This will be a strange question/statement, but I am looking for information so I came here. I am the admin of a UBB board but basically just do a lot of housekeeping, watch for spammers and keep people in line. I can do a lot within the CP, but I certainly can't install a new version.
I belong to another board which is a group of UBB owners and operators who get and share a lot of information on UBB. So, it is a UBB board for people who own UBBs.
As such, there is the owner/admin and a few others on the board who are wizards at UBB. Installing a new version is nothing and, in fact, I have had my last two versions installed for a minimum amount of money. Besides having the latest version in anything, there is a particularly bad bug right now that is fixed by 7.5.8.
Making it more difficult is that the two people I have used have turned out to not be the easiest to work with and, therefore, I don't work with them. It's too bad, because one of them could do anything. Once, there was a hack of the board, which, of course, caused quite a stir as a good many users had their emails stolen, which should have been encrypted in the first place. Any way, this just seemed to enrage the admin from the other board who, rather than help, just continued to call us stupid so I stopped dealing with him. He made a comment to me, which was that you can go ahead and make me a user and I can make myself an admin any way. I don't see how as you can't access the control panel as a user, but I deleted his account just the same.
Making things tougher is the fact that that our host admin doesn't seem to be very adept at these things as he should be the one taking care of updates.
So, my questions are can someone who is extremely knowledgeable and adept with UBB be able to make himself an admin? (I just don't think so). And, are there people out there that are capable of updating a version for a board (and of course there are), who would for a price do something like that. Or do you think they just wouldn't be comfortable working on someone else's board.