Found something odd happening. I have a this->msg in my AfterItemUpdate bit that tells me "nothing changed". So I'm finally testing this thing and noticed that I get that message when I initially create a post. Weird? I went ahead and put a this->msg in each of the 6 hooks associated with this area and made another post.
* No changes detected so no changes made #5.
So the only one that didn't get used was AdminBeforeItemEditUpdate. Obviously I can remove the msg that highlighted this to me, but I'm curious: why would b2evolution use dbupdate() after using dbinsert()?
* I'm assuming that's what is happening based on the trail this->msg is showing me.