Meh, would be nice to get a Beta release ASAP, but I quit holding out hope for timeframes after they said IPB4 would be out last year and started planning my upgrades (including a heft deposit on a redesign) around that.
My forum is functioning adequately on Beta 2 for now, will be pleasantly surprised when Beta 3 hits to fix our bugs.
As far as popularity goes, they may be considered outdated for most sites or modern post Web 2.0 standards. But they are still the most popular style and have the most appeal in gaming markets where end users care about form and what looks bad ass vs function and simplicity.
Look at 2 advanced studios and their use of flash in modern Websites for good examples.
Mystic Digital raised the bar there for gaming vb skins.
The sounds were typically mutable and only on the main website not the forums. His personal clan forum had a beautiful design.
You can look him up on deviantart under mystic digital or immortal media. They are both him.
Thanks, the design is not my own. I purchased an HTML template from Themeforest and heavily added/manipulated to fit my needs.
It is using an articles feed block, but is not Marchers template. I do however use one of his widgets to power my "Articles you may also be interested in..." block in article view. Still waiting to get that powered by tags, vs categories though.
It uses two pictures per article, one thumbnail and one large header type image.
There are new studies showing piracy may actually benefit the entertainment industry, I imagine the same could apply to software. Somebody starts out nulled and converts afterwards for example. Free advertising and such as well.
I'd prefer to have application specific blocks. If I'm in the Downloads app I don't need to see recent forum posts for example. I hope that option will remain. Nevermind. Answered in second page of comments.