I'm posting more than before, but less than a little while ago. Been busier.
In a short time there's going to be a big update to the site's navigation. The sorting on the topic grids is going away with individual pages like "new posts" and "new topics" coming back. There's also a big change in looks to improve on the washed out look this current site has, a new logo and a tag listing page to replace the old forum index page.
The layout for this new UI is dramatically different, but still far from perfect. We don't have a graphic designer with us at the moment and have other full time jobs now and can only do so much in our spare time, but it should address a lot of the current UI's deficiencies.
There's a lot that it won't address (like PMs, search, email updates) but those are priorities for us and we will get around to them as we are able.
We haven't posted any updates to the blog because we've been working on this major change, so here's some screenshots of where we are at:
Here we made better use of space (that ditching the two column layout gave us) to include a much larger tag cloud on the right of every topic grid. It has related tags displayed as category subtags and is a much more powerful way to browse tags.
Here's a listing of tags only, where you can browse the tag index like you would the old forum index. Of course the look is very different, we are dealing with a lot more variety than the old forums (that didn't even have subforums) so the display is in the familiar style of directory listings with related tags listed below each tag.
Here's a topic page. With the removal of the side column, there is a lot more information we need to fit into the main content area. So the big change here is the topic headers that contain the information that was in the side column (namely tags).
We're working on this as fast as we can, and these changes and improvements will come out soon as we can make them. I know I say that a lot, but the bottom line is that we put as much of our spare time into this as we can. We have full time jobs now and are working on this at night and on weekends as much as we can (and probably a bit more than we can if you ask our friends and family).
If you don't like it you don't like it, but if your reasons are things that we've already committed to do (like PMs, search, email updates...) then complaining about how we haven't gotten around to it yet is frustrating to us, because those things take time and we are giving it all the time we can afford.