Our new layout really looks good for visitors who just want to read the thread. These are typically people who are coming from a Google or Bing search intending to solve a specific problem and then leave EggHeadCafe. Based on various logs, the new more "reading" friendly layout is starting to show the desired results.
However, way too many members were having difficulty regularly participating in the forum threads. The eye needs to scan a page differently in each scenario.
So, I've plugged in a different layout that is a little more classic for signed in members. Just a note, the "Subject" line of a forum post is still used "if" the member didn't just use the standard "re: some previous title". In the event, the poster uses the classic "re:", we show a little different look to the post. No use repeating 12 instances of the same "re:" line in a thread.
I don't mind tweaking the signed in member layout even more if enough people have concerns about the same issue(s).
I realize some of you are still having various editor issues when using IE 8.0.601 or really old versions of Chrome or FF. Most of them are inside the new Telerik editor and there isn't much I can do about that. Of course, there are other IE 8.0.601 issues that are more easy to solve than others.
For you IE 8 lovers (count me as one), there are more recent IE 8 builds than 8.0.601 that don't have these issues.
As always, thanks a ton for the feedback and help ironing out some of these problems. I plan to write up an article for November's newsletter describing what I've done on the site this month and why. For anyone who is interested :)