Just popped back to see the results of the change in forum software a few months ago. Within the big stereophile picture, is it considered enough of an issue to consider further changes?
The present format sucks big time!!!!! No attachments and no smilies are allowed. Whoever did the new format should be sued for accepting money under false pretenses.
Indeed, the new forum software is poor and a worse for users than the previous software. User activity has reduced since it's introduction. I suspect the people implementing the change always knew it was poor forum software (is it blog comment software adapted for forum use?) but it was part of a wider range of changes which may well have been beneficial overall.
Now that Stereophile has been able to measure the effect of the changes I was wondering if they are going to invest further and address many of the users issues by perhaps reverting to more "normal" forum format/software or perhaps continuing with the present setup and accepting a somewhat reduced role for the forum.
It is hard from the outside to judge the costs and benefits of the forum to Stereophile. Not many hi-fi publications run particularly successful forums and some that have in the past like Hi-Fi Choice have let them die.
I hate to judge before all the facts are in but it appears that the problem has been isolated. :-)