Hi everyone, this is a heads-up for things to come.
You may have noticed that we are currently not allowing new member registrations. This was unfortunately the only way to stop spam bots from joining/posting at an alarming rate. It would seem the spam bots have stepped up their game and the features within vBulletin are no longer able to keep them under control.
You've definitely noticed there are still features that aren't working properly. We (our webmaster and I) have worked extensively with vBulletin to correct all the glitches left from the last upgrade to no avail. The most recent upgrade wasn't planned, it was the only way to get the forum back up and running after we installed security patches that broke the forum altogether. Each solution provided to correct the remaining issues results in the forum completely failing.
vBulletin has changed drastically over the past ten years. It has come to the point that I no longer feel that it can support our community in the manner that we require. The popularity of our site and forum make us a target and we work vigorously to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
I've done extensive research on how we should move forward. We are still in the planning stages, but the forum software will be changing in the relatively near future. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, user-friendly forum that you can continue to enjoy. Moving such a large database isn't easy and we're taking our time with planning and testing.
I will post again with more information as we get closer and I will include a date/time for the final conversion. Currently due to necessary testing and my travel schedule we're targeting a conversion in July (probably sometime in mid to late July).
Thank you for all of your interest and continued support. We appreciate all of you.