dealings in the past have been with much older and less 'savvy' members.
IMO IPB is a first class forum board, but as mentioned above FB and the likes are simplicity itself. I spent a lot of time with "how to" guides, even made videos to help guests and members to understand the the layout, use the message board, gallery (quite complicated to beginners) and the various apps that are available for members. I'm sure that when peeps understand, you become a more attractive alternative to FB. I love sport but because I did not understand the rules of some, I gave them a miss. Cricket was a good example. I took time to understand and now am glued to most TV games.
I have an adopted (very large) Mexican family. I know of only one who uses FB for anything else other than family and friends, so although only a small example I am not sure that FB will/or does stop those from joining a well thought out and easily explained forum.
I do notice that you have quite a few protected forums, there may be a good reason for that, however personally I would open the help desk, let guests begin to understand how the forum operates and (they may be there) add guides on how to use the forum.
Some while back I used another forum layout and imageshack was a mod that could be embedded in the posts. It proved quite popular. Just found this from Imageshack IS Syndicate I see that the IPB version is 2 x so not sure whether it would be any good. I urge my members to join either Photobucket or Imageshack now and just add the image code required. Not ideal I know, but until......it's the best I can think of.
when uploading new photo or sub album the photo or sub album will not appear in the global albums untill i use resync and recount in the ACP. I asked about this in the gallery feedback as i cannot see any bug report here and two users so far have the same experience (so now adding as a bug )
Due to an error on my part I lost my old forum. It was not online so no real problems there and decided to download and install IPB 3.3.1 with gallery 4.2.1.
Like most others I dislike not being able to set a cover picture with repeating itself as another picture or album.
However my problem here is that whether I upload a photo or new album into a global album I have to go into the ACP and resync and recount for the aforesaid to appear (in the portal style) for every photo or album added within the Global section (portal) style. This also happens on subsequent photos or sub albums within the same global album untill I resync and recount. As I cannot see it as a bug report I am wondering if anybody else has experienced this ?
(I have the ACP set for the member to use both portal and browse)
As I have mentioned before, Matts videos certainly helped me. I am using videos for my upcoming forum, but it is hard work as I am no pro, however for me (and apparently others) videos would be a great help and I'm sure increase sales of IPB, especially for the new users.
Took me a while to get used to it and I can imagine for those with largish or busy forums (with gallery) was a pain in the arris trying to explain the new layout.
Having said that I have to admit that I've grown to like it and certainly wouldn't be without it. Just uploaded 30+ photos using the bulk uploader, took around 90 seconds. Never tried zip so cannot comment on that. The 'add media' is a great app within the text editor. The only thing I do miss in the gallery (comments) editor is the Emoticon features.
To overcome a long and tedious method of trying to explain this and the board in general I just make a video added to a help guides forum, not a pro orator but certainly good enough to help with changes like this.
Not sure whether this was a choice in the previous gallery (senility) but I really do like the option to add an album to the board index (Matt where is the "latest poster" you originally added within this choice)
Not knocking any complaints here, but for me personally I prefer this version. (just a simple soul :baby: )
Attached is what I am receiving when using Mac and windows. I have used Chrome, FF and safari. Re cached all the browsers and the board. There are no extra mods or hooks. (this is the test board) . I do have another live board (although offline at present using 3.2 ) I do have to go out again for a while now but will update to 3.2.2. and the latest gallery when I return to see what effect it is having there.
Maybe was OTT saying nothing is the same but as you can see unable to upload. Even when I add a file there is no upload there is no review and publish