The Daddy was so confused why the log in wouldn't work...I'm going back to the old forum to see what I missed. I've been gone for a week!
The forum's on a completely different system than the old board, so you just had to re-create your account, like you apparently figured out. Otherwise, this board isn't a whole lot different than the old one. It's just that this one integrates with the main site and will allow for a lot more features in the future. Plus it makes signing up for the forum a lot easier for new people as they needed a separate login for the main site and the forum before.
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