When I first came on earlier, saw it quoting the wrong people in here on the home page - attributed benriggers's comment to Jake. Not a great start...
I too am one of those who kept with the old TVF design until now, because it looked better - especially, more fitting - to me. I miss the clear home page compartmentalisation of the forum areas. I can understand why the icons were eschewed, even if they added a nice visual extra and were a neat little 'indicator' of the sort of discussion to be found.
Although there's a couple of design choices I still feel don't quite belong - the typeface for forum headers and member names above posts, in combination with the forked 'gift ribbon' strips seen behind names and elsewhere (a little incongruous with TV discussion, maybe?) has not got any better to me - I do welcome the additional features, and improvements in certain areas. I think nok32uk makes a very valid point about the background. Besides those aspects, it looks alright.
The above mentioned quote error makes me wonder if this version of the site has been pushed out too soon...
So, the overall impression still 'feels' like a Beta and visually maybe half a step backward... But, in fairness, it's actually quite good on its own merits. I'll get used to it.
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