OK, I'm definitely slow on the uptake, and am very bad at paying attention these days.
I'd been using a bookmark which for some reason had me looking at the forum in the old format (?? I did zero investigation, but that appears to be it). But now it appears I can go directly to eggheadforum.com and have the forum load as I want it (previously you had, what, 2 extra clicks to get to content. Now those appear to not be needed).
Anyway, I have to say that now that I have that straightened out I do like the new look a lot so far. I think it's a nice improvement. First, no need for extra clicks, and I can just go right to eggheadforum.com. Second, I love how I can hide the Update Central and Eggfest Central content when I want to. That's definitely my default view since, in general, it's the forum content I want to view when I visit the forum.
My only remaining gripes, and they're minor, are:
I wish I could hide the Who's Online and Poll options which currently straddle the forum content in my view. It's very possible that I can do this, but I haven't taken the time yet to know how. I think this is already much better than before and we're getting more content after the first click, but if I had things exactly my way, my default view would be almost all forum content plus just that top navigation bar (which I also like, by the way. Nice and unobtrusive).
I wish the Back button worked as I'd expect. The Return to Index is a nice mitigation, but I still forget pretty often and hit Back like I do on all other forums.
The forum *seems* a little faster than before, but that could just be me not paying attention. But it could still be a little more zippy.
Again, those are minor nits, and really after a couple quick looks this appears to me to be a very nice improvement. I even like the slightly darker color scheme.
I also really like the ability to subscribe to topics with email alerts. That's something I'm starting to use a bunch, and something I use on many other forums (it does get my inbox a little more out of control than it already was, but that's a great feature in general).
Great work, WMK and WPB (what does that stand for?). Thanks!