Okay, seeing Olympus being used here in a live environment has forced me to finally consider the possibility that I will soon have to make that difficult decision; should I leave phpBB2 in favour of the apparently greener grasses of Olympus, or should I stick with what I know? Now, before I get bombarded with a multitude of topics warning against using beta technology in a live environment, I would like to clarify upon my conundrum. I am not asking, should I immediately go and download Olympus Beta 5 and install it for my forums. What I am wondering is, when a RC is finally announced, what should I do? Which MODs are going to transcend the 2-3 gap? Now I'm assuming that some of the bigger MODs such as the Cash MOD will be quick to pass over. But what about the little ones? The small, insignificant MODs that only a handful of people use. What about my Quotes in Header MOD? How long till it's released on Olympus? Will it ever be? What about all the time I've spent making little personal tweaks to my sites, most of which I don't even remember day to day. For me, not a technician confident in my abilities by any stretch, the thought of starting over from scratch is a daunting one. And yet at the same time, I don't want to still be using phpBB2.0 when the support starts to dwindle, the new releases stop coming, and everybody who stumbles upon your site wonders what outlandish bulletin board technology is powering it. I realise deep down that eventually I am going to have to convert. Surely I can't keep using phpBB2.0 forever. Surely my members are going to be wondering what these strange new boards they see sprouting up across the net are. People will probably start calling us 'lefties' or something, because our display pictures are on the wrong side of the screen. In the end, it seems we face a hard decision. Should we convert to Olympus, and possibly lose some of our long-used and much-loved MODs, and with them a part of our site's individuality, or do we remain sitting in the fading gloom of phpBB2.0 like the caveman still dragging his club around and eating raw meat, whilst all his friends scoot around on these new-fangled wheel devices.
Edit: I've just noticed that the preview takes into account the profile column so the text actually shows up just as it will when you submit it. Damn that's neat!
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