Glad you like the new setup. It was long overdue! I would like to second your thoughts about our moderators! They are very much appreciated, as are you. You might as well be a moderator too a you have over 1100 posts. Thanks.
Let me give some history here just so you have an understanding of why this forum exists. I started the Finale Forum back in 1994 or so because I was a full time composer and figured I could use some help with Finale. What immediately happened was people started asking ME questions instead of me answering THEIR questions. There was an obvious need for the forum as Coda (at the time) had no forum so I left it up here. Over the years we upgraded the forums as needed, but my business ventures were taking over and I was no longer a full time composer. The Finale Forum wasn't making any money and in fact, it was costing me money. I figured I'd just leave it up there so that people could use it. I placed some ads on it, but it just sat here not making enough to cover the costs. I have to admit, I basically ignored it for awhile because I was so busy on other much larger projects.
One day I got an email telling me that the forum was taken over by spam. I thought about just shutting down the forum as Coda (MakeMusic) had launched their own forums and I wondered if there was even a need anymore. I looked over the forums and found that people were still trying to use it. At that point I put out a request for moderators, and started to crack down on spam. Mike and Peter volunteered and things started to look up. I decided to add some features like attachments and spam reporting, but I knew we needed a new forum. I just didn't have the time to mess with it. Finally the other day I came by and realized that the old system was just too old, so I bit the bullet and decided to take the time to convert it into this new system myself.
There are several choices for forum software, but overall I think this one fits our needs pretty well. It's not as flashy as some, but it's clean, and fast. I've changed the default style a bit to make the lists easier to read. I've added some padding around the topic titles because they were too close together for my eye. I'm still experimenting so there might be a few more changes. I've also tried to be as discreet as possible with the ads. I hate ads, but we really do need to try to recoup some money if we can, so I've tried to not let them disrupt the purpose of the forum. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on the layout and ads. I'm still tweaking it. There will be little bugs here and there I'm sure, but at this point the new forums look to be stable. The advanced search works well, and amazingly the conversion kept all of our attachments.
I can't tell you how grateful I am for our moderators, Mike and Peter. They have the heart to help people, and are willing to spend time doing it for nothing. Without them, this forum would be much less useful.
Sorry for the novel here. I hope this gives some perspective on a few things. We're going to try to pay a bit more attention to what goes on here, and hopefully we will be able to address issues quicker than in the past. I also hope the Finale Forum continues to be of service to all my fellow composers/musicians out there!
A few other things:
Remember, if you spot spam please report it with the icon on the message.
I'm turning BBCodes back on. If it causes a problem it will be turned back off.
Let me plug a book that one of my friends, Vince Leonard, helped write. It's called Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation, Second Edition
. You can find it in our store