I'm running VB402PL4. I use this addon, VSA Advanced Forum Statistics to display the latest active threads. It works fine when Vbseo is not active.
But when I enable Vbseo (vBSEO 3.5.0 RC2), the Latest Threads don't work anymore.
I don't know why extra '=' is added, but it's done AFTER Adv. Stats links are generated.
So this is something which can not be fixed in VSa - Advanced Forum Statistics.
See the related thread: vBulletin.org Forum - View Single Post - VSa - Advanced Forum Statistics (AJAX)
So, I hope it doesn't become a classic ping pong case, of one developper bouncing the ball to the other developper.