According to my Azzy (the owner and admin for the dinotopia board), the upgrade is mandatory. The most that can be done is to postpone it for a few weeks, which she said she's been trying to do. It seems we're far from the only ones having issues, and most proboards have been complaining about it.
I find the desktop version is so-so, mobile version is pretty awful, almost like it was designed for older mobiles with limited browsers and could only scroll down not side ways (ie - viewing in landscape).
If anything is slow to load its unlikely to be your computer, either proboards is suffering high bandwidth or a poor connection to your ISP, there aint much code being used in loading this forum.
I had absolutely no issue on multiple browsers/machines/connections until version 5 went active. And that includes through the use of academic network connectionss which are unhampered by limited bandwidth in the same way commercial ISPs are.
I was just thinking one of the reasons that I might have had fewer problems is that we had to rebuild the computer late last year so everything is newish, could it just be people need to update to the newest versions of browsers/flash/adobe reader or whatever?
My only issue has been on my phone and thats not been updated for 2 years.
Click on the the three black bars Ralph, and a menu will appear, can you go down to about Google Chrome. It will display the version number. Let me know what the version number is (copy and paste it into a reply)?