Who is your favourite General? It can be any General, past or present. I personally like General Bernard Montgomery.
I first came to know of this man from watching the World at War series when I was a child. I've had a fascination with World War II ever since and his is the most recognisable face, aside from old Winston. I also enjoyed the narration by Lawrence Olivier and the way he described the battles of the campaigns, particularly the Battle of El Alamein... A real turning point.
Firstly, it's in beta and therefore unless you are doing this in a test environment or on a test install, you should stop. You don't know what bugs, holes, etc., will be discovered between now and its release. IPS4 is a complete re-write so the folders won't match. When the release is ready for general use I'd expect guides on upgrading to be forthcoming. It won't be long.
My web host, who shall remain nameless, decided to migrate my services to a new platform to improve performance and reliability. Since the migration the forum was unusable, settings could not be updated and I was forced to take the site offline. The web host could not tell me what had changed in order to put things right. Although it was clearly an issue caused by the web host and their server configuration, I raised a ticket with IPS which was quickly passed to Tier II support. Ryan diagnosed the cause almost instantly which I relayed back to the host. Everything is now back online. Thank you @Ryan Ashbrook ! You saved my bacon.
I fail to see anybody berating anybody else. This is a forum and people of differing opinions will use them to discuss things. The fact folks might disagree with Pete does not mean they're berating him nor taking away from his enormous contribution over the years. It's clear from his profile how highly he is thought of.
I think IPS deserve some respect for the way they've handled this and it sounds like you've been given an incredibly generous deal because of your long-standing relationship with them. You'd have to be barking mad to throw that away and move to another software, just because you'll have to pay renewal fees like the rest of us.
I would have thought that access to IP. Board inferred the fact it was the forum component. IP.Board will no longer exist in that form and a new suite of applications, one of which is a forum application to which you can upgrade from IP.Board, will be released. You have had a really good deal over the years but nothing lasts forever. I think IPS have been very fair and generous in dealing with this situation for lifetime/perpetual license holders. I have had "lifetime" deals before that didn't last anywhere near the amount of time you have had it. (I too am dyslexic and I found your post easy to read... :))
ACP > Members > Members > Manage Members At the search box click the 'advanced' button (it looks like a cog). In the search screen change the 'Member Status Filter' to Spam . Click Search. Then at the top of the window click 'PRUNE all members found'. I strongly advise you to take a backup of your database before you do this.