Was browsing through google, and saw this site: vbulletin rant
I do agree with him in some sense, but personally, the new features help to keep everyone active IMO.
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I hate the bloat too. One day they'll look around and realize no one with large forums uses their software because the performance blows.
I have to disagree. Forums have always been a social network, regardless of the new features. These new features will help a site, as they get other people interacting more. The only downside is, there maybe more posts going into 'visitor messages' than the forums.