First point: the XML templates: it is a good idea, but I do not want users to do any more work than is necessary. Unfortunately, I am not too sure which forums actually allow you to change the basic layout of the post data (many allow changing CSS, header, footer, etc., but I doubt any of these hosts allow you to actually change the HTML presentation, which is all that matters for my converter)
Second point: Proboards allows one PM backup per person per month (?) so most people will still have access to their PMs. Changing board passwords will likely inconvenience the majority of folks who will undoubtedly still need to access something on the old board, be it an unconverted post, the "we've moved" notification, or something else. E-mail could be a secondary solution, though, to ensure everyone does receive their new passwords and that their e-mails are valid (some of my converters don't pull every e-mail because of restrictions, e.g. some forums have a e-mail user form instead of a direct link to their address because of spam reasons)
So, I don't think I will implement these suggestions as they may be more troublesome to users and admins, but if it turns out that this is what people want, then I will do it. If you are proficient in Python, PHP, XML/XHTML or anything else that would be relevant, you are welcome to modify and redistribute the converters, so long as you give me credit for the original.
And by all means, please do make suggestions. I can't guarantee I will implement them, but I will consider them (especially improvements to converter usability!)
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