Well I'm not member of the team.. just a user..
By curiosity i just downloaded 3.8 beta and blog 2 beta 4..
I did a fresh install on my localhost
i then installed a fresh downloaded version 2.43 of vbgallery..
i uploaded 4 pictures.. and added 3 replies to each...
works like a charm!! no newreply issue at all
The only thing i changed in standard config was that images and posts are not moderated for regged users and admins. And that unregged users cannot upload or reply to images..