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I hear that Proboards got acquired by some other company? Are they going to keep it alive? Big plans?
 
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Yeah, they're owned by Vertical Scope now, which...not sure why they did that since their entire network runs on horribly modified XenForo, but I guess owning their own software makes sense economically. Just hope it doesn't negatively impact ProBoards, because we've seen this before (EZBoards, InvisionFree, ZetaBoards, etc.)
 
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> @PGen98 entire network runs on horribly modified XenForo

Xenforo??

I had no idea. I thought it was something custom. Thanks for the info.

Yes, it is normally not good for free boards when the ownership change.
 
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I use Proboards & only heard of this recently myself. I rarely go to Support. If I have issues, I ask other members for some guidance. I hope they will do good. They've been saying they'll go to V6 for several years now. Problem is, they are leaving behind those of us who still use the Desktop. Some already have moved out of Proboards for that reason. @PGen98 I too didn't know it was a "horribly modified Xenforo". Did someone tell you that or did you just see it for yourself? I'm only asking because I would never have guessed what they are doing lol
 
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@Abhi -- Yeah, sadly it's a horrible custom XenForo setup that they've made and it just makes their sites feel so impersonal, so uncared for, and just as if they're "here's a name that used to mean something, come and become member #1275489645" so we can boost our revenues! Shame.

@ZandraJoi -- Yeah, their network sites all use the same custom developed version of XenForo (if you check the footer it still has the XenForo copyright in there), ie:https://www.toyotanation.com/ but my guess is the acquisition of ProBoards was to develop it to suit their needs (probably not the needs of their userbase, sadly) and transfer their XenForo sites over to this new ProBoards version that they're likely developing.
 
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Very insightful. Thanks.

> @PGen98 by Vertical Scope

I have heard this name somewhere.
 
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@Abhi Of course :)

Vertical Scope have been buying up forums in all different categories for a number of years now, so it's highly likely you'll have seen them acquiring larger forums and turning them into...well, the horrible shell they inevitably became.
 
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I do not know whether this is a good news or a bad one for Proboards users. Only time will tell.

There is always a risk involved when relying on hosted platforms. Especially when they do not allow us to port out.
 
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Considering proboards is one of the oldest forum hosting services still running (if not the oldest), it would be a shame to see it go downhill like Zetaboards and InvisionFree did.
 
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Completely agreed, it would be a real shame if they went downhill, but unless Patrick retains creative control over his product, then that's the likely outcome.
 
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It is hard to sustain with free services for long. Revenue generation is important.
 
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@Noble -- Sadly, I agree, shame, because while it was his to control he did a good job of keeping it running for all of this time.

@Abhi -- So very true, can't survive without catering to whatever generates revenues.
 
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If they paid for the deal, they needs to find it back. That is a natural process. But if Proboards get better in that process, that is a win win.
 
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True, if it gets better, it's a great deal for all, but that's typically not the case in acquisitions like this, so fingers crossed for Proboards users!
 
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@ZandraJoi did you as an user got any notification about it?
 
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Normally they send emails to all admins. Perhaps something like that happened here too.
 
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That is the normal procedure. We will have to hear from one of the admins to be sure.
 
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Yeah, I'd give them a good few months before they start implementing the usual "well, ok, but I think that's a little fishy" type of changes, and then moving onto the full blown "this is our new product" mode where things are 100% different from what Proboards was.
 

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