If others agree with your feedback and post in support, IPS is certainly going to be more likely to pay attention. So it's not just about your "one opinion". Unless, of course, you are the only one with those opinions. In which case, IPS is obviously not going to be likely to change something based on one single members beliefs on how something should be. However, when you won't even take the time to try and provide proper feedback, it's not helping anyone or furthering this discussion at all. You have to take the time to at least try and explain your issues when posting negative feedback, otherwise people aren't likely going to take your comments seriously. (I don't mean just IPS staff, either.)
You should elaborate on where specifically you found flaws in IPB4, as just saying it "overall looks and feels bad" isn't really feedback that is constructive. If you think something should be changed / improved, post about it in the feedback forums.
I use Vagrant personally. I have a Vagrant development environment set up on my desktop. When it's booted up, it leases a dedicated IP address from my router. I use this to locally resolve the pseudo-domain "ipb.dev" as my development domain and use this server locally on my desktop as well as on my laptop. This allows me to easily switch from developing between the two at any time.
Really, let's please not turn this thread into another pointless flame war. IPB4 was a complete rewrite of the software from the ground up. This is a long and complex / complicated process. There are going to be a lot of bugs. This is different from a regular upgrade, where you're just building on top of an existing foundation. This is tearing the entire foundation down and starting again. It's going to be a bit of a painful process and it's going to take some more time and patience. IPS could in no way fully prepare the software to be completely bug free on release day. That's just not feasible with software development in general. They spent a long time striving to get it ready up to this point. However, without lots of real world testing, it is virtually impossible to find and weed out all of the bugs. Yes, it is understandable some people are going to be frustrated. IPB4 is now a public release. People who have upgraded and are experiencing issues are understandably annoyed. No, this is not a huge fault by IPS. It's just the reality of the situation. They spent a lot of time working to fix bugs and pushed off announcing the official release of the software for a while to try and get it to as stable of a point as they could. But even so, if they kept pushing it off much longer, there wouldn't be people here complaining about bugs, there would be people here ranting in impatience over the software not being released yet. I absolutely understand and sympathize with people who are frustrated here, @Lindy is clearly working hard to help those with issues work things out as quickly as possible. It's understandable again to be frustrated, but please remember to try and keep things civil here. Posting "no one forced you to upgrade" to everyone who is venting frustrations of bugs in the software is just inciting further aggravation and inciting a flame war. Please don't do this. IPS can handle these things. There's a difference between someone who is being completely unreasonable and someone who is just having a bad day and is frustrated over understandable issues. This is a case of the latter. There's no need to turn these things into confrontations. This is a forum to be civil and try and offer others assistance.
Indeed, it seems uncommon to me that you'd actually want to charge in BTC itself. The value if BTC is highly volatile. 1BTC could be worth $100 one day and $600 the next week. Stripe isn't going to pay you out in BTC, they would convert Bitcoin to cash immediately on transaction (I imagine anyways). If you just want to receive Bitcoins as payment, you'd want to use a different Bitcoin only payment processor.
IRC is just a chat protocol, you can integrate it in any way you can imagine. There are a number of good open source web clients out there, such as qwebirc. Also, is it XMPP that your brother works with by chance, out of pure curiosity?
I've never used the chat app on any of my sites, but I host my own IRC networks for my communities and have a basic web chat client embedded on an IP.Content page for users to access. Usually the channel becomes mostly populated by the communities most active members, it becomes a place for the veterans to hang out and socialize and it less often actively used by the everyday user just stopping by. But overall there are rarely any problems maintaining a decent level of activity and I don't think these channels have ever taken away from any of my communities at all. The chat rooms are for casual discussions. For serious topics, people use the forums. Not everything that is discussed needs to be done in a forum topic that is set in stone after all.
That heavily depends on what you use IRC for I suppose, and what networks you frequent. For casual discussion topics such as anime, I idle on some Rizon channels occasionally, which these channels are usually decently active. But for the most part I use IRC for access to development related channels on Freenode. Most of which are quite active. I'm often idling on #archlinux, #archlinux-offtopic, #freenode, #laravel, ##php, #python and ##English in particular. Also, if you use IRC seriously, you don't sit and stare at a web client waiting for people to talk, you use a real IRC client and keep it running in the background. Just as you don't always get an immediate response to a question or comment you post on a forum, you don't always get an immediate response on IRC. (It depends entirely on how active the channel is at that time). That's why concepts such as highlighting exist in IRC (that is, when someone mentions you in a message, your IRC client sends you a notification). So in that sense, it really isn't that much different from a forum. You don't have to sit there staring waiting for a response, and most development related channels are active enough that you can get a response from people immediately. Forums and IRC are both great mediums. I would hate having to create a forum topic every time I wanted to ask a simple questions relating to PHP or Python in general, but for more complex questions that can't be easily answered, forums (or similar services such as Stack Overflow / Reddit) allow you to have more in-depth conversations over an extended period of time and are discussions that don't simply fade away after a short time span. Generally when I have a question on something development, I ask on IRC first. If I can't get an answer I'm satisfied with, I'll move onto a forum, Stack Overflow, mailing list or any other medium that allows for a more extended, in-depth conversation on the topic. For casual, non-dev related discussions, I also still actively participate in several other niche IRC channels on various networks. Naturally, again, just like most forums, these channels aren't always active 24/7. Most of the time I'm just idling in them with my IRC client running in the background. But any time a conversation does come up, I can easily tab into my IRC client and join in. tl;dr I imagine the popularity of some casual channels may be declining in favor of Skype or Facebook related groups. Most of the channels I idle in are pretty much just full of techies anyways and aren't used by the average end-user. For development related channels I don't imagine there's much of an impact at all. The only thing that will replace IRC is another IRC. That is, another open, non-proprietary chat protocol.
This was posted a long time ago. I have not yet tried to install / run IPB 4.0 with HHVM yet. I had planned on testing such a configuration eventually, but I've been tied up with other things recently and haven't had much time to invest in IP.Board related projects. Whenever I do get around to it though, I'll be sure to post my findings here for you.
You know those people who say "hashtag whatever" in real life? Yeah. Also it seems like every company that launches a new product has to try and cram their hashtag down your throat with every ad and commercial. Hashtags are everywhere. They're a cancer that started on one sub-section of the internet and have grown to infect society as a whole.
Is clicking the "Insert image" button in another forums editor really so difficult if you want to directly embed the image into your post? This is what you do for every single other image on the internet that you wish to embed.