The conversion from phpbb 2.x to 3.2.7 went reasonably well. About six hours to convert the database. Building the search index took another twelve hours. One browser crash while indexing but firefox restored the session so I hope it continued without too much error. It wouldn't have been so bad if it could be left unattended but the blank white page during indexing meant that from time to time I had to keep an eye on its progress. (Yes, I could have written a macro).
Issues of note.
The first new registration was put into the newly registered and the registered users groups at the same time. Not sure what's up with that. I just now "Set Newly Registered Users group to default" to yes, so let's see if that has any effect.
I removed the new registration from the regular members group, and, using test permissions, I see they can see nothing on the board. I made sure the newly registered user group was included for specific forums but sill no go.
As I write, it occurs to me I could be misunderstanding the simultaneity of newly registered and the registered users groups. The 'nevers' of the newly registered group should override the other group. If that's so, it still doesn't explain why it can't see any forums.
At least one registered user can access the ACP. This is my test login, not a real user. Trouble is I can't find a reason why it has access to the ACP. It's worth noting, it can only see the board stats, and one extension (authorized URLs). Nothing else. This would be nice to figure out in case there are any others.
One last note. I have "Manage Auto Groups" installed. Only one group is configured. It adds an extra layer of restrictions between Newly Registered and Registered Users. By itself it "shouldn't" cause a problem.
Any ideas? Thanks.