There are many features on this forum that we did not have on the old one. There are several Waltons-related avatars that you can add to your profile. You can also use text formatting in your messages. You have the option of sending personal messages to other users. The best feature is the security in having a registration-only forum.
If you're looking for the links to the reunion photos, the DVD purchases, or the cast member addresses, you can find them on the Information Board.
It will take awhile for everyone to get used to the new forum, but I really think you will like it better once you've used it for awhile. You can still access the old forum at www.voy.com/167136/. You can no longer post there, but the messages are still there for you to read.
Feel free to go ahead and start new messages here at this forum. If you have questions about how to use the forum, you can also post them here, or you can send me a personal message and I'll help you if I can.