I know I only post very rarely, but I do read the forums a lot.
As for the website redesign, what we have here is a perfect example of how not to 'upgrade' a website & forums. It's very sad. Jude says he really cares about the forum users. If that were so he'd have consulted them about the 'upgrade' before doing it. FAIL.
Why were/are there so many bugs? That's what alpha and beta testng is all about. Various trusted forum members should have been asked to help out with the beta testing and give fedback before the new website went fully live. FAIL.
As for the new software itself, well, big con. From a web designer point of view it's a massive FAIL. Does not meet accessibility standards, and does not meet agreed web standards. In order to prove my point, the main front page has 195 coding errors. Honest! If you don't believe mem, check for yourselves. Goto http://validator.w3.org/ and type in the main (or any) head-fi page address. Standards compliance? MASSIVE FAIL.
Seriously, Jude and whoever designd/coded this new site should be ashamed of themselves.
Personally I'd have gone for Joomla with an embeded phpBB forum, and scrapped all the ads. The sponsers probably pay enough to cover the hosting costs, with even some left over as profit!
Oh and please excuse the spelling mistakes. On EVERY other forum I am a member of, my built in forefox spell checker takes care of all that. But not here. Actually, on every other forum I'm on the software works properly. Here, I can't even right click to copy and paste. That just shows you how crap this software is.
The Head-Fi forum redesign could have been so good. As it is, and as any web designer will tell you, it's a total joke, and one big, massive FAIL. And don't get me started on the backend technology and user interface. Good grief!
Mind you, with 195 coding errors on just the main front page, The only thing I can conclude is that this must be an April Fools joke gone too far.