Hehe... hard to believe the thousands of posts you must have read to date -- and you haven't noticed anything underlined, bolded or in italics ? :)
What Eric means is that in other forum software, there are buttons just like in MS Word. You highlight text and then click a number of different buttons to apply the text formatting you want. No HTML coding necessary. Point and Click. Also they have buttons to easily apply hyperlinks, glowing text, marquee text, left/center/right text align, indent text, font size, font face, quick link to pictures on such services as Picasso and Webshots, FTP links, insert tables, super and sub scripts, bullets, a library of smileys and similar graphics, Spell check, and even a preview screen to check and see that your links and even pictures are correct before you post.
For example Simple Machine's SMF software can do all of this. And I think it is Open Source and is free. Even has shopping cart in it.
But what do I know? I am just an old fart who doesn't even know what facer book and tweeter is. And I use my cell phone to CALL people :)
But then, I really did like Word Perfect and Lotus 123 for DOS and don't understand why we changed. And I still use a slide rule, and think a compass is vastly superior to a GPS unit.
Maybe this is what Guey is? Or is it GUI?
I guess what Eric really might be saying that since this is the 21st century, maybe we could move into the present millennium :)