After using the new format for several days, I have a few more comments and observations.
1. I do like the Recent Solutions and Recent Posts right there up front and center....I can get a quick read on activity and threads without having to open each section.
2. I do like the mail notification of Private Messages....especially since the little envelope is not near as obvious as the previous--I guess I was pretty attached to the "gold envelope in the corner" - I miss it! The new icon is not nearly as eye-catching.
3. You kept the "View discussion in a popup" option - thank you - I use that one a lot.
Guess that's all for now....
The mods do an awesome job!