(Afraid to mess with the code) so (Will be willing to mess with an upgrade)
(Don't have time to mod) so (Will have time to upgrade)
(Don't understand modding) so (Will understand upgrading)
"Have installed too many styles" is the most amusing one. Tech savy enough to install styles, but not mods?
But of course, my concept of "They just don't care. They just want a working board." is seen as "Not thought out".
You might have asked me why
I believe this to be so before dismissing it out of hand.
Think of it this way: A person with a 1994 Honda Accord may not have added a bunch of after-market parts to make it perform better. That doesn't mean they wouldn't want a brand new car with all the snazzy new features, though.
It also doesn't mean they want to deal with the hassle of destroying their old car and building a new one when the old car works fine. Gets you from A to B.
Have you ever installed phpbb? Installing phpbb consists of uploading a folder, going to your site, entering your information, and...oh right...that's it.
Have you ever installed a mod? Installing a mod entails opening file after file after file after file. Searching through each one of these files and finding codes that these people may or may not understand. Then they have to change these codes. During this code-changing process, if they miss one little parenthasis while copy/pasting, then it can stop the board from working completely
. Since installing phpbb requires absoutely no knowledge of php
as a language...they wouldn't neccessarily know even where
to look to fix this new problem.
Yeah, I guess you're right. Installing mods is certainly as easy as upgrading a board. </sarcasm>
As for the "time" issue...come on! Installing just one
mod manually can sometimes take over an hour. That's probably more than 10 times as long as simply upgrading to phpbb3.0 will take. And that's just for one mod
! PHPBB3.0 will include a freakin' ton
of things that would need to be "modded" otherwise.
As for your version of the car metaphor:
Modding is actually the one that's like "building a car."
Upgrading is like getting out of one car, and stepping into another.