I do hope SMF gets itself sorted out and perhaps makes its decision making more transparent and democratic - to stop losing staff.
It is falling behind too much and failing dedicated volunteers.
The most popular portal and always in the top 4 of mods, may well be closing its doors next year because there is no demand... people are moving away from SMF and it is not attracting people as it was before.
Another stalwart supporter of SMF with a portal has recently forked 2.1 and left in frustration.
I have been using SMF since 2010 when there was so much optimism. I do not want to make these comments but what else can people do... the management system is not working and not fixing it will just continue to hold back SMF.
A few comments from someone that was around before SMF back in the YaBB SE days...
The web is not what it used to be and Forums aren't what they used to be. I could probably write a thesis on this topic but simply stated -- With the advent of social media and available platforms, forums aren't what they used to be. I was involved in LOTS of forums 10-15 years ago that were incredibly active. A lot of this is because it was a new concept and people loved focused communities, the new options it allowed, etc. Flash forward, we have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, etc. etc and in order to have a successful forum, you often need a niche to cater to...
All of that being said, I have paid attention to SMF through the years and the output/script has been incredibly solid.
I get where some people may be coming from in a sense of insecurity if they are building their paid services around it. I totally get that. But at the end of the day, SMF has been a rock-solid platform.
Kudos to the team and volunteers. I think there's tremendous things to come but to the "old-school" forum vets, I think the world has changed a bit.
I'd love to hear your feedback (mods - split if needed)