Thanks Stephen. For some reason yours says new message and mine says new top topic. I reckon I need to give this Lithium Power a chance. It's making me a little manic.
To make a new message it's the "Start a Topic" button which leads to a "New Message" .
"Start a Topic" is sort of odd terminology but I guess it gets the point across.
After cllicking around a while, I've figured out how to use it okay I guess. At this point, I would still consider it a downgrade from where we were but maybe once they get the migration bugs worked out and then get the usability issues worked through and then get the orgainzational issues down, it will be an improvement, maybe.
I'm just having some weird stuff going on on my side. Maybe cause I work for the DOD? But thanks..hopefully it all smooths out soon. I totally rely on everyone who is on this.