What do I want? I want all our old threads/posts back from >18 months ago. I want the same level of capability/functionality to search all the old posts that we had before the change. I want all the old links restored so they aren't broken. But no, they're gone. They're all gone. I invested literally thousands of hours on this website over many many years. And hundreds of other folks can no doubt say the same thing -- it's not just me. So, there's hundreds of thousands of hours worth of documented knowledge and insights and recipes and anything else you can think that a homebrewing forum should have.... and it's all lost. There was an enormous wealth of information, and it is apparently lost forever, not searchable.
But, no one cares. No one appreciates what has come before. Out with the old, and in with the new & less functional. And they didn't pay attention to the feedback or do anything to address it when the changes were first made. That's what really bugs me to no end. I find it very disrespectful to us old fuddy-duddies who were constantly on this forum every day for many years.
All I want is for someone in a position of power to care, and maybe to apologize... and maybe, just maybe, even to do something about it.
That's why I come back and "troll". I'm not a total ass. I didn't make me this way. Lord knows I am generally quite jolly and respectful. I really just want to see if the old posts are ever going to be restored, and if the site might ever be improved in some manner so that I might come back. I want to be able to access the vast stores of past knowledge. But, it appears to be all gone permanently, and assuming that is so, it is an indisputable travesty.
Guess I'm just a grumpy old dude from the glory days of the NB forum. Pay no attention to the grumpy old dude from the glory days of the NB forum.
No, that's not it. We're not appreciated. I feel we've been disrespected, and in a very nonchalant and ignorant manner, and no one has the guts to say anything about it but me and maybe a half dozen others. Then when we do say something, the thread gets locked or deleted or whatever.
Get it now? When access to all the old stuff was lost, it was a huge slap in the face of all of us. And now, of course I don't want to contribute any longer! Because, well, heck, why should I bother to say anything helpful at all. It will probably all be ignored and/or deleted tomorrow anyway.
I'm sorry it had to be this way, really I am. I would love for this place to get better. If it does I might come back, and I'd promise to be my old jovial self again. But I feel no one cares. If they did, they'd listen and do something. SOMETHING.
If it makes you all happy, I guess I'll just not come back anymore. I've said my full and true peace now. Take it or leave it I guess. But I really would love for this place to get better. I mean that sincerely.
P.S. In response to your previous comment about $43, the AHA forum does NOT cost $43/year. It is completely free to join and contribute to their forum. I was on it for many years before finally paying them any dues. But we digress.