Speed is my #1 criteria. Speed of finding answers, getting answers, posting questions, and just general page loading.
I view these forums almost exclusively from my daytime job. I can't be see as continually web surfing. I need to get an answer to particular questions quickly. So page load speed is important.
I also HATE grey text. All text should be BLACK. Unless it is grey for a real reason, like a legal disclaimer or something.
I would like to be able to upload screenshots to be able to clarify problems, that is one thing I will accept if it's a tiny bit slower.
Sorry to sound like a rant but in order to do my job I need these forums to get answers. Having them crash n burn like the last time would be a big problem.
After looking at the new forum test, I can agree that at this point speed is the major issue. It is SLOW! I have given up for now just because of the slow speed. Even the editing and such is slow. The edit page takes about 14 seconds to load. Going to another discussion, or just back to the past discussion using the BACK button takes a lot of time. Probably a minimum of 5 seconds, probably more. The new forums are not a good reason for me to hang around, I have other things to do with the wasted time (unless I could figure out how to work as I wait, but time management was never my thing!).
Well, you shouldn't have to work weekends. Especially if there will be scads of complaints problems to fix. I see that the beta was launched on a Monday ... good timing. (Although I suspect from your comment you worked all weekend to get it up and ready.)
The new test forum, the page load speed seems comparable to what is loading now.
That is GOOD!
Page function speed needs to be improved. Currently there is 2nd page/window required to respond to a message. This makes it SLOW. Plus, I can't see all the other posts. I would like a "quick reply" box at the bottom of the page, similar to how replies are built now. If I had a complex problem or reply I can use the "full" editor including style buttons and images etc.
I agree the look of it, and wasted screen space, is poor design.