A poor transition, imo.
I like new software. I'm kind of a tech-geek. I run 5 OSs on 3 computers, and own nearly 10K in software alone. (more than my computers' net worth.)
However, I haven't enjoyed learning this new software at all. Actually, I haven't learned anything. Where are the active threads I've been following? Why would I 'subscribe' to something if there isn't a collection of my subscribtions away from the 'edit subscriptions' window? The new subscribe feature seems completely useless. Maybe it's not completely functional yet.
Why have I been turned into a beta-tester without being asked? PoachNinja ran for months in private mode before launching. Epic should have done the same thing. The Mods + Volunteers could have easily piloted it.
I've been having a fallling-out with Epic recently... this transition is killing it for me.
I like the look & feel... just miss the functionality and ease-of-use.
The thing with Web 2.0 software is too many builders try to implement ALL the technologies when they just simply don't mesh. Look at the menu bar above and you'll see- Home (whosever that is), Gear, Resorts & More (Gear and Resorts have only one tab? and- what do those have to do with Community?), Forums (many-to-many communication), Wiki (anybody-can-edit information), and My Profile (I'm important in this everybody-is-anonymous community.)
When it comes to 2.0 software, you have to actually fish for a niche... not just cast a net seeing what you'll catch. I think the net is freaking some people out... including myself.
FWIW, most developers are already moving beyond 2.0 by simplifying interfaces... making information more CONCISE and less RANDOM... removing the need to make everything require a link or a tag. You are witness the burst of the 2.0 bubble... making community realize where they belong. Twitter is perfect proof... you can't be more concise than twitter... or more revolutionary.
Some people are comparing this to facebook. Mistake. facebook doesn't have a forum... and is not designed to be a communicate-wtih-everyone platform. That's where they nailed it. And that is the mistake Epic is making... going from a community to a wanna-be-global-entity.
Epic may succeed... I won't gamble yet... but the BETA has yet to end.
In the mean time, count me out.