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You always need to test something before using it.
That is quite logical.
If such a plugin offers instability and updates issues, those would or should be mentioned somewhere.
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It still targets PHP 5.3, which last release was almost 7 years ago, which already opens some potential security vulnerabilities by itself, and then the whole thing is still built in such an old way that it hurts my soul just reading it, which makes it very hard to update without breaking, and it's fairly fragile security-wise (if you don't know exactly what you're doing, you will be opening the forum to all sorts of security issues).
So I can understand Metalfist's concerns to a good degree.
Code like this is not easy to upgrade and modify without compromising security and compatibility with future updates, it's that bad.
Having that said though, as long as the mods are PHP-side only, and they don't actually change anything in the database itself, it will always be possible to migrate to future phpBB versions.
And something like an auto-merge feature should be something fairly easy to do involving nothing else other than PHP-side extensions or mods, and which will at most disappear with an update, at which point it just needs to be done again, but it won't really break anything or make the forum security worse than it already is.
So I would say, just go for it.
If you have concerns, you can link me to the code itself, and once I have a bit of time I can review to tell whether or not the code is reliable.
I don't know almost anything about phpBB itself, as I never used it myself and its code quality also acts a repellent for me, but I have been doing PHP programming for almost 10 years now, so I can at least review it.
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