Internet Brands’ QA Team Reveals Customer IP Addresses

vBulletin 5 Connect is almost here, and the IB QA team is busily trying to set up a test environment up at http://vbtest.biz, using data imported from the production/live vbulletin.com forum installation.

Problem is, they didn’t think to password protect the forum, and a good number of posts in the forums have debug information attached to each one, including the poster’s IP address. The main forum page also lists a startling 307 database queries in its debug information.

I found this vbtest.biz site when going through my own servers logs. There was an entry to an image I referenced on vbulletin.com, and the post that this image referenced was was imported into vbtest.biz.

The site now redirects to vbulletin.com, and my thread was locked for bringing attention to it. In the past. they’ve locked threads referencing vbtest.biz. Even when it was found that the main “forums” link on vbulletin.com was directing to this test site for a short period of time, without any explanation.

Silly IB. I’m sure they’ll come up with a good excuse for it. Sounds like the vBulletin 5 Connect testing is almost ready to be launched on vBulletin.com!

Hopefully they leave debug off.

 

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How to get around Omaha World Herald’s Nag Screen

Lately, the Omaha World Herald’s web site omaha.com has been nagging people to subscribe to the paper in order to view the web site. You get only a few page visits per day before the nag screen pops up begging the visitor to subscribe to the online subscription. If the visitor denies signing up for an online subscription, they are redirected to the omaha.com home page, and not the page they intended to view.

The quick and easy solution to get around this problem with the Chrome browser is to start “incognito mode”, which will allow you to view omaha.com without the nag screen. The quickest way to start incognito mode is to use Ctrl + Shift + N (hold down control key, shift key, type the letter “N”)  and  to start a new browser window in incognito mode.

“incognito mode” in Chrome will force a new cookie to be created in your browser when visiting omaha.com, and delete it when the incognito mode window is closed. An alternative method is to delete any cookies placed by omaha.com in your browser settings, but incognito mode works faster.

The Firefox browser uses a similar feature called “Private Browsing” mode, and it can be started by using Ctrl + Shift + P.

For Internet Explorer users, try the “InPrivate Browsing” feature. You can start InPrivate Browsing by opening a new tab and selecting Browse with InPrivate or selecting it from the Tools menu. I can’t find a keyboard shortcut for InPrivate Browsing, but this site may help create a shortcut on your desktop, depending on your browser version.

 

vBulletin 5 won’t have the same features as vBulletin 4 out of the gate

UPDATE: vBulletin 5.0 BETA 10 was released to the public for purchase on 9/11/2012, with disappointing reviews. Many more features are missing from the original release, and there are restrictive changes to the new license. Buyer beware.

There’s been another leaked communication from a survey that Invision Brands sent to customers of the vBulletin Mobile Sweet. In in, the survey asks customers…

Due to heavy demand for the next version of vBulletin coupled with our commitment to releasing it with the best quality possible, we are considering releasing vBulletin 5 Connect in phases,meaning that not all of its components will be immediately available at launch. If we choose this path, the vBulletin 5 Connect-compatible version of the Mobile Suite will be one of those delayed components. Were this to happen, which of the following do you feel would be the best option for your situation when vBulletin 5 Connect launches?

  • Upgrade to vBulletin 5 Connect and possibly wait a few months until the vBulletin 5 Connect-compatible version of the Mobile Suite is ready (your current mobile app will be unusable during this period).
  • Switch to the branded version of the Forum Runner Mobile App TEMPORARILY until the vBulletin 5 Connect-compatible version of the Mobile Suite is Ready (you will need to invest $299 for setup and your members would need to download the new app). When the new Mobile Suite app is ready, you will be able to switch back. The Mobile Suite’s annual renewal fee, due on the date of your ORIGINAL purchase, is $99.

This rankled up customers who were promised that vBulletin 5 was going to be released by the end of the year, with the same features of vBulletin 4.  In addition, it proves that vBulletin didn’t really think about its recent purchase of the Forum Runner forum applcation, which provides the same features, and can directly compete with, the vBulletin Mobile Suite. Invision Brands is in such a mess, they moved almost all vBulletin 4 development (including the mobile suite) to work on vBulletin 5. That means the buggy mobile suite won’t be fixed for a while, if at all, because vBulletin 5 is to be released within 4 months. On top of that, the next version of vBulletin 4 (4.2.1) is ready to be released, but can’t because it is dependent on the mobile suite changes being released.

It  appears vBulletin customers saw this type of thing coming, even questioning Invision Brand’s intent to keep the mobile suite development going after it had made the Forum Runner purchase.

Lawrence Cole, marketing and operations manager of vBulletin, finally responded with a confirmation that the version of vB 5 won’t have the same features as vB 4 when it’s released….

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Thinking of buying vBulletin 4? Hold off, vBulletin 5 is just around the corner!

vBulletin is a licensed forum software package that has been stagnant and bug-ridden since version 4 was released in 2009.

Joe Rosenblum, CTO of Internet Brands, has promised that the next version of vBulletin (version 5) will be released “later this year [2012]”.

If you were holding off on upgrading your vBulletin 3.x due to the reported problems and lack of features of vBulletin 4, there shouldn’t be any need to upgrade until vBulletin 5 is available for public scrutiny.

vBulletin 4 licensing allows an individual to pay for a license and receive all updates and bug fixes during that vB4 life cycle. vBulletin 5 licensing hasn’t been announced, but it will almost certainly carry a different license to purchase.

Why pay for a vBulletin4 license, and then have to pay for a separate vBulletin5 license  within 6 months?

 

vBulletin to Unveil its Next Version at ForumCon

The next version of vBulletin will be launched later this year. It will entail a next-generation forum product with a modernized community experience. The product will provide increasing social functionality, improving content management and streamlining site set-up and administration.

The worldwide introduction of the new version of vBulletin will be made at a special press event at ForumCon, just before the kick off of the day’s formal agenda.  Media, developers, and forum owners that are interested in a first look at the newest product can arrive early for the event which will kick off at 8:15am.

Also, vBulletin will be extending a $25 discount to all ForumCon attendees that are interested in purchasing the newest version when it is formally released!  Be on the lookout for your unique discount code in your registration packet you receive upon arrival.