Thank you for clearing up a few of my concerns. I guess I have got so used to the old format and being an old dog find it hard to accept change. I did find the old format a lot easier to navigate around.
I fully agree about postings being hi-jacked and used for off topic stuff and for slagging off others choice of towcar, caravan etc. Therefore I agree a change was quite necessary to quell the waters.
This new style can take a bit of getting used to David and new posts seemed easier to spot on the old forum because they were shown at the top. We could really do with a 'new post' icon to flag up new posts but for the time being the time and date to the right of topics gives a good indication of when new posts or comments are added.
During the darker nights the forum often becomes busier and I'm sure that the new version of the forum will be enjoyed by all more than the old one was given time.
At least mods can actually do something on this newer version if those with less than genuine motives try to cause problems for our loyal and genuine members. Nobody should have to put up with being wound up,ridiculed or insulted as sometimes happened in times past and this will no longer happen now that we've gone all modern.
There were loads and loads of moans about the old forum: couldn't find anything; would mysteriously slow right down (like a phantom traffic jam); no emoticons, no avatars; hard for Mods to edit and worst of all folks could get on, posing as other forum members and create all sorts of upset. OK there are some bits on this new incarnation that could do with tweaking but so far I think this is much better. I was afraid it would get all flashing and hyperactive like a certain "carry on" , but it hasn't. Clearly JD and his team are overworked and rather like the phenomenon of the vanishing builder have gone off on another job before properly completing this one. This is rather irksome, but I have no idea what pressures they are under. It is up to forum members to make this forum interesting and engage and welcome new members. nuff said
Lady mel Arise, Shine!
OK there are some bits on this new incarnation that could do with tweaking but so far I think this is much better.
I am going to print this out and hang it on our wall.
Clearly JD and his team are overworked
That's one way of putting it, yes.
and rather like the phenomenon of the vanishing builder have gone off on another job before properly completing this one
Ouch. Yes, we are balancing a number of conflicting priorities (Suit: "JD, I want four new websites by the end of the year. Go."), but we're continuing to refine PCV - 15 defect fixes went into our staging environment yesterday, and would go live today if going live on Fridays wasn't banned...