Ummmm .... kinda, but different. DEFINITELY no reeds, but some clever use of the electronics that you're looking at right now.
We're just about ready now .... and I'll get started with the database backups and conversions late tonight - sometime after midnight Pacific. HOPEFULLY, everything will be done by tomorrow evening.
We've had a couple of forum members helping us with testing this week, who I'll invite to share their opinion here on how things are looking and what you can expect.
Thanks again, in advance, for your patience this weekend. I'm confident that you'll find it was worth the interruption.
Thanks John. After pounding on the new site for a few days I've been itching to make comments here.
Simply, I'm very impressed (or, maybe, I'm simple so I'm easily impressed).
The site's interface has a new look and feel, for sure, but it's still mostly familiar.
There are goodies like a "Quick Reply" pane that's resident on each post screen, a "hover" feature that lets you see the first or last post of each thread just by hovering over the topic, and a chat-type pane to post quick comments on a side bar.
One note: for any of you using Windows XP (not 93 like I originally thought, John) you'll find the fonts colors and most functionality beyond just reading thread topics is mostly useless. My company still uses XP and it looks like I'll become much more productive at my desk beginning next week!
While I originally thought that John D. and staff had done ALL the programming - and apparently they're using a third party's shell - John was able to change the few bugs I found and improve the site even more.
I think you all will, with a little practice, really enjoy the new site (despite the few here who pee on their own corn flakes each morning and seem to complain about just about anything).
Oh! One addition that I still don't understand is rating the "reputation" of each poster/member. Somehow this lets you filter what you see by reputation rating so you don't waste your time on cornflakes pee-ers. I'll be anxious to see how this works once everyone can rate everyone else's reputation.
Good job, John. Kudo's from me anyway.