If you don't want to use all the wowie-zowie features, here's a quick way to get going on the new version of Geekfest:
LOG IN: Upper right hand corner of the page. Enter your user name & password.
VIEW TOPICS: Click on the links to the forums you want to read. (Then click on the links to individual topics.) Forums are the same as they were on the old version of Geekfest with two new additions: News (top), and Board Tech Support (under services.)
START A NEW TOPIC: Once you're in a forum (for example: Open Forum) you can start a new topic by clicking on the "New Thread" button. Look at the upper left hand corner of the screen for this button:
Whack the button. It will take you to a screen where you can enter the title and message for your topic. Then press the "Submit New Thread" button. There are all kinds of editing icons on the topic screen. Just ignore them if they freak you out.
REPLY TO A TOPIC: When you're reading an ongoing conversation and you have something to say, look at the upper left hand corner of the screen for this button:
Whack the button. It will take you to a screen where you can post your answer. Once again, just ignore all the editing icons (like bold, italics, add image, etc.) if you don't want to use them. (Or see "Quick Reply" below.) Then press the "Post Reply" button.
That's about it, folks. Everything else is just lagniappe.
Feel free to experiment with the other features as you get more comfortable and, please, post your questions here so everyone can participate in the Q&A. Guaranteed: If you have a question, somebody else does too.
Thanks and have fun!