Each of us is somewhere on the tech spectrum, from fluent (10) to illiterate (0) & Iíd place myself around 3. I only have this old desktop computer & I seem to emit some powerful forcefield that renders any other communication device inoperable Ė thatís right, I actually donít HAVE a cell/mobile phone any more. And the older I get, the more intensely I dislike change so I have nothing but empathy for those having difficulties.
And yet, last night armed only with a gmail account I managed to sign up on the new forum, set preferences and avatar, open a new topic and drag three images straight from my desktop and drop them into the post. The whole process took say 20 minutes after which I had to take a long nap. It seems that for once, for comparative dummies like me, the KISS principle actually works.
One of the better places to look first on the new site for help is in the General Discussions forum/Site Feedback/ĒImage posting guidelines and helpful tipsĒ thread. The most obvious and welcome benefit is pasting images straight from your device into posts, thus dispensing with 3rd-party image hosts forever.
I canít say I like the new format & Iím not sure if itíll look better or worse once the ads will (presumably) populate. Navigating within the site feels like pinning the tale on the donkey but I guess Iíll wise up eventually. Itís a shame the necessary technical changes couldnít have been made without dispensing with the old familiar formatÖalthough while I got used to & even grew to like it, I do remember thinking when I first signed up in 2016 that it was way too crowded and confusing thenÖwhich I guess is just reminding me I havenít got any younger in the interim.
Itís a wrench to leave the 20-odd year history behind, Iím not altogether clear from comments Jimís made in various places how accessible the archived site will be into the future. Iím hoping/assuming everyone who has an active thread/campaign can just start in the new forum with a link to the previous history to keep the continuity (?) Anyway letís not forget the debt we owe Jim & others for maintaining these excellent sites as weíre dragged kicking & screaming into the inevitable Present.