I never mentioned my expectations, that is speculation. I know with my hard edits, I will have even more issues. This is why I don't update often.
I realize that there was an auto-update avail for 3.2.2 --> 3.3 ??? And I followed the instructions I was lead to.
I also read: https://www.phpbb.com/support/docs/en/3 ... upgrade32/
And even tho I was successful in my 2nd post here... I am doing test runs of this update/upgrade on my cloned server, so no worries! I'm just playing with it.. I plan on trying the full next.
Thanks for all good intentions. My only purpose was to possible point out that the auto-update wasn't MERGING the files like it may have intended. Although, perhaps that's what you are pointing at! Again, ty.