Don't think that I'm white-knighting for the ECF because I'm not, there are still a great many policies and attitudes here that keep me from being the regular user I once was, but I'm sure the reason for the change-over to the new forum software was for reasons that we as users can't see. The new system is undoubtedly more efficient and scalable on the back end, the sigbanner-thwarting caching system clearly exists to save bandwidth and reduce costs there, may have better support than the old vBulletin, etc etc. As users we only see the skin around the outside, there are a great many guts below it that we are not privvy to, and if everything works right, we never even think about. Maintaining a community of tens (hundreds?) of thousands of users is no small task, and if the new system makes that more manageable, then it's a worthwhile endeavor.