Just popping in to say that I appreciate the feedback (don't hold back!
As qhn said, we are still tweaking things. We are fully aware that a white background doesn't work for everyone - we will always make sure there is a darker option available. Right now, we are making sure to gather ALL feedback and then we will make whatever changes we need. We will always be a forum, no matter what. We are here to showcase what you all know - that's it.
I really hope that this doesn't seem like a situation where we think we know everything and what we say goes. It really isn't.
For those wondering why we even did this (a redesign), let me address that for you. We have been getting feedback (requested or not) for years. We wanted to make sure ALL readers knew that they were welcome here - gamers, professionals, students, etc. We also wanted to be sure that we were able to bring more of the site's content to people who aren't sure how to dig for it (over 2.2 million posts is a lot, and our search just wasn't cutting it). We wanted to make it more useful. Now certainly those of us who use forums regularly are totally fine with the standard bulletin board format (myself included), but not everyone is. For those who want just a forum, you are more than welcome to use that version. Those who are just coming here for the first time to research their next purchase will probably get more out of the site with the new features.
And for those who are wondering, no, we are not trying to be more like NotebookReview
. NBR is a great resource and we compliment each other. Our goal is to completely focus on user content - posts, reviews, etc. That's where the vaule is since you guys know far more collectively than a bunch of editors or professional reviewers. We just want to make sure we aren't in your way.
And as far as staying in business - sure, that's a goal. LOL But really, we aren't 'going out of business' any time soon. I suppose if you are interested, this board does need to pay a few salaries plus running costs. This is our business - our only business. I doubt that changes much for you, but I wanted you to know that there are really people here and not some anonymous 'site owner.'
Anywhooo, please keep the feedback coming... I really want to hear it and I will take note of everything. We have immediate plans to try some changes to the post display - stay tuned for that. We want to make browsing the forums as easy as possible.