Can anyone share advantages and/or disadvantages of using "Firefox" over the "Internet explorer" or other web browser.(Besides "spell check") Curious if I should consider another options besides the "Internet explorer".
The spell checker in Opera works fine as well with the forum.
Web browser preference is a subject that borders on religious fervor. IE may be a great browser now, for all I know, but it was so bad for so long that I avoid using it except when required to accommodate proprietary software (Netflix streaming video, in particular). Also, its not good for the computer-using community to be in a monopolistic IE-lockdown. Last time I checked, IE was still ignoring SVG, but maybe they've gotten around to that.
I feel Opera is slightly faster and less of a memory hog than Firefox, but in many ways they are very similar. FF has hundreds of plugins that can give it enhanced abilities. For instance, I have a plugin that lets me edit forum comments like this in my favorite text editor.
However, it gets tedious having to maintain the revision level of the plugins every time the browser upgrades. Opera has "widgets" instead, but not so many of them. Opera has an embedded email client, which makes it convenient for going back and forth between browsing and emailing. The Thunderbird email client, which can work with FF, is slow coming up on my system.
FF & Opera work on Linux, which might be of interest if you spend any time on that platform and want to maintain a uniform experience (and share bookmark data between systems). Opera has some neat gee-whiz features, like tabbed web pages that show you a thumbnail of the contents of the web page as you hover over the tabs.
According to a widget on Opera, the browser with the most dangerous security holes currently is Safari.
Since all the browsers are free, there seems to be little downside to trying out different browsers. Probably any browser is OK for web-forums, unless of course it happens to be missing a spell checker