This is from an earlier posting of mine:
As for the forum, the old one was powered by Social Strata. A link to an archived page showing this is below. But if you look at the top of the page, you see /eve. As you can see at the bottom of this page, the new forum is powered by Hoopla. There is a very huge difference and not a lot of folks liked it. There are 82 comments on the new format. In the second link, it is about social strata. And it takes you to their explanation that hoopla is their flagship. How a company could change formats so drastically is beyond me. But it is what it is. The third link takes you to the 82 comments. The last link was about voting for the new format.
You may need to google 'Wayback Machine" and then punch in forum.cookshack.com
Sometimes the link does not work. But you can easily see the much loved former forum.