I, too, am glad that you keep the old message board. This site is great, but qualities as a message board do miss. To me it more seems to be a platform for information and a meeting point for those who love Eric and his music. For a message board it is not structured well enough. Right now things are still quite okay, but let it get older, you never will be able to find an old topic and you hardly will be able to keep up a discussion for more than just a few posts. The same questions will come up over and over again. So I think keeping the old message board is the best you could do. Thank you!
My opinion is this site is no substitute for the original forum but it is an alternative to the previous website. Although more interactive and there are many photos which is nice, I don't feel so in touch with the people.
In the forum many of us have become friends and share a great variety of musical interests and hobbies besides the much loved Eric. I can see no reason for losing access to that forum where we can share all manner of ideas and even personal issues until the cows come home if we want to. It's surely healthy to have open discussions without the trimmings as well as sitting here watching photos and trawling through messages or checking tour dates. What is missing here is the fans are real people. I'm sure Eric appreciates that. Best wishes, Tigger :)