As a new user to the system, the system will recognize that you've been in a thread, and the next time you come back, remember where you were. Even on long threads. I'm not sure what 100's of pages has to do about anything. If you had a 100 pages on the old site, you would have to click 100 times to get through all pages. On the new site, you scroll/mouse down, which you were already doing on the old site.
I think if the content makes sense and is interesting, you'll scroll, just like you clicked through pages on the old site.
Vbulletin, at least our version hit a point of no development by the developers. The only thing being developed were security patches and even those were infrequent. We thought about an upgrade several years ago, but even back then, their newest flagship product didn't suit our needs.
As for the spam, that is a problem, and we're hopeful that once users get to know the system better, it will solve itself. Now, rather than waiting for a moderator to clear the spam, members at Trust Level 3 (TL3) can flag a post made by a new user (TL0) and it automatically gets hidden (along with every other post by that user). Anything flags made by members that are below TL3 will require 3 flags and the post is hidden and flagged for moderation (this may be reduced to 2 to aid in moderation). That's a big change from vBulletin.
Change is difficult for some. We can understand that. We just ask you give the new system a chance, and we think you'll find that it outshines vBulletin on many levels.
Is that a compliment?
We're on day 3 and into a weekend where traffic is always lower. Maybe give it just a tad longer before calling in the doom and gloom?
Thanks for the feedback everybody.