Hey guys, I thought I would chime in and answer a few of theses questions.
Please forgive my spelling and grammer as it has been a long day and I never was good at that anyway.
A: Converting users
We would have loved to have been able to do that. It was in the original plan however the passwords were encrypted then (and now) and could not be reversed in 90% of the cases. So rather than convert a few and not others we abandoned the idea and decided to start anew.
B: Converting forums
I am personally trying to develop the script to bring over the recent, most viewed, most active etc..
Though the technologies are similiar the data sets are very different. There is a wealth of information in the old forums and I, and others will be working hard over the next month to get these moved.
C: 2 Chucks blogs
I agree whole heartedly. See B above.
Perhaps a better method so more people could see/find it would be to have 2 Chucks submit them (copy/paste) via the new Member Stories area. This way they could be indexed and viewed by a larger target audience.
D: Advance notice.
The original plan was to launch during the EXPO. We would have people stationed in Greensboro as well as the home office to handle the 5-6 hours of work and configurations. However at the last minute some of the personnel was going to have to be in Greensboro leaving us short handed at the office for a task of this size.
We then decided on an un-official launch date. We had approx 72 hours to prepare for this always with a plan to rollback if neccesary. Not only is this a new site but it is also hosted by a new server and all BM sites had to be moved. During this launch we came to a point of commiting or rolling back the launch. After some quick discussion and debate we moved forward.
Sorry for any inconvienance...
We have experienced troubles with the registration process. We originally had the Beta site locked down to invitees only. During the conversion to open registration some bugs were found. We have corrected a majority of these and will continue making registration an easy and quick process a high priority.
F: Forum colors/backgrounds
Done, though we probably will continue to tweak here and there...
G: Old forums
The old forums will not be deleted and will remain accessible trhu links. Like I stated before there is a wealth of information there that we will maintain/convert. The forums will be locked in the future but still searchable/readable etc...
I hoped I answered a few of your questions if not please feel free to PM me and I will do my best to respond.