I don't think you will get an answer, as most users that show as a non client, get told to log in to their client account. Otherwise they could be using a Nulled script, as some users here don't like helping people that are using a stolen copy, I am not saying you have, but thats the way it is most of the time.
If you can talk to the License owner ask them to add you as an "Alternative Contact" in the client area, that way you can submit support tickets to IPS, and get a better answer. I am not sure, but it might also allow you to access the support section on these forums.
same here, but I guess if it is going to be later than May/June, I will have to launch that without 4.0 (many features need 4.0, even more so now due to the news on IP.Connect, as its not just 1 site, but a network of many.)
Honestly I don't bother with IPS Spam Service, its ok, but Stop Forum Spam plugin works a lot better. I have used that on my board 12,436 Total Members and only 30 are banned, and only 5 of them were spammers, rest were banned for breaking rules.
Edit: Then again I haven't used the spam service for the last year and a half, could have been improved since then, but I am currently sticking to StopForumSpam.
The search engines / guests see content in most of the sections, except the members only section, that one has the "please register to view this section", that shows guests there is more to see if they sign up.
I create and display Forum sections just for Validation group and call them "Validate Your Account To Access This Area" then in the description of that section add a URL to a page, that explains what to do, and how to do it.
Also do the same for guests, saying to view this section register for a free account.
EDIT: forgot to add that I set the system to automaticly delete accounts awaiting validation after 14 days, thats plenty of time for them to activate their accounts, if they don't bother then they are not worth the space on the site. Would rather have a small number of members that are active and post a lot, instead of having loads of members but only 10% post.
I have done the same for the last 7 years, started playing around with them when I was 14, Still have most of them install for messing around on my local system. I loved VB until I found IPB, then I jumped over here straight away.
I agree with Dylan that there are more VB mods than there are IPB mods, But I feel that IPB mods are more stable and complete, I had loads of issues with VB mods, some of them even required modifying code, with IPB there is non of that, basically drag, drop and click install.
Not a lot to say other than, VB just want your money for unfinished products. I got Vbulletin in the 4.# Loved it to begin with because it was the same software that I was used to moderating on another site, started to go down hill for me when I realized how much maintenance was involved with VB, every other week I received an email saying about a "Security Update or Patch" spent most my time in the adminCP or FTP, and that was with under 100 members.
I switched to IPB just to try something new, Now with a site of 12,000+ members I spend a lot more time chatting in the forum rather than keeping it running, Security fixes and patches are every couple of months instead of weeks, as IPB like finishing their products before release. the site is a lot more stable, skins, hooks and apps are easier to install/upgrade and manage.
IPB is the way forward, VB is going in the wrong direction.
I already run 2 IPB sites and have plans for another 3, the ONLY reason I would stop using IPB is if they shutdown.
When using the Ticket system and departments, I like to monitor tickets assigned to some staff members, and sometimes I feel need to add a reply. Now instead of taking over the ticket or the customer seeing multiple staff replying, I feel as it would be better if I could reply but have the ability to make it look like the reply came from the staff member that the ticket is assigned to and not me.
Does anyone agree with this, or am I being silly ?