Data point. Forum version 2 supported Firefox v2. Forum version 3, not so much.
This post is just the last gasp of a dinosaur.
I recognize this is my problem, not the forum's, so will work to upgrade on my end.
Mine was probably the oldest system on the forum (P2, Firefox v2, dialup). Thought the annual tax s/w problem would be the issue that forced me to upgrade.
I recognize the forum upgrade makes the forum screens look cleaner with fewer unsightly text links hanging about, but the additional scripts required to implement the hidden menu popups and other improvements have slowed my old PC to a crawl. And one incompatible script freezes and gives the "unresponsive script" browser popup on every screen.
With multiple opened tab of new posts to read, the unresponsive scripts slow each other such that the mouse and keyboard become almost unresponsive, as I wait to answer the "unresponsive script" popups.
This update (cleaner look at the cost of additional complexity) reminds me of Vanguard's website update a few years back and the complaints/replies received. The majority of replies then were not that Vanguard's simple text was good enough so the update was a step backwards, but that customers should upgrade their systems/connections so they could handle the added complexity needed to be able to recover simple text. The logic then being that new must always be better.
I recognize forum admin needs to keep apace of the forum developers or be left behind. Keep up the good work.
I'll work toward upgrading on my end.
P.S. Silly question. If websites can maintain multiple versions (standard and mobile), why not also keep the last simple html version for older systems? Early adopters select forum version 3+, and users with older systems stay with forum version 2. (I tried Vanguard's then new mobile version, it wasn't that good: you could see partial fund data, but not execute transactions.)
I ask because gmail maintains a simple html version to support old systems while its full featured side continues to advance. The simple version allows you to send emails, but fancy text formatting and embedded pictures are not supported. (Yes I do realize google has almost unlimited support.)
Would it be possible for forum version to be a user selection? Don't know how this would play with forum indexing.
Recognize that after the last dinosaurs die and everyone else has upgrades, that a simple html version is not required. So more work benefiting no one.
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