I hated the old forums because you had to click on every headline to view the posts.
Therefore I think the new layout is very nice. This is how a forum is supposed to be - after all this i how all the major forums are (vBulletin, phpBB, Punbb etc.).
Man, I really didn't want to be so hyper critical of the new forum design because I want them to continue to TRY new methods for improvement but really, something about this new layout makes me just not want to read more than a couple of topics and a couple of replies.
It's like everything is SO spread out now because every word of every post is already open and I just don't feel like scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and then clicking on Page 2 and Page 3 and ....
Sorry... I'm really hating this new layout. I wanted it to work and thought I might personally acclimate to it but so far, it just ain't happenin'.