On the other hand the forum IS supposed to be searchable by just anybody who stumbles across it, I thought, not only by registered members? The whole reason we left it up there is for new members and non-members looking for information to be able to have access to everything that's there. Thanks for bringing all this to light for us!
Ah... as far as I know anyone can look
at the forum, but only members can use the search facility (of course you can't join as a member any more) but it's possible to find things by looking manually i.e. guests can click on the recipe section, then on "desserts" and scroll down to find the brownies, or they can follow a link from here given by one of us. Hope this clarifies things? AFAIK that's the only way we can have it now.
It's regrettable that we ever had to change software, but the software for the previous forum was no longer being developed or supported so it was open to security threats and already had been hacked once, hence us moving over to this software. The nature of the software on the old forum meant we couldn't transfer all the messages over here except by doing it manually message by message, and I'm sure people understand that no one had the time (nor the will) to do that.