The Truth of Who I Am

Before I start anything, let me welcome you. Welcome to vBtruth.com.
I want to share with you a bit of who I am. I’m a current vBulletin license holder for seven plus years now. Over these last seven years, I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the greatest community people. You might know some of the name: John Percival, Chen (Firefly), DirectPixel, Alfarin, ManagerJosh, Scott MacVicar, Mike Sullivan, Kier Darby, Steve Machol, Onimua, Xiphoid, Sinecure, and so forth. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few vBulletin owners in my lifetime, and some have become friends over the years outside of the vBulletin community
Needless to say, I’ve been here a while. But if you need a reference point, I’ve been with the vBulletin family since version 2.2.x series.
I’ve decided enough is enough, and that I can no longer keep my silence. Ultimately, I’ve decided that I need to put my thoughts out here with fellow vBulletin owners where censorship is out of the reach of Internet Brands and that I can post my thoughts without fears of reprocussions.
I will be the first person to admit that I probably should have spoken up sooner after the acquisition of Jelsoft and vBulletin. All the signs were there. Simply put, the acquisition is considered a defining moment, a crucial moment in the history of what vBulletin is. It’s a point where vBulletin will either succeed or fail.
Thus far, nothing presented has instilled any confidence whatsoever, and is further compounded by the sudden and unexpected resignation of many developers who use to work on vBulletin.
As you’ve probably figured out, I’ve seen many things during my time here with vBulletin. The changing of Project Managers. The new team members. The new faces of Jelsoft and Internet Brands. But for the moment, I want to shine a light on vBulletin 4, and what a complete and utter mess it is.
Simply put to the investors and stakeholders of Internet Brands, You should be asking questions, and asking the HARD questions. The questions shouldn’t be will I get a return on my investment, but rather are your actions maximizing my return in the best possible way? I would argue no.
It is my opinion that Internet Brands is trying to rapidly increase revenue and maximize return, however, they are going about this in a way that has certainly rubbed customers the wrong way. Certainly the bottom line is important, but the reality is that in the attempt to add more value and cash into your investments is going to leave a negative return on your investment. I will explain more and let you do the math and draw conclusions.
Internet Brands no longer has the favor of customers. Certain decisions and their outcomes have shaken the community one too many times. The goodwill has been burned through. Trust and Loyalty has been thrown out the window. Years have been invested in order to build up a solid repuitation and brand, and it has taken Internet Brands a few months to destroy it and leave many of its most loyal customers frazzled, concerned, upset, and uncertain.
Are you frazzled like me? I hope you’ll stick around and air out your dirty laundry with us.
P.S. Special Thanks to a few vBulletin friends who stepped up to provide hosting and domains. We’re rather grateful they’re sticking out their necks a bit to provide some space for us.

Before I start anything, let me welcome you. Welcome to vBtruth.com.

I want to share with you a bit of who I am. I’m a current vBulletin license holder for seven plus years now. Over these last seven years, I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the greatest community people. You might know some of the name: John Percival, Chen (Firefly), DirectPixel, Alfarin, Scott MacVicar, Mike Sullivan, Kier Darby, Steve Machol, Onimua, Xiphoid, Sinecure, and so forth. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few vBulletin owners in my lifetime, and some have become friends over the years outside of the vBulletin community

Needless to say, I’ve been here a while. But if you need a reference point, I’ve been with the vBulletin family since version 2.2.x series.

I’ve decided enough is enough, and that I can no longer keep my silence. Ultimately, I’ve decided that I need to put my thoughts out here with fellow vBulletin owners where censorship is out of the reach of Internet Brands and that I can post my thoughts without fears of reprocussions.

I will be the first person to admit that I probably should have spoken up sooner after the acquisition of Jelsoft and vBulletin. All the signs were there. Simply put, the acquisition is considered a defining moment, a crucial moment in the history of what vBulletin is. It’s a point where vBulletin will either succeed or fail.

Thus far, nothing presented has instilled any confidence whatsoever, and is further compounded by the sudden and unexpected resignation of many developers who use to work on vBulletin and other significant actions that have completely undermined the confidence of all license holders.

As you’ve probably figured out, I’ve seen many things during my time here with vBulletin. The changing of Project Managers. The new team members. The new faces of Jelsoft and Internet Brands. But for the moment, I want to shine a light on vBulletin 4, and what a complete and utter mess it is.

Simply put to the investors and stakeholders of Internet Brands, You should be asking questions, and asking the HARD questions. The questions shouldn’t be will I get a return on my investment, but rather are your actions maximizing my return in the best possible way? I would argue no.

It is my opinion that Internet Brands is trying to rapidly increase revenue and maximize return, however, they are going about this in a way that has certainly rubbed customers the wrong way. Certainly the bottom line is important, but the reality is that in the attempt to add more value and cash into your investments is going to leave a negative return on your investment. I will explain more and let you do the math and draw conclusions.

Internet Brands no longer has the favor of customers. Certain decisions and their outcomes have shaken the community one too many times. The goodwill has been burned through. Trust and Loyalty has been thrown out the window. Years have been invested in order to build up a solid repuitation and brand, and it has taken Internet Brands a few months to destroy it and leave many of its most loyal customers frazzled, concerned, upset, and uncertain.

Are you frazzled like me? I hope you’ll stick around and air out your dirty laundry with us.

P.S. Special Thanks to a few vBulletin friends who stepped up to provide hosting and domains. We’re rather grateful they’re sticking out their necks a bit to provide some space for us.

  • Nice article mate. Also good to see another person airing exactly how they feel about Internet Brands and their real hidden agenda with vBulletin (Jelsoft).

    I’ve also wrote an article along the same lines as this on my Blog also. Had a few comments also saying they are not happy about things.

  • I’m glad you found it enlightening. Thanks for reposting it.

  • Tito

    Woow, its sad….

    Exactly the same happened to asterisk@home
    Was bought by Fonality, changed to TrixBox and changed the philosophy…

    It was a MAYOR disaster for them…
    Thankfully PIAF created by a group of coders and EX-users of TrixBox came out to set the standard…

    I just hope that the old Vbulletin team decide to come out with a new option…

  • This was a train wreck for IB in terms of PR. The way it was handled was amateur to the very start of it. Having a presale with no viewable or testable demo, was insane!

  • vb1.1

    I am so disappointed by all of this. I first purchased vB in January, 01. Everyone was so helpful, especially Mike, Freddie, Tubedogg, Chris, the list goes on and on. It really endeared me to the product, being able to get questions answered directly from the developers! It just doesn’t get any better than that! I really can’t believe this is happening. I too realized a shift in energy with the sale of Jelsoft, but hoped for the best. This is terrible for me and my site. As long as I’ve been a forum owner, seems I should have become more proficient in coding and such, but who had to with such a great and generous community. Now that all seems to be ending. I am very disappointed. Did I mention that already? It’s not even about the money, though I don’t have much, but more importantly it’s the message of the future that is being sent today. All that I’ve come to know and love about vBulletin, seems to be dying right before my eyes. I’ve read all of the comments on vb.com and .org, never posting myself. It just seemed useless to add my words to an already chaotic scene. So, I thank you vbtruth for putting this site up, and letting me at least vent. Thank You.

  • Good on you for letting the World know what a bunch of crooks IB and VB are, for my part in criticising them I am now Banned and my Licence has been revoked.
    In one post they mention not merging complaints threads as they would be accused of Censorship and Deletion, guess what, they have censored and deleted almost all of the complaints from public view.
    Steve Machol is seeing his lawyer today concerning my changing the footer on my website, they say the truth hurts.

  • Depends what you changed on the footer. If you violated that copyright tag, I’m not sure anyone could really sympathize.