Robert, I didn't mean to start a brohaha and am sorry I created more devisiveness. I hope you know how much I repect and appreciate the work and expense you've endured to create A2K.
I have to comment on your statement about only a tiny number of my thousands of posts were voted down. That's because there were no vote downs prior to the new site. Almost very one of my new posts on the new site were voted down. But that is not my main problem, and I admit it is my problem.
When I bought my first computer in the 1970s, the person teaching me how to operate it talked to me in techie language. I had no clue as to what she was saying. She didn't talk to me in non-techie language that I would understand. I was furious at her and felt she had no respect for me, and certainly didn't help me in my strong desire to learn about computers.
I'm not afraid of change, having gone through constant changes all of my life. But I'm old, and still dealing with change because I'm not a Luddite, but I'm not a techie. The vernacular used is not familiar to me and is not user friendly to the wide range skills of people's knowledge, making it difficult to learn from all the information threads. The designers used current techie vernacular that many of us find difficult to understand. If you're not a techie, you find it mystifying to try to participate. It's clear there is a problem because hardly anyone is posting interesting non-teck talk subjects. The whole site is mostly talking about site problems and how to understand them, how to correct and find things.
I got a similar feeling even though I was reading most of the instruction threads. What the hell is a "tag" and other mysteries. Many of us older A2Kers were not educated for computers while in school. I learned how to use a computer but not a wide scope of operations. I learned enough to meet the needs of my job, which did not include any of the operations of the new A2K site. So it's like beginning all over again trying to navigate the site. That the site is in it's unfinished infancy contributes to the problems.
I think everyone knows that I love A2K and am heart broken that I no longer feel welcome because I'm a non-techie and not capable of being an active and competent poster. The site needs to be friendly to people of all levels of computer skills instead of just techies. That's what I miss.
Butrflynet is correct when she posted that I'm very emotional right now due to the serious deterioration of my son's health. He will have to go through three major surgeries with very long recovery periods and unable to work, the first in September, complicated by a serious complication of large kidney stones this week. He was in so much pain he wanted to die.
I hope you understand.