Understandably a number of people will not like the new setup here. But that's par for the course when a site undergoes a massive facelift.
But the backlash over minor things like gender identity, has gone way over the top, and is totally irrelevant at this juncture.
It was not long ago that a decision regarding keeping this site going or not was in the balance.
People need to look at the bigger picture rather than get bogged down with minor irritations and issues as to the way the site is currently.
The new site will not be perfect and "as we'd like it" at the start. It's a massive undertaking moving both this and a 15 year old site which has literally TB's of data to transfer for 600,000+ members, over to a new platform.
Time is of the essence as there will be no further support on this current platform from mid-September and it's essential we try and get both this site and the larger one up by then.
So let's get the bulk of the site up and running, and then anything missing / that needs changing, can be patched / addressed later, and improvements will then be ongoing.
We have a whole support / dev team now who will be able to implement required changes as they become necessary / on the members' essential wish list.
Thank you for your support and understanding while we are in transition.