You should install Vanilla forums instead.. I've just started using another forum which uses Vanilla and it really helps a lot with bypasses the aging, outdated forum problemhttp://phonelosers.com/vanilla/
It updates the forum format to a 2.0 style
I set up Vanilla, just to see what it's like. I don't really see what's "2.0" about it. It seems kind of featureless, really. There aren't a lot of plugins or themes for it and I'm not sure what switching to it would achieve. Feel free to set up an account on it and make a bunch of posts and try to convince me I'm wrong.
Also, the tool that imports data from other forums doesn't support SMF v2.x yet, so I can't move posts/users to it. There is support for SMF v1.x so I would think 2.x is coming eventually. I wonder if I could import to some other forum software and then import that to Vanilla.
I'm all for switching to something new. We've been using SMF for about 6 years now and a fresh look would be kind of nice. I doubt that switching to anything will change the fact that the forums everywhere are kind of dead these days, but I'm still willing to do it. I'm just not sure Vanilla is the best thing for us.
About all the old posts on these forums - no matter what we switch to, I will always keep these posts up somewhere. If I have to keep SMF up separately, I will do that. I promise not to EvilCal our old posts. It'd be nice if whatever new software we move to could just import the old stuff, but I'm fine with just creating an archive of them too.
It might be a good idea to start fresh, just because the MySQL database file is currently 55 megs. I don't know if I huge file size eventually slows things down on a MySQL database. Does it?