I can honestly say that I have tested the site with people of that age group (over 2 dozen folks in that genre) that don’t even know how to select text, copy or paste... (I’m not joking)... I’m quite certain your users are more computer literate than that.
Not by much.
Sure they will have difficulty, but I found that with enough instruction or resources on where to find that instruction, an Admin to email if they have difficulty and PATIENCE it was quite possible for them to pick it up and they did fine... no complaints anymore.
I capitalized Patience because that was ALWAYS the biggest issue when showing those folks how to use the system.
As long as they had patience and were willing to learn how to use the system, they would pick it up no problem at all, but if they were stubborn or impatient, they were very nearly impossible to work with.
I think you nailed it here. My users don't have the patience to learn it. They did to a point, and even figured out how to change their gender, tho I had to tell them step by step.
Now, my newest forum, well....text links confused some of them. I can't imagine what they would do with the mcp.
For my part, I do have a test board setup. My regular "live" forum is phpBB2. If I can't learn it, I cant inform my users. I'll take my time, and learn all I can. I already know how to use the mcp becouse I had it setup on my phpBB2 board once upon a time, before my users begged me to remove it. The acp is taking some getting used to, but i'm learning.
Now, when I was talking about something not working, I was talking about: "admin panel/styles tab/themes/subsilver-edit/" (sheesh, too many links)
to edit the style from the acp. I changed every color there to purple. (just testing) and only half the colors in the template changed. In phpBB2, the whole board would have been purple. That's the only thing I was talking about that didn't work. I'm having to trudge thru code that I don't understand, change a color, upload, check, curse, change the color code back and try another just to do something that used to be as simple as changing text colors. I learned in a month how to do this very thing in the code for phpBB2. I'm going to have to learn php programming just to make this board look the way I want it. (or wait for someone to make a template that's close and attempt to change it)
For the record, for every 1 thing I don't like about phpBB3, there are probably 10 things I do like. I just think they could have simplified things instead of over complicating things. (if I were a php/css programmer, this would all be simple. I'm not tho.)
I'll definately be using v3 for my gamer board, as that is where it is suited. For my other 2, I'll just stick with v2.
I didn't mean to stir a conflict here. Just wanted to air my disapointment.
Oh, and for the record, I've looked at those so-called "Pay for me" boards. No thanks. Everyone I've looked at, (a grand whopping total of 3) have made me retch. I'll stick with phpBB. It's the best bar none.