talk about "off topic"....
the last several posts seem to be discussing the merits of phpbb2 vs. 3.
in my mind, this is the wrong discussion.
i will readily admit that phpbb3 is superior (technically) to phpbb2 in almost every possible angle you look at it.
i also think that phpbb3 was more sound (because dog cow dislikes the term "stable") than phpbb2 even when it was still RC.
but the fact that something better is available is not necessarily a satisfactory reason to kill the old.
if switching from "old" to "new" was without cost, and if the "new" supported every single thing that the "old" did, then the situation was different.
as it is, switching is not free of cost, and the "new" does not support everything that "old" does, and the decision to kill "old" should be viewed in this light.
part of the problem stems from the huge success of phpbb. in another thread that was locked, someone cited 2 million phpbb boards. even if you take this number with a huge grain of salt, there is no doubt that there are hundreds of thousands of active phpbb boards.
a significant number of those board operators do not care about software. they care about quilts, or babies, or dogs, or scrapbooks, or whatever their board is about.
these people are not registered at phpbb.com, and they are not aware (and probably don't care) about the EOL decision.
some of those operators do not even bother to update their system, and they might be using 2.0.14 or whatever it was when they initially installed. for those people there is zero impact of the decision to kill phpbb2.
but some of them are "good citizens": whenever they see the red message in the admin panel, they follow the instructions and upgrade.
this is the group that's going to be significantly hurt by the decision to kill phpbb2 in the case a new exploit will be found
this is why i said (in the other thread that was locked) that it would be irresponsible of the phpbb team to NOT create a fix for such a hypothetical exploit if and when it will show up.
and personally, i do not believe that the phpbb team is that irresponsible: it is my belief that in the highly unlikely case that such an exploit would pop-up, the phpbb team will create and distribute a fix even after the declared EOL of phpbb2. any other behavior is, frankly, inconceivable.
now, if no such exploit will ever appear (and this is the likely case), nobody would expect the phpbb team to release any new version even if they wouldn't have announced EOL.
so, (assuming i'm right regarding the hypothetical case), the only practical meaning of the EOL decision is the closure of the phpbb-2 forums on this site.
this decision, although i think is wrong*
, will not have a huge impact on anyone.
what i think
would have been the right mode of operation is to announce that no more team support would be given for phpbb2, and from some cut-date on, only community based support can be expected.
however, as one team member so succinctly informed me through PM, what i think "carries no weight around here"