I have been a faithful user of the PHPBB software (which means hiring a webspace, uploading and installing a forum system and have a forum which has many visitors, topics and messages). I started using PHPBB 2.0.6, later on 2.0.8, 2.0.18 (used now for the World of Warcraft forum) and 2.0.20 (used for another forum that is almost a flop). PHPBB had a lot of mods and I have used several of those mobs by implementing them.
Later on, I took notice of the new development of the beta series 3.0.B1 to 3.0.B5, but I only installed B5. I was very impressed by the excellent work that the PHPBB team have done. They deserve every applause! When going to B5 to RC1, I didn't do (or try) an upgrade, but I destroyed the B5 forum and installed RC1 on this place. The current live forum was copied to a temporary forum which would be upgraded to RC1. Now I have running 3 forums which only the first (2.0.18) and the third (3.0.RC1) is available for using and testing respectively.
Now the point is: waiting for the release 3.0.0 (Gold)... I will not do an upgrade again from RC1 to 3.0.0, but I will destroy RC1 instead, and do a second conversion, which will take the place of the current live forum. But... when will it be? Only the dev team knows... it will be ready at least, when the team thinks it is good enough to be released.
For this moment I can say...
KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!! MAY THE PHPBB TEAM LIVE FOREVER!!