Well, a few days of 'getting used to the new layout' hasn't helped at all.
What I like:
The 'Recent Activity' on the front page. Um... that's all.
What I don't like:
1. The brightness, the white space, and the fact it looks more like a 'store' now.
2. All the personal individual touches have gone.No friends list so you can't see which of them is online at a glance anymore. No option to personalise your signature anymore.
3. No 'ignore' list? I lost count of the times mods told people (me included) to put people on their ignore list if they couldn't get along with them - and now that feature is gone?
4. It's not as user-friendly as before. Navigating the site takes more steps, it's harder to find what you're looking for, and well, hell, I hate it now!!
Yes, I know change is never very welcome. But when change is for the good, it's a lot easier to accept. In this case I think the change has got rid of many useful features that made the site feel unique and friendly, so I don't think the change was positive.
It would have been much better (in my humble opinion...) if the features that made it feel more of a community had been carried over with the new layout. So much has been taken away, and so little (of use) has been added.
Maybe I'll get used to it after a week or so, but that doesn't mean I'll ever like it