Yup, that seems to be the way things are set up here. Would be nice to have editing rights, but I suppose they figure if one allows editing, and one changes a message from a few days ago, no one is going to go back and read that message to note the changes. I think that's why they force new messages to be written. The 15 minute alert that you can edit a post is nice, but one can't edit comments at all. I delete and re-do them myself...so I've learned it's best to try and get it right the first time ;-)
I'll review this feature of the site, but iirc, there are two basic options: Public, which means everyone sees it because it is posted to the front page, or Private, meaning only those you invite to your page/blog can view it. I think the options end there...but hey, don't let that stop you from posting in the future!
I notice that Facebook has a place where one can post links (within groups). May I suggest an interface where people here can share links by posting them? Do refer to Facebook as I may not have described it well.
Fingers crossed here, Don, but I'm hoping the software developers will be able to help us get the forum back online by Monday evening. We have all the necessary dbase back-ups we need, etc. -- so my concern is with the software itself at this point which seems strange given we've never encountered a problem this serious in the many years we've been using the software. Like I said, fingers and toes crossed, but I'm investing whatever has to be done support-wise and professional services-wise to make sure a fix is found.