I'm inclined to say that I have to spend much more time here to fully understand what the new platform has to offer. The first couple of visits, I was finding myself getting a bit frustrated with the changes, as I had to relearn the site's navigation, and a whole slew of new tools which were unfamiliar to me. I'm one of those folks who likes to remain in a comfort zone, and doesn't like to see change...that's just me, and I'm sure there are many more members who feel the same.
I will say this to everyone fighting the discomfort I have experienced: give it some time...start posting your qviews and browsing around more, so that you can enjoy the benefits of what this new platform can do for all of us who visit. I was kind of in the dumps at first, just like when the server crash hit more than a year ago...yea, that was a nightmare. I feel that this platform change will get much more info gathered collectively, and create an environment where this info will be much more easily accessible to everyone.
The Wiki is pretty cool, I think. It's a much better way to circulate info on a particular subject than just posting it to a forum and reading through all of the replies. Searching for info will be much simpler, once everyone gets rolling with it.
After posting some pics into a thread and finding out how to manage the albums (bottom of "My Profile"), I feel this is a very nice feature. I was using Photobucket, and previously, postimage.org to host my photos, but, I was using them for my posts here on the forum, and for no other reason. Having a dedicated on-site album does save having to jump through some hoops when posting pics directly from your PC to the forum...a very nice addition in my books. I don't need PB anymore!
Folks, hang in there...I'm still learning much about the changes, right along with everyone else, and I'm not throwing in the towel.
I'm voting a thumbs-up, because I know I want to learn and share much more about smoking meats, and I am now much more eager about conquering the learning curve of the new layout. The new platform is just a stepping stone for me to continue doing what I love to do, and hopefully be able to do it better, along with everyone else who posts their experiences, advice, methods, etc here. I'll be around through thick & thin. This is still my second family, after-all, and it's people that make it a friendly and enjoyable place to visit.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone keep coming back!
Many great smokes to all!