OK. I just learned that this is NOT the extended EasyDiscuss discussions board. I will try one of them next and then as soon as it is working I will try to do two things:
1) rearrange the menu items in this group to try to put the discussions to the top.
2) try to figure out of our existing EasyDiscuss forum could be somehow assigned to this group
3) figure out how to remove this blue background with grey lettering in the text entry fields.