I have two Ning sites operating, me with about 200 members and another with about 25
As soon as my translators are completed we will move the sites away from Ning because of the following
Forums will not display the most recent post on the front page of the topic section
Chat does not work with iPad
Forum comments Enter button does not work with iPad
The auto approve feature for new members is not permitted with the inexpensive version of the Ning plan, this really slows down new member growth at a time that it is critical to grow a site
On the whole, Ning is a good product but, these minor problems really stand in the way of the growth of a social network
Te time demands of individuals is so great these days that making a successful social network is much more difficult than it was 10 years ago. Ning is aware of all of these problems and has been aware for more than 6 months and has done nothing to resolve them
Accordingly, unless I am mistaken and these issues have been resolved we are up and away soon
Perhaps I am wrong, it would be good to have the wrong version of software and these problems are simply my indifferent administration skills
Sorry that you are unhappy. I'll try to address a few of these issues. I won't try to change your mind, and I hope you don't take my answers as spin in any way. My hope is that some of this is helpful in some way.
I'm looking at your site, and it appears you are using the Flash-based chat. That definitely will not work on an iPad. Head to the Ning Labs section of your dashboard and try out the beta chat. You'll see that one on your iPad. Or, check out the chat here on Creators on your iPad.
We have had a lot of requests for reordering forum replies in the way that you mention. We haven't made that change yet, but I think that we probably will. I will add your request to our product enhancement request. Maybe we can speed that up. I know that's one that a lot of people who are used to phpbb would like to see.
The forums are the absolute heart of a social network and the gold standard is phpbb!
Maybe it is for a free forum...vBulletin is still #1. I have run both on dedicated servers and they are not nearly as fast as the ones on Ning. We had almost 300k posts in 3 years so we heavily relied on our forums. Since switching to Ning, there has been nothing but praise about these forums.
I was able to find it in our system. I'll be in touch. Need to check with our engineers here before I report back to you. Appreciate your patience.