It has been a really rough "upgrade" to this last platform, and I feel like I have been chasing my tail trying to get it to get it working the way I want. I read all of your thoughts on this software, and it bothers me that I haven't been able to quickly address all of these issues. Part of the problem is that Joomla is open source, and any change I want to make usually entails having someone write code for it.
If you have the time and inclination, check out www.vbulletin.com and click on the new features of VB5 with Mobile Connect. Or if you are already familiar with vb5 because of another forum that you use that is on it, I would really like to know what you think.
I feel like this would at the very minimum return us to the previous functionality, not to mention add a bunch of new features that are stable. I hate to do this after the time and money invested in this current site, but it seems to me that the only way to get back all of the old users is to make a move like this.