A brief update: We are working on the upgrade to the forums, we have it up in test on one of our other sites, here are some screen shots:
New Posts Since Last Visit Alert:
Emoticons are Back:
Go To Last Post:
In addition to these changes, search is getting a drastic overhaul, the ratings system will be completely new, and Private Messages will be able to maintain the formatting with separated paragraphs, bold text, etc.
We are still in testing on the other site, and once we finish the ratings system, and work out any issues, we will start moving it live. I will keep you posted as we get closer, and may ask for a few volunteers to test the forum features.