One fix at a time
I don't have ads when logged in so none of that bothers me. I didn't have any when I was a lifetime member before so maybe some settings carried. If I'm not logged in yes there are tons of ads.If by 'works much better' I assume you're referring to Xenforo's ability to deliver ad content to users? More user activity..? I logged in here for the first time in a few weeks and there's been maybe 100 new posts? The ability to copy/paste to embed images is nice, but hardly an equitable trade off for the loss of iTrader rating, advanced search capability, etc..
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Also, there's more activity than Eric's threads. That's what most of the activity before for awhile was. There are more users posting different threads than there were before so that says something. Maybe there aren't more posts. I don't really pay that much attention but there are more threads at least and the e-mail notifications for new replies in a thread actually work this time.