Lindy, you keep mentioning "Legacy" licenses rather than just perpetual ones. Does this mean that the IPS Community Suite a.k.a. "Legacy Bundle" is also going to be done away with? Because personally, I'd like to keep the two licenses that I have that allow me to renew IP.Board, IP.Gallery and IP.Blog for just the price of renewing IP.Board.
My mistake, I thought you were implying that I didn't own any licenses. But you're actually wrong that it has no impact on me, from what I understand, my branding free license has increased in value. Good for me!
But still, I can't help but feel sorry for people who were saving up to get branding free and then found that the price had just jumped through the roof. It really would be nice to have at least a little warning before prices increase, if I remember correctly that used to be the norm years ago... but then it kinda just seemed to stop...
My biggest complaint about XenForo is that "This member limits who may view their full profile." garbage. There's profile privacy (which for the most part I think is just a false sense of security) and then there's just plain bad software design - I wouldn't have issues with members being able to hide their D.O.B, profile comments and stuff like that, but once you start letting members prevent others from viewing their profile at all and replace it with an error screen... then you've clearly crossed a line...
What I'm saying is this, certain portions of member profiles should ALWAYS be accessible to registered members, and those portions include forum related data, searching options and such. But I wouldn't have any issues with members limiting who can see their D.O.B, profile comments or limiting who can PM them. (So long as admin/staff PMs can't be ignored.)
One of the best reasons I've heard is hosting companies purchasing copyright removal so they don't have a link to a competitor in their footer. Also some people think copyright removal makes a site look more professional and helps you to better brand your site.
And last but not least, you can also get copyright removal just so you can brag about it and act like a snooty rich person.
Is it too hard to read the very obvious rules at the top of each forum? And members with hundreds of posts should really know better, after all they've clearly been around long enough that they should know where and where not to ask for support.
They should also add an option to enable/disable Admin CP options.
Really, if they change this (which I think they should) there shouldn't be an option to use icons. This is forum software advancing, icons aren't needed anymore, and to keep supporting icons would just cause things to advance slower.
And a lot of IPB and vBulletin's features aren't original, a lot are based on features from social network sites like Facebook. And of course different forum software is going to have a lot of the same features as those features are what customers want.
It's called a photo, it doesn't mean that you have to take that name literally and force people to only use a photo of themself. A lot of people use their avatar as their photo just because they don't want as pic of themselves in comments, blog entries, the sidebar, etc. You're risking losing a lot of potential members by having such a rule, and I don't think it's worth that risk.
We have been suggesting this for a long time, but IPS hasn't done anything about it yet.
How many forums actually have and enforce a rule that photos have to be a photo of yourself? I only know of a couple, so it's obviously not something that many people care about. And I know that I sure wouldn't want to be a member on any forum with that kind of rule.