Your point is heard, but unfortunately the forum software is the forum software. Changing it will/would be a huge investment for the CAD division of ACerS to make..... both in money... but particularly in TIME.
Something that is not often considered when suggesting changes to forums like this is the transfering of the OLD DATA contained in a forum like this to a new piece of software. That old information has value. It would be a SHAME to lose all of it. It is not as simple as you might think to copy stuff like this over. I am a mod at another forum, and due to software glitches and vulnerabilities, they decided to change the forum software. It took about a year and a lot of money and a lot of person-hours to get it done without losing a huge reference resource. We still lost a lot of stuff, and almost a year later we are still finding links that need to be restored.
Just to dispel what might be a myth out there......... the American Ceramic Society is not some sort of "deep pockets" organization akin to Exon-Mobil and other such companies simply rolling in the dough. Yes, money is made, and there is a cashflow, but overall it likely is far smaller economic engine than many people probably think it is. The art side of ACerS is constrained by the fact that is is a part of the arts... not the most lucrative side of the economy in the USA. And the other side of ACerS is centered on the industrial aspects... and remember that in recent times a huge portion of industruial ceramics manufacturing has moved offshore to China and Southeast Asia.
Also remember that ACerS, the parent company of CAD, CM, PMI, and Potters Council is a non-profit.
Relative to the Potters Council portion of ACerS........ the whole main office operation for us is run with only 1 1/2 full time people. That is for dealing with everything..... conferences, publications, member supoport and benefits, correspondence, and so on. Not exactly like a Google work environment . The volunteer Board and Committee members help to pick up the slack (or in some cases the office probably thinks we make them MORE work..... not less ).
So... the organization does the best with what it has available. Changes to stuff like this tend to be incremental, not revolutionary.
We are listening.
Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art
Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China
Former President and Past President; Potters Council