as promised, here's the first status update.
yesterday i finished importing our current DB, the only things that couldn't be moved were the avatars and signatures, so no big deal, only about 50 posts or so weren't ported too (i took the liberty of deleting the admin sections since it was effort to modify permissions at the time ;p)
you can reach the "beta" version of the new forum in http://butthurt-challenge.com/ don and i will be using it as a playground to start moving/adding features. i want to remind you all that the expected date for the forum to be officially out is the 1st of july (and even that isn't 100% confirmed). i removed the permissions for all users so you cant make new threads or post since there's no real need to test that, as time progresses and addons are changed i will allow to do those things on different sections to test the new features, the reason i am allowing you all to see it is so you can see the progress as it goes.
please use this thread to discuss the changes and to propose some of them.
edit: i forgot to mention, another thing that didn't get ported was passwords, thats because vB and PHPBB use diff password encryption methods, if you want to have access to your account you will have to request a password change (already tested - it works)