I viewed this topic twice .... So technically, it was viewed twice. It's not fake, it's not flawed, your idea of it is wrong. I certainly hope they do not introduce a unique hits per topic system (can you imagine how awful this would be on big boards?, the tables of viewing data would be bigger than the posts data) and if so, better have the ability to disable it. You could if you want, add a cookie variable of the last viewed topic to be checked to prevent someone just sitting there pressing F5 to increase their ... idk Pride? in their probably empty topic. But thats all it would do and it can be easily circumvented.
My goodness, are we going to whine and get all emotional every time a feature is removed no matter how tiny?
A lot of people don't even know of it's existence unless you put it right in their faces with a giant floating icon, it's a button for a handful of people who have a certain "browsing" routine and don't want to change. If you have anything better than a $2 mouse you should be able to spin your mouse scroll button and have the page fly up to the top faster than any other "smooth scroll" jump to top buttons.
20 years from now, will this button exist? Probably not, why not learn to live without it so you wont have to sit at the end of a page writing your will.
Next thing is going to be how the colour pip icon colour is destroying peoples lives and breaking apart families.
The new theme is better in every way, front end and back end. IPB 3.2+'s theme is quite out-dated (It uses tables for the forum/topic index's, how retro is that?) and is terrible for anything smaller than a PC.
This is all well and great for banning spammers and new people.... but have you considered the results of banning well known people of your community? Cases where the reason of banning is extremely sensitive? Or cases where revealing the reason to everyone could be personally damaging and insensitive to the person being banned? What level of privacy or respect do you think they deserve? It's not as black and white as you might think.
The moment you display reasons for banning to anyone is the moment you give people the power to challenge your reasoning and rules for each and every ban. This is mulitplied greatly when a well known person in the community is banned as they will have fans that will turn a blind eye to whatever they did and call "injustice" from staff.
Showing all the bans paints ideas on new members, this could be from "Good order" to "Oppression", it depends on their own views. This idea is like a virus, and later on, the fruits of this virus will be seen.
You are opening the doorway for new troubles, don't think because something has not happened yet, that it never will.
Just wanted to say, my forum is up and running now on dedicated running twice as fast as it was before. I have to hand it to ASTRAPI, he has done an awesome job setting up and configuring everything from helping find a good host to the full migration of the forum and some of my subsites. We had a problem with my old host not allowing a direct transfer of the data to the new host and I had to download and re-upload all the data which took some time but ASTRAPI was very patient through the whole thing.
If anyone is stuck in a similar situation, ask ASTRAPI he will help you out.
How is giving people 2 years for free unethical? They don't have to do this at all for you, if anything you should be sending them a cake for being so nice. Your license ends with IP.Board 3, your license covered the "lifetime" of the product, IP.Board is no longer developed other than security patches which you will get for free as normal. Peoples expectations for things they aren't entitled to are beyond comprehension.