There have been a couple of threads asking about what happened to promised features like adding user review software and a software package that would be for business members to advertise on and to be separate from non-business member ads. Here is where we are and what we're doing. We are on a very old version of vBulletin (vB) that is no longer being supported by that company. They have had several "upgrades" that make the software more of a social media thing than being ideal for forums. Some of you may remember the significant problems that another large musician's forum had when they "upgraded" to one of the newer versions of vBulletin.....which caused significant downtime. Why? Because, in our view, the versions of vB that came after the one we use are not very good for extremely large forums. We have to make a change. To remain on software that isn't being supported opens the door to security problems and limitations to what we can add on to make for a better user experience. In plain language, we need to change to different software or risk serious problems in the future. Some of the original developers of vB left that company years ago and they have developed new software called XenForo. We have been looking at this software for a while and TalkBass has already made the move to XenForo. This is an initial announcement to members that we will also be making the move, although it will be a while longer. We know that any change risks upsetting people who want things to remain the same. In our case, not changing software has too many risks. Things will be different, although we will try our hardest to get the look to be as close to what we have now as we can. We have not established a timetable yet but, we will be doing some major testing behind the scenes during this Summer and will then install the new software. As many of you know, making a switch in software can cause lots of different problems and we have to be extremely careful to not mess up what we have. That means doing extensive testing before going live and asking lots of "what if" questions. Once we have the new software in place and have at least a month to work out wrinkles, we can begin adding in the things we promised members when we did the banner ads........user review plugin software and software for business emporiums so that business ads are not in the same place as non-business ads. We already had new servers put in place but any additional software really should wait until we have made the switch. Check out TalkBass to see what the software is like. Also, note that at the bottom left of the forum pages on Talk Bass, members can choose the look they prefer. The one that most closely resembles our current color scheme is called "TalkBass Retro". I will post more about this as we get closer to an actual change.