Thank you, David, for your response. I'll monitor this forum for a while. If I start noticing that it's too much work to deal with spammers trying to register (this is relatively under control for now - hope I haven't jinxed anything by saying that) or if upgrading to a new version becomes necessary, I'll fold it.
But I'm lazy and chances are that I'll just do my usual nothing at all.
David wrote:if nobody uses the forum, Facebook could be the next best thing until they mess it up, as I'm sure they will.
This is exactly what I'm thinking will happen. My main objections to Facebook are:
<ol><li>what David said (topics pushed out of sight)</li> <li>it is exclusive, so any discussions are confined to the "friends". Here, anyone can see/join the discussion.</li><li>limit to number of characters per answer making things very difficult for the verbose. I mean really, when two words will do, why choose only one?
</li><li>zero stomping cat, yo-yoing pig, hulahooping cow, rope-jumping sheep smileys</li><li>ads galore on the sidebar (how many ads do you see here?)</li><li>constant distractions badgering people to add or poke friends, take quizzes, tattoo or cartoonize profile photos, etc. etc. ad nauseum.</li>
So... have YOU backed up your files lately? And defragged too!?