Good points. The problem is not so much the bugs, but the different look and the missing features. In some ways the changes are saying, "hey, you know you're old forum blew, this new one is much better". The problem is, people liked the old forum, so the changes are not additive. They may be "on another planet" of functionality but to many it just seems like a future promise that has little meaning right now. We haven't even discussed the ads. The changes give the wrong impression that it was all done for more commercial space and targeted advertising.
Unfortunately, that is my visual impression as well. I think the features will really come into their own and be very user-friendly down the road, once content is posted and we learn how to navigate. Currently, text is way too small, with the ads taking up too much space. Maybe supporters can get a non-ad version, like accuweather.com has? Over at MTBR.com, we have ads on the main page and at the top of the forums, but they don't crowd out the content, as these seem to be doing. Once you get into the content, they are limited to the top of thread, and don't take up screen space. They are there if you want to see them, not really a hinderance if you wish to ignore them. And, the ads are directly relevant to mtbr.com (supporting shops and companies are only allowed to advertise there, and only for things mountain and road bike related) rather than "find your dream golf package" banner ads that we are seeing on Epicski.
It has been my general experience (as a avid forum user for many hobbies) that the most relevant forums, those that contain the best pool of information from users, never have an overt-ly commerical feel to them. Sure, many are run for profit (MTBR.com charges for classifieds and banner ads/sponsorship) while Audiogon.com charges for classified ads $4+1% of the sale price) an well as their blue-book service and has featured "category sponsors" who are either dealers or manufacturers. Epicski, in my opinion, as as much of a wealth of information as any of the best hobby forums I frequent. Unfortunatley, the current layout makes it look much more like audioreview.com (a worthless site which most audiophiles po-po and has worthless reviews, probably submitted by employees of the manufacturer), rather than mtbr.com (a superb site, in my opinion, the definitve mountain bike forum, really Epicski and TGR rolled into one). I am worried that new users will be turned off by the current layout: I would be if I were a potential new user.
Thanks to everyone who is trying to make this site the best it can be! I am sure we will get some of these bugs straighened out!