Change. People fight it. People detest it. People hate it. What the hey??? The thing about change is that there ain't nothing anybody can do about it. You're gonna change, your wife's gonna change, your frequency of peeing is going to change. It happens. That top-end, state-of-the-art camera that you bought and pranced around with in front of your buddies?...well, next thing you know it it's outdated and one of your buddy's shows up with the MK II version. The manufacturer *changed* it! t's inevitable...change happens (as does other stuff).
I'm a lowly wannabe photographer who probably would be better off using a shoebox with a pinhole in it and a roll of 120 film or something to get my images but I try with a fancy camera to capture what I see...I've got a long way to go. And I'm new to the forum so I'm still an outsider. But, I'll risk speaking out of turn here....I've never been the sharpest blade in the drawer anyhow.
What's with all this "I hate the new look!"..."I'm out of here!"....."I'm dizzy..."....etc., etc., posts. Yeah it's different, yeah it's not what your used to using. Get over it and get on with it. I don't know Pekka personally but I do know that he's never charged me a dime to use this forum and I would say that I have benefited greatly in my feeble photography education(?) from browsing it for information. Matter of fact, he made it very easy to join the forum. Sometimes software gets outdated and needs revamping. Pekka, I understand, wrote the code for the original forum because he wanted to...he's written the knew version because again (yelp) he wanted to. Oh yeah, server space, hosting, etc., etc.,...who's paying for that? Hey, if Pekka wants to paint the forum puke green with pink chickens wearing tutu's adorning the borders ....well, it's his website (it would be a rather ghastly looking critter, but...).
What I'm getting at is that this forum is a great gift to the photography community...there's some very smart people here and one's that don't mind helping a dingbat (like me). The look is new, there's stuff missing, there's new stuff, it has....changed. So, rather than beech (that's a tree, ya know) and moan why not go at it in a constructive way with good feedback on the updated site. Yeah, it's different for me, too. I was kind of used to the other format, too but...it is what it is...and the price is the same as the old one. I think Pekka (whoever you are) deserves a pat on the back for all the hard work he does keeping this monster cruising along...it takes a lot of time and energy to keep it going.
Ok, well that's about it. Ok, well, er, dang!!! Where's the SUBMIT button??????