I hit refresh on a thread and was hit with a Surprise!
I like the new look. And I LOVE the new like feature!!
Now if I agree with something someone says, I can SAY so by liking it, and not feel the need to directly respond to everyone and say so.
I didn't have any issue with the search feature. It took me to my result page which I felt was EASIER to find than before, and I was still able read snippets about the thread before opening it, so everything worked fine for me there. Actually, if it were at all possible, I would LOVE to see dates listed on the search results, and even have the results listed newest - oldest. It would help me a lot to find the most recent information.
After clicking on a few pages getting a feel for the new design, I've decided I agree with several posters here. I don't like the "Recent Activity" side-bar. I thought it was a good idea at first glance, but it started to bother me after a few pages. And like someone else said, it's a bit redundant to see the side-bar while viewing the actual Recent Threads page. Also, I was unable to figure out how to turn it off in my control panel. Am I able to do that as an Unsubscribed member?
[EDIT] - Nevermind, found it. I didn't scroll down far enough
It'll be interesting to see how the TAGGING system works. Looking forward to that
Overall, however, two thumbs up for the updated design. And I love the new banner, too!