EXreaction wrote:Both of you are correct, 3.1 is taking significantly longer than it should have, but also, we simply do not have the resources on the development team necessary for significantly faster development. There are currently very few developers on the team and all of us are extremely busy with everything we have going on--school, work, life in general. phpBB is something we enjoy working on in the time we have, but it doesn't pay our bills or help us get good grades. We realize there are issues with the release cycle we've had and we're working on changing that, however we still have our limitations of being a volunteer organization--especially so since we're distributed around the world and can't physically work together on problems.
So, revenue generated by Forumatic, the hosting company owned by the Project Manager and the Development Leader of phpBB, has not be put toward the phpBB community via full time developers, events and other productive endeavors, backing up the team and improving development time? Yet this is what was announced
to prevent this exact issue. And since nearly two years of broken promises, they continue to benefit from free advertising, to make money, while in the meantime the phpBB project dies. Nice management.
I'm also a former team member and, like wGEric, I spent (and I always do as translator) many years as contributor. And I am also saddened to see what becomes the project. As long as things do not evolve, in the current state of things, the project does not attract new developers, or not enough to replace leaving team members. It only survives because the open source forum softwares are (almost) nonexistent. Just because of that.
I also feel there is no more passion behind this project. But I would still like to thank the current contributors, for their work and especially their courage, because I know they only do that for the love of the software and for the users. Although I think it is only delaying the inevitable.