Why anyone would run an insecure, buggy, slow and inefficient piece of crap like PHPBB is anybody’s guess.
The reasons (which we’ve been over time and time again) is because PHPbb was slow, inefficient and was insecure. There were no mature, stable, efficient and easy to migrate to forums that were both OSS or FOSS that had the features or the easy expandability that we really needed. Timothy & Co. can write plugins for vBulletin without having to hack up the core of the software like he had to with phpbb.
And of course there’s tons of features that make day-to-day moderation loads easier.
FOSS != quality.
And as for the old look, we’ve been over that before too, our current look is temporary! We’re working on a new template. The old name, elysiun, wasn’t indicative of what we do. BlenderArtists is far more informational.
What happened with “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?
See above, it was broke! Just because you guys didn’t see what was going on in the background doesn’t mean it was FUBAR.
Oh and if you have some 3 letter words/phrases/acronyms you think we should add, let us know!
BTW, Elysiun.com still works, but we are changing the name to BlenderArtists.