Wow, that's quite the change. There are things I really like but I feel like it has lost some of the charm this old site holds.
Is that a final version, or is it a bit of a WIP still?
I backtracked through the rest of the thread. Is no one else going to mention that Tael is not nearly as old and grey as I had imagined?
On a more serious note, I do really like the vast majority of what's happening, but I really like our monochromatic scheme so the colorful buttons don't sit well with me (minor annoyance, if they're not changing I'll become accustomed). The major thing I noticed is that the ranks and castes aren't laid out the same. Is it possible in the new layout to adjust that? I really like seeing a real Tau rank near users, it really ties together the "Tau Orbital" motif. I saw that it still shows caste beneath the user, so maybe rank could be displayed there?
Also, happy belated birthday ATT. I have definitely made closer Internet friends here than anywhere else, and there is one member in particular I would go so far as to call battle brother, because we've bonded so closely these past few years. I think he knows who he is.
I will echo what others have said: This site changed not just my hobby, but my Internet conduct in general. I'm honored to be part of this glistening gem of a website.