Hello All, first, the old website platform was built on coding language that computers don't speak anymore, programmers don't code for anymore, and servers don't serve anymore. Remember all the times CC has gone down over the past year? Yeah, that's why. Most of you probably have no idea the heroics that had to be done to keep the site up without loosing all it's data - that means massive amounts of money and a lot of manpower has to be spent by CC to keep all the user profiles, threads, photos and recipes from going POOF. Gone. So think about it this way, the old site was a 1972 Datsun, it had 450,000 miles on it and is about to seriously die for good and strand you in the middle of the desert with no cell reception. You can either keep slapping on very expensive band-aids that won't do you any good much longer and take your chances crossing an endless desert, or you can tearfully retire the Datsun and buy a 2013 Porsche. Yeah, driving the Porsche with all it's fancy buttons, dials and doo-hickies may take some getting used to, but it's the right thing to do.
So yeah... there is NO going back.
Second, of course CC is watching, reading and taking in all feedback!
Third, the new site has been in beta for several months and had many, many people - current CC members like me as well as the programming staff at Huddler - testing testing testing. We (mostly they because I've been super busy so I don't mean to take too much credit here) did the best we could.
Fourth, I venture to guess the site is having issues running on Internet Explorer because I have had zero issues using Chrome - but I don't know this for sure. If someone hasn't already, please email CC or post a thread in the technical issue section of the forums and let them know.
Fifth, I don't understand the privacy thing - your privacy is no more open with the new site then it was before. People could see when you were online before and people could read all the threads you posted on. You probably just had no idea and never paid any attention to it. All I had to do is type "fromscratchsf cake central" into Google and every thread I've ever posted on since I joined this site would pop up - good, bad and ugly. All the new site did was add the ability for people to follow you and get an email when you post anything new. All I can say is if you have issues with someone following your online thread postings, then you shouldn't be posting online!
Last, give it a chance! A lot of really hard work went into this site to get it on par with other sites of it's size.