For me, you have to abandon V2 or else you have to choose to stay on something that will be obsolete after a while or that will stabilize without major updates. Why not ? It’s a choice.
For my part, I would like to upgrade to V3 either with persona on bootstrap5 which won’t change a lot in terms of design or switch to the Harmony theme which I find very beautiful and modern at first sight. I must see the theme in live and test it before take a decision.
On the other hand, I already know that a lot of users will be disconcerted or even very surprised or will stop coming to the forum.
There too it is a choice.
– Personna or Harmony in V3, in both cases, it’s going to be a crazy job (less for Personna):
First of all, we will of course have to be sure that all the plugins we use work correctly with this version (or wait until they do, which would leave time to worry about other things)
You will then have to code from scratch (if Harmony) or adapt (persona) all the CSS themes already present with the Switcher theme. In my opinion the ideal will be to start from scratch because a good part of the CSS classes will no longer exist and there will be new ones
–> Anyway I would wait at least for the first stable release before coding anything in CSS or functionality.
–> So by the time all the plugin devs update, harmony is fine-tuned and everything said above is coded correctly, it won’t be before the end of 2023 in my opinion that it will be in production without bugs.
–> Of course all this will have to be done on a development VM. I just installed mine with nodeBB 3.0.0 alpha 3
I expect a lot on the improvement of the chat system or the global chat plugin.
It is a very appreciated function and not badly used on our forum (we like to discuss without going through other platforms)