An invoice is "this is what we want you to pay". It is a request for payment, not a demand and not legally binding. If generating said invoice causes financial difficulties for you under your country's laws, I can't see how IPS can be responsible.
If I'm a car salesman, and you agree to buy a car from me, I will write you an invoice. You have no legal requirement to pay the money; you can still walk away. If I decided to print all invoices on gold leaf paper, making them very expensive for me, the situation doesn't change - I could still get 100 people coming through the door, agreeing to purchase, getting some gold leaf, and leaving my store, bankrupting me.
An invoice must be issued prior to any payment; the invoice is the bill. If that invoice costs you money to produce, then that's unfortunate, but not something that IPS are doing wrong.
Personally, I agree with this guy, and I'm disappointed you all shot him down.
I'm still running 3.1.4 (still!) and I like having the thread starter name in a column of its own - it makes things easy. Adding the avatar there would be great.
When I upgrade to 3.3, I lose this column, and starters are placed under topic title. I'm going to have to mod this, as I want to retain topic descriptions (a la the mod that does so), so I want starter off in its own column.
It's be nice to have the choice on some of these things.
Just to confirm (and make it clear), are you saying that these loads are because this is the first time anyone has visited this thread since conversion, and will only happen once, not once for each member?
While I'm very much encouraged by what's above, I find myself a little disheartened at the release of an iOS app with no mention of an android app. Android has a greater market share then iOS (50% vs 30%, give or take), so why wasn't it developed first? When can we expect it?
Each member ID is associated with tons of stuff on the forum, from posts to comments to settings. Changing a member's number will disassociate all of their information.
If you wrote a script to go through every table adjusting memberID, I'd imagine that could work. However, when you try to merge them, you would find exactly the same problem with posts. And threads. And forums. And pretty much everything else.
I'm not sure there is a simple way to perform the task that you plan. Your task really is to take one of the databases and convert it so that not one single record overlaps with the other database. Once that is achieved you would be able to merge them, but achieving that? I think I would ask IPB about it, and quite honestly, I'd expect to have to pay a lot for it.