Free forum software will ALWAYS be behind paid forum software. The simple fact that paid forum software is where people get to sit behind a desk for 8 hours a day will always put them ahead of the free guys.I mean really who wants to convert from IPB/vB and have to fork out potentially up to the cost of keeping thier vB/IPB license for MYBB plugins so they can have the same features which is in most cases already built into vB/IPB? Yeah several people forget there is now around 7-8 (maybe 9 ) people doing that 5 dollar bit which add's up to about the cost ( if you need all of them ) of continued support/updates with a vB/IPB license.
The mere fact that you would change from going from a paid forum software to a free forum software means that you are changing to a different species of forum software. Forum Software's aim is NOT to be a free version of a paid forum software. So if you think that is what you are getting, then you are very much mistaken.
Why shouldn't you pay? Don't you live in a capitalist society where everything is about paying for stuff? In fact, the Open Source community is for paying for things. Why shouldn't people make a profit off of the time, blood, and sweat they pour into things they make?Or why should anyone in thier right mind wanna convert from PHPBB/SMF where all of this stuff is free and same support?
If you go to work everyday and make money and come home and complain that people actually try to make a living, then that just makes you look like a pompous fool.
NO ONE forces you to buy those plugins. If your LOOKING for a vB/IPB feature set, then GO BUY IPB OR vB and stop complaining about it. Free forum software and paid forum software are two different species and always will be.Not to mention thats alot of people/places to keep track of. And alot of these same guys who are pro paid plugins often wonder why there is hardly any decent/quality/professional sites using MYBB. It is really ashame because as said alot of times MYBB itself is very good software and has alot more POTENTIAL then all the rest. And nobody sees this which is really ashame. I am just thankfull that my MYBB forum doesnt need any of that stuff.
Just because it's free, doesn't mean it is better. Let me pull you into an alternative reality, just for a second. Imagine a completely free MyBB, where everything that applies to MyBB has to be free. What does that mean? We have plugin authors who don't actually have to be accountable for their maintenance and support of plugins, because they are free. We don't have professional, paid-for security audits, because if you can't fish up 5$ then why should MyBB spend potentially thousands of dollars, out-of-pocket?And how are they missing out at the others if the feature is already there and free? Sorry but that makes zero sense.
This entire world relies on spending money. The small percent of the population who are able and want to create things for free, at the expense of sacrificing their own free time, is the extreme generosity that you shouldn't take as a necessity and instead be extremely grateful for.