Ultimately, this will be a great thing. As opposed to being stuck on an ancient (and frequently crashing) BBS system, the community is now on a much more stable platform that has engineers dedicated to maintenance and improvement on a regular basis. In the long run, that will make for a great system.
In the short term, though, there are many issues to overcome. Here are just a few:
1 — If you had an account in the old GEC you’ll need to “claim” your username on the new site in order to maintain ownership of your old posts. It’s a slick process that seems to work rather well, but you can report issues in this forum if you’re having problems.
2 — The option to “Share to the Google Earth Community” from withing Google Earth isn’t working right now, though it should be back up in the next few weeks.
3 — KML download links are sending users to an interstitial page; not a deal-breaker, but could be kind of annoying and may potentially break some network link KML files out there.
In addition, there were many features that frequent users of the old BBS system will miss. Some of those features are replaced by features in Google Groups. Some features Google is planning to add to the new GEC system, and may even get implemented in the near future. Use the links provided to provide suggestions on what you think would improve the new community.
Google has worked hard over the last few weeks to have the community running as smoothly as possible, including adding thousands of redirects to make sure links in the community will always point you in the right direction. As you begin to dig into the new community, be sure to use the bug reporting and improvement suggestion forums frequently to help improve the system as much as possible.