In fairness, it seems that a lot of what makes the overall vibe/feeling of this forum so uniquely civil and welcoming....is probably the fact the website IS so basic and outdated.
The internet seemed to be a lot more friendly place before social media got so "caffeinated," so to speak.
If this forum's somewhat ponderous posting mechanics/protocol serve to frustrate a little bit over time, they're also likely serving the purpose of making each of us a little bit more thoughtful and considered with what we do end up posting.
And ya know what ---
---- that "little bit of extra effort" that it takes to make a post on here...it might be that very thing that makes all the difference....and what helps keep this forum and community so solid, supportive, and elegant. All that stuff you hear about "before you respond to someone, take a deep breath...."
Don't know about you, but the last time I poked my nose into Facebook, I really didn't like the tone of what I found. So it might not be the best "model" of a website to emulate. This SMB forum is a pretty highly-cherished oasis from that, a rare and special respite from the highly-charged tone of other online social interactions.
Just saying....sometimes old-fashioned isn't a completely terrible thing.
(I'm not back-tracking on my agreement that there's a need to address basic functionality ailments though....)
Seriously. I love what you guys and gals have built here. Hiccups aside this is pretty damn great group of quality individuals engaged in kickass supportive and curious/inventive dialogue. Long may it run!