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When this version was released, it had numerous new features over v Bulletin 1, which it replaced.
Improvements include private messaging between users, attaching polls to threads, unlimited forum nesting, user avatars, and a user control panel. Initially, version 3.0 was intended to be an extension of the 2.x release that would improve performance and user experience.
As their site grew, they noticed that their software, written in Perl using a flat-file database, could not always cope with the number of users they had.
In February 2000, the two decided that it would be better to write their own solution as both were unfamiliar with the software's code and thus unable to optimize it.
Initially, it was designed solely as a rewrite of UBB, in PHP using My SQL, and was meant only for their own forum.
Other UBB owners expressed interest in the solution, and they offered to sell it to Infopop, but their proposal was rejected.
In order to achieve this goal, the largest v Bulletin development team ever assembled is now working within an Agile development process, allowing us to deliver new features into your hands faster.
Version 3.8 introduced more new features, such as social group discussions, social group categories, private message sorting and filtering options, private message history, quick edit for newer types of content (visitor messages and picture comments), social group icons, social group transfers, a private message quick reply box, private message throttling (limit messages sent over a time period), private message reporting, profile privacy (limit blocks to a subset of users), lightbox navigation, thread prefix permissions, and dismissible notices.In August, we announced a major overhaul of the code base.Rather than targeting all of these changes in a single, long-term release, we intend to accomplish all the planned improvements over a number of versions.The latest stable release of v Bulletin 3 is 3.8.11 which was released on 10th May 2017, and is a maintenance and compatibility release (for PHP 7.x compatibility).v Bulletin 4 was described in this announcement as "an extensive rewrite of the v Bulletin system.