> have no way of doing so. We are, however, no longer supporting it
You have more ways than you acknowledge. From where I sit, your leverage is glaringly apparent.
>> You can still add whatever features you like to it, we're just not ...
>> If ... phpBB3 ... I would remove whatever they don't like.
You talk in circles. Add a line here, or remove a line there. Doesn't seem so different to me. Still, that's your choice, and while I can't agree with your priorities, it is, as you rightly point out, your prerogative.
However, since we're here... I recall a particularly nasty 'Santy' worm a few years back that exploited some little seam that existed between phpbb and the php program that was sewn up with a snippet no longer than a half dozen lines
. I am not suggesting you open the floodgates on phpBB2 for fixes and updates, but in light of this new wave of pm bot I think it a bit hard hearted to begrudge a similar few lines. But since I am not a php programmer, if you're content to let the latest ads for watches and viagra be branded with the phpbb name until I can learn what I'm doing well enough (on ANY phpbb version) to figure out how to apply a fix myself, then I don't see how I can possibly object.
For the interested, casual reader a very astute forum member has observed that disabled members have been able to update their profile, most notably their avatar. Where in this process they are sending spam pm's is more than I can guess at this stage of things.