So first of all I would like to make the announcement that the forum has been "upgraded" to version 3.4.2.
Yeah yeah this happened a few days ago but I'd like to make some other announcements as well as explanations to go along with it.
Because this is a brand-new version of the forum software, some things have broke/don't look pretty; I'll elaborate. First, you may have noticed that it looks a bit different when you quote someone's post.
It looks much different and if I may say... "horrible" as before you got a nice text box image. This unfortunately is out of my control, but all IP Board forum users are experiencing this and are letting the guys in charge of IP Board know. There's a discussion going on at the IP Board forums about the little bugs that happened because of this new update, so hopefully they will be fixed soon.
Second, you may have noticed this if you have used the "View New Content" recently.
The usernames and avatars being changed to "less-than signs" is also a known bug and is linked to the user-group colors. I can fix it so that the page will display normally, but that means everybody's colors will go away leaving the forum to appear "less-colorful" and much more bland.
A third announcement, we have a new skin! Go to the lower-left corner, hit the "change theme" button and select Classy. It may not be something super-awesome like a Pokémon, Legend of Zelda, or Mario skin, but hopefully it will serve as a much better alternative until we do get a nicer skin.
Finally, a smaller announcement, I have sorted the emoticons so they are now grouped according to their facial expression (before it seemed to be completely random). In addition to this, some old friends have returned. Welcome back Yoshi and Mr. Silly!