I guess I'm too old to learn how to do the "quote" thingy or the html thingy (although it worked fine on the old forum ??? ). I'd like to put a reply to specific posters (as worked well on the old forum) but until then, it'll just have to go on the bottom.
Hamish, you are not too old and it is very easy. on the top right hand corner of every single post you will see a link that says quote. click on that and you will be transfered to a post window which will include a quote of the post you are replying to. Just type your reply below that post.
As for coding, you don't have to do coding if you don't want to. the forum posts are done in a rich text editor. you can copy and paste already formatted text and it WILL retain it's formatting. You can do the same for pictures already uploaded online somewhere. If you want, you can also format your text by highlighting the section you wish to format and clicking on any of the buttons in the toolbar above your post window - just like you would do in a word processing program like Word or WordPerfect.
I hope that helps.