My vBulletin site was flooded with spam bots. After installing an add-in requiring registrations to take at least 15 seconds between loading of registration page and actual submission eliminated all (or nearly all) spam bots. A system like that does work very good.
Instead of talking to yourself and creating fake content, what about new forums that need some new content helping out each other to get things going? More here: http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/397452-help-out-a-new-community/
It is easy to create a home page with IP.Content and pull information from articles, forums, blogs and gallery images. That was one of the main selling points for me to go with Invision instead of vB for a new site.
Check it out here: http://motorgearheads.com/
Articles only: http://motorgearheads.com/articles
Good looking theme, nice job. Do you have a screenshot of the default topic layout? Is it easy to add or change backgrounds? Nothing wrong with the standard backgrounds but it will be nice to add a few that are more specific to content for certain sites.
I read v4 is going to be completely new with some very interesting features. Is the upgrade from v3 to 4 going to be relatively painless and easy to do? Or is it best to wait for 4 and start fresh with the new system? I understand addons for 3 will not work with 4 so it is probably best to wait with installing add-ons if I start with 3 or make sure there are plans from the developer to offer new 4 versions for their addons.
If you start with a new site in the current 3 version, are there any best ways to set it up to prepare for an easy 4 upgrade?
I know a completely new version isn't released very often but how long is it expected to take to work out all the bugs and have a workable version? Probably pretty difficult to predict but my experience with vB4 is that it took a year or more to have a good working version with most of the important bugs worked out. And another year of frequent updates to get where it is right now.
My thought is just to start with IPB 3 right now and see what will happen with 4 in the next year.
I understand uploading of a zip file is not possible with the current version of IPG. But the flash uploader for multiple images works just fine for me.
I would like to specify one common title, description and tags for multiple images in a single upload. These can be set on the Review and Publish screen for each image but having to do that for every single image is very time consuming. Can this be done in a different way?
After seeing the initial release of vB5, I doubt we'll ever upgrade..! IPB seems to be light years ahead of vB5 and confirms my desire to move from vB4 to vB5. I started a new site and, besides limited content, am very impressed with IPB.
Thanks for the support and feedback so far! Now I just have to decide if I want to move my existing site from vB4 to IPB but probably wait a while.
I don't completely understand how you count the online users.
1) Is a 'user' a member or visitor? Or both?
2) Does the number of 'users online in a 48 hour rolling window' mean they are on the site at the same time or combined number in a 48-hour time period?.
Example: There are 100 users on the site in a 48-hour time period. 40 members and 60 visitors. However, there are never more than 10 users on the site at the same time. For the online user count in the 48-hour rolling window, do you use 10, 40 or 100 to determine the plan?